In South Georgia over the weekend, the RPM soared and the nitrous sprayed as the first major 2018 Mustang GT performance milestone fell just days after the cars hit dealer lots.
When each new Mustang model arrives the race is on to be the first to hit the major quarter-mile e.t. milestones, which really get serious beginning with the 10-second zone. When the S550 launched, Ford Performance set those records itself before the cars even arrived. With the launch of the 2018 Mustang, the cars landed with the public to set the records and Team Beefcake Racing set out to run be the first to run in the 10s at the Mod Nationals held at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
“We also took our new 2018 Mustang with the new direct injection and 10-speed auto after just owning it a week and being the first to the 10s in a 2018,” Terry “Beefcake” Reeves announced on social media.
Late Model Restoration had already hit the dyno and run 11s with its 2018 project car, so the pressure was on to run in the 10s. Terry was busy running his 8-second 2015 Mustang in the race’s 6R80 automatic class, so he enlisted Brian Campbell, owner of Finish Line Performance, to pilot the bolt-on 2018 Mustang.
“Yes, our goal this weekend was to see just how fast we could get this new platform to go on a few simple mods,” Brian said. “We knew there was another company out there trying to make their car go ’11s in stock form. And we congratulate them on succeeding!”
Knowing the bar had been raised already, Terry added a choice set of bolt-on mods (see sidebar for the complete list) headlined by a Nitrous Outlet single-stage kit to the car and pulled out some of the necessary trunk carpet to drop a little weight. And, to get the combination working as a cohesive unit, Terry and Brian turned to Lund Racing for a custom calibration delivered by the new SCT Performance BDX handheld tuner.
When we saw that 11.32, we knew this car was going into the 10s! — Brian Campbell, Finish Line Performance
“Then Lund backed down the shift points a bit to keep it off the limiter. That is all the tuning that was done,” he added. “We then just played around with when to turn the spray on and off.”
Drag Strip Mode
At first Brian turned all the drive modes and traction control off and sprayed with the first pill.
“I was launching the car at a foot brake rpm of 2,000 rpm,” Brian said. “The spray would come on full force at 3,000 rpm (hence the lazy 60-foot times) and when it came on, felt like someone hit you in the rear, and was gone! The car feels and drives great!”
Quickly they turned up the nitrous and lowered its cut-off point to jibe with the car’s 7,000-rpm shift point.
10-Second 2018 Mustang Mods
• Corsa Extreme quad-tip cat-back exhaust
• K&N drop-in air filter
• Mickey Thompson ET Street tires
• Nitrous Outlet single nozzle kit
• Nitrous Outlet WinMax Dual-Channel
• Steeda Stop the Hop package
• Steeda lowering springs
• The DriveShaft Shop one-piece aluminum driveshaft
• The DriveShaft Shop 1,400HP halfshafts
• UPR Products catch can
• Viking adjustable rear shocks
• Weld Racing S71 wheels
The Team Beefcake 2018 Mustang busted well into the 10s at 3,970 pounds, which included a half tank of gas, a 15-pound nitrous bottle, and its 230-pound driver.
“I think once we can spray through the shifts, the car may very well have a 9 in it on a 150 shot,” Terry said. “The wheels we are running on the front are actually 20x7s, so they aren’t small. I ordered them months ago in anticipation of getting a Performance Pack car, and something that would double duty on the street, but still match the rears.”
I think once we can spray through the shifts, the car may very well have a 9 in it on a 150 shot. — Terry “Beefcake” Reeves, Team Beefcake Racing
Brian is also confident that with improved 60-foot times the combination as it sits could run in the mid-10s. Of course, we’ll see it remain in this form for long, as boost is the next mod on the schedule for this record-setting ride.