I’m not so sure many people looked at the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and thought it needed more power. But a company called Fathouse Performance of Indiana, USA, thought exactly that. They’ve added a pair of turbos to the already potent 5.2-litre, naturally aspirated flat-plane crank ‘Voodoo’ V8, and it’s made quite a difference.
Slotted below the engine for a faster response, better heat management and ease of access, the team went about creating a fast but durable car. The engine was first to undergo an upgrade. The cylinders are sleeved and the valvetrain is upgraded, but the cylinder heads, bore, cams and crankshaft all remain stock from the factory.
As you may have guessed, power is now plentiful, sitting at 950whp and 688lb ft of torque while being fueled with E85, but still creates a whopping 806whp and 677lb ft on standard 93 octane. But it wasn’t easy getting there. A whole host of extra modifications had to be carried out, including custom-fabricated stainless steel turbo headers, a valve-controlled exhaust system, a couple of 62mm Xona Rotor dual ball bearing turbochargers and an entirely new fuel system for the hungry V8.
This has, of course, had optimal results, with performance figures hitting serious numbers. 0-62mph comes in at 0-62mph coming in 2.5sec and if you keep the throttle pegged it will accelerate until 185mph. Its quarter-mile time comes in at 9.9sec at 142mph. That’s faster than a Bugatti Veyron.
They call this model the 1000R, and sounds more than enough, right? Well, there’s more. Two other versions called the 1200R and 1400R increase power to 1200bhp and 1400bhp respectively. The top dog 1400R will sprint to 62mph in just 1.91 seconds and hit a top speed of 220mph. Its quarter-mile will hit an unbelievable 8.2 seconds at 168mph. Read that again: 8.2 seconds at 168mph. And this is road legal!
Prices start at $39,999 for the 1000R which now seems slow in comparison, but including the price of the original car, you can have 1,000hp under your right foot for just $76,000. Wowser. Prices for the faster variants is currently unknown.