Stage 1 of our 2012 Mustang GT Build: Project Blackout!

I guess I should introduce you to our new manual 2012 Mustang GT. We’ve named it Project Blackout, and if you’ve been following our build on our Facebook page, you probably know that we’re building it up in 4 Stages, from simple bolt-ons, to the ultimate street Mustang with more horsepower than you’d ever need!

When you’re starting with a 400 horsepower (368 to the tires) 5.0L Mustang, some people forget that this thing is no joke – even in stock form! We headed to the track, and on stock tires, stock tire pressure and terrible track prep, we were able to throw down a 13.29 ET. That’s no challenge for us, and we know that similar real-world tests, right off the showroom floor have averaged about 13.0, so that’s what we decided to use as our baseline. Now it was time to mod!

  • JLT Performance Carbon Fiber CAI and Bama Performance Custom Tuner
  • JLT Performance Oil Separator
  • Classic Design Concepts (CDC) Matte Black Chin Spoiler
  • Black Retro Billet Grilles
  • We picked up over 55 horsepower and 40 torque to the ground on our in-house Dynojet 224xLC with only these mods. The dyno results were impressive, but it was the half second gained at the track while still keeping our stock tires and stock tire pressure that really solidified the importance of a Cold Air Intake & Tune as your first mod!

    Project Blackout is looking pretty good, but stay tuned for Stage 2 of our build! What do you think should be our next mods? Comment below and tell us what you think!

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    • Timkinton125

      3″ Strait pipe, w/ cat/back, adds HP and torque, might b loud, but helps a lot. Might also want to add twin turbo, unless already have, let me know fb: Tim Kinton BTW, I’ve got a Chevy malibu E.S.S. the only one in the world:)

    • Donaxp

      I thought it was great, I really would have liked to seen a tune only dyno before you added the CAI though.  But I’m sold

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000624541217 Jeff Douglas

      How about a set of Gears

    • Mark T

      Next in line would be exhaust. 3 inch pipes with Flowmasters….