Hot Lap: Justin’s Project Car, 2016 SVT Mustang, Kooks Giveaway and More!

This month Hot Lap covers the 2016 SVT Mustang, an all motor 2012 GT in the 10’s, Justin’s Project Car, some great new parts and giveaways, and the AmericanMuscle Car Show!

Hot Lap is AmericanMuscle’s monthly video capturing the hottest news in the Mustang World, spanning many Mustang generations and communities. We cover everything from the sickest Mustangs around, new parts that we carry, parts we are giving away, news from Ford, and everything in between.

AmericanMuscle Car Show

The AmericanMuscle Car Show is right around the corner and some more details are starting to fill in. Joining AM’s Justin Dugan is Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner from Pass Time! It will be awesome to add another huge car personality to the AM car show. “Big Schwag” will be joining Chip Foose and Vaughn Gitten Jr, where Vaughn will have the RTR force out in full effect and will be revealing something special he has planned at the show.

Also planned for the show is the big MMD giveaway where one lucky person will be going home with our SEMA project car. As always the AmericanMuscle Car Show will take a percentage of the proceeds and donate it to charity. This year AmericanMuscle is pledging its donation to the Special Olympics.

All-Motor Record Breaker

AM Customer Mike has one sick 2012 Kona Blue GT. This all-motor car, that is an unopened motor, has already been down in the 10.90 range and is working its way towards the record books. The current record holder is at 10.70 for all-motor and Mike plans on smashing that record. So far he has made a lot of modifications to his automatic coyote such as using JBA long tube headers, Cobra Jet Manifold, mono-blade throttle body, 5″ Cold Air Intake, E85 and more.

For the future he is planning on upgrading the stock suspension, the k member, getting the car down to 3,500 pounds with driver, going with an external electric water pump and more. Already his car is making 460 HP and 399 lb-ft TQ. Pretty impressive numbers, but Mike is shooting for more with his 2012 Mustang. After he grabs that sub 10.70 time, he is going to open the motor up and upgrade the cams and heads. AmericanMuscle will be at MIR race track when Mike attempts his record-breaking pass, so be sure to check back for updates.


AmericanMuscle has two great giveaways going on this month. The first one is a C&L Cold Air Intake and Bama SF4/X4 handheld tuner which is for Fox bodies to S197’s. A Cold Air Intake and tuner are a great way to add some decent power and improve your fuel economy. To win this sweet combo all you have to do is subscribe to the AmericanMuscle Youtube Channel.

The second giveaway is a set of Kooks long tube headers and mid-pipe for 1996 – 2014 Mustangs. Kooks makes incredible exhaust systems that are made from high-quality parts by some of the best fabricators in the business. To win this sweet giveaway just click here, follow the directions and fill in the required information.

Justin’s 2014 Mustang Project Car

Justin Dugan, the face of AmericanMuscle has been doing more work on his 2014 Mustang GT Project Car, building it up even more. In Stage 2 of his build, Justin added a Cobra Jet Intake Manifold, a mono-blade throttle body, off road H-Pipe, and some more styling mods. For the Cold Air Intake, Justin had to modify it with a 2010 C&L Cold Air Intake for it to be able to fit on the large mono-blade throttle body. Watch it hit the dyno and lay down some impressive bolt-on power.

2015 Mustang Talk

In the latest bit of S550 Mustang news, the power numbers for the 2015 models have finally been released. The 2.3L EcoBoost is coming in with an impressive 310 HP and 320 TQ; with a little bit of modding, this little 2.3L should be able to put out a lot more power. The 3.7L V6 is actually seeing a decrease in power, from 305 HP to 300 HP, however it still has 280 TQ. Ford claims this is because they had to redesign the intake manifold for the new, lowered hoodline of the 2015.

The 5.0L GT is coming back with 15 HP and 10 TQ more then the 2014 model, bringing the numbers up to 435 HP and 400 TQ. The increase in power is from new heads and cams, stiffer valve springs, and BOSS motor forged connecting rods. On the downside, you will not be able to do change out the mid-pipe for an off road style any more because of Fords new “Mani-cat” design. The exhaust manifold now has an integrated catalytic converter which can only be removed if you replace the whole exhaust with long tube headers.

SVT Rumor Control

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat has now claimed the king of the production horsepower game with an impressive 707 HP, which is only slightly over the 2013 – 2014 Shelby GT500’s 662 HP. However, the rumor mill is abuzz with a 750HP Mustang in the works, coming to claim its spot as the Horsepower King.

Continuing in the tornado of SVT speculation is the video of a 2016, possible GT350 candidate, testing at the Nurburgring. A S550 Mustang with an aggressive body style, large wheels and ceramic brakes, and a very distinct exhaust note has been carving up the track, but Ford has yet to comment on what this corner-carver is or any details on it; could this be the Voodoo Mustang we have been hearing about?

New Products

Two great new products we are highlighting this month, is the SR Performance shifter for 2005 – 2009 Mustangs and Vossen Wheels. The SR Performance Shifter is made from high-quality CNC machined aluminum and reuses the stock shift knob. A really cool and unique feature is that is has an adjustable height allowing you to pick the perfect height for your shifts, while reducing shift distance by 40%.

AmericanMuscle is now proud to carry Vossen Wheels for 2005 – 2014 Mustangs. Vossen wheels are high-quality and come in a wide-range of styles and finishes to really set your S197 Mustang apart from the herd.

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