We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that the NMRA would seek to expand on its wildly-popular Coyote Stock class, and now we are happy to announce that it’s become a reality! Today the NMRA announced their newest heads-up class based on Ford’s incredibly popular Coyote 5.0L engine platform – Coyote Modified, which adds power-adders to the mix.
However, don’t think that Coyote Mod is going to be based on a sealed engine platform like Coyote Stock. Class designation will be CM, and will include boost and nitrous along with the opportunity to modify the engine’s internals.
“As we looked at the heads-up categories in NMRA, we offer two naturally aspirated classes with Nitto Tire Factory Stock and Strange Engineering Coyote Stock. Then we jump into the exciting world of Edelbrock Renegade with mid- to low-8-second cars and the awesome AFCO Street Outlaw class that runs mid-to-low sevens. We felt if we are adding a category then it has to fit right in the middle of our current heads-up offerings,” explained NMRA Tech Director Dave Werremeyer.
With presenting sponsor and longtime NMRA supporter 5.0 Mustang Magazine on board, expect the new class to get tons of play in the national media, with tuner shops and established racers alike taking the leap into uncharted territory.
The rules package, from our first glance, seems to be relatively simple. Currently the rules are not finalized; what we found are a set of preliminary rules that offer a number of different power-adder combinations the chance to come and play in the NMRA’s highly-refined waters.
Maximum cubic inches for all combinations will be 305 cubic inches. Nitrous racers can run two stages, and supercharger racers have their choice of the ProCharger D-1SC, Vortech V1 Ti, Paxton NOVI 1500, and even roots-style blowers up to 2.3L of displacement. Twin-screw blower owners are also in the mix, with a 2.9L max displacement, and 68mm, T4-flange turbochargers are in on the fun too.
Stock suspension and 28×10.5 slicks are required, and various weight breaks also apply, depending upon your combination. Coyote Modified looks to be the next big thing in Mustang drag racing. Low nine-second ET’s are a given, we wouldn’t be surprised at all to see someone open the season up with a solid 8 second pass. Only time will tell, and we’ll keep you posted on who is getting in on the action.