By now you’ve probably heard of the cars being tuned and built by Lund Racing. This conglomeration of late model Mustang performance masters made up of Jake Long, John Lund, and Ken Bjonnes, is both building and tuning some of the fastest cars on the late model scene.
Their twin turbo 2011 5.0 broke 200 MPH last fall at the Texas Mile. This was after being crowned King of the Street by 5.0 Mustang. Capable of some blazing quarter mile times, this car just keeps getting faster as the team keep refining their tuning efforts and upping the performance levels.
With the new newly built short block constructed by L&M Engines and based on the new FRPP 5.0 Sportsman block, under the hood, Lund took the car out to Palm Beach International Raceway for some shakedown runs before the NMRA season opener. Laying down two passes, they set the bar high for the season opener with a best of 9.05 at 155 MPH.
According to Lund’s own web site, they expect the combination to easily run 8’s with some more aggressive launches. There is still more in the combo with the twin turbo setup currently running 21psi, and capable of cranking out at least another 6-7psi.
As is most often the case in the world of drag racing, when you set the bar high, it often just means someone else is going to try that much harder to better you. Lund Racing customer Joe Coffeeman did just that. With his ProCharger F1C equipped 2011 Mustang, Joe ran an astounding 8.97 at 152 MPH. Coffeeman has been in the hunt for an 8 second time slip, and wouldn’t be satisfied until he found one. The Power by the Hour built machine also ran these numbers on drag radials, in testing for the NMRA season opener.
We’ve saved the best for last though. Just a few days ago, we told you about Terry, “Beefcake” Reeves’ new combo which was just finished up by Finish Line Racing for the 2013 season. While Beefcake’s new combo appeared to only crank out 76 more horsepower, we also mentioned that power was better across the entire dyno curve. During Thursday testing at Bradenton, his efforts were rewarded. Beefcake didn’t just eclipse Coffeeman, he blew away his number, rocketing his 2011 GT deep into the eight second zone with an astounding 8.75 at 159 MPH.
Not only were all three of these cars tuned by the same company, but they all feature a diverse range of power adders. The Lund Racing car is utilizing their twin turbo setup, Coffeeman employs a Pro-Charger F1C, and Beefcake a Vortech YSi.
What may be more impressive is that they are all still running the factory 6 speed 6R80 transmission. With a converter change and some mild internal mods, the 6R80 is proving to be quite the capable performer, delivering scorching numbers and holding up to combinations that produce well over 1,000 HP!
These cars too are still street cars as well, offering many of the creature comforts of our regular daily drivers. All of these cars are capable of driving to the track, making a pass and heading home with a healthy time slip in hand, and the AC keeping the comfortable on the long drives.
We remember when cars like that were the face of Super Street Outlaw, but that was 15 years ago. Is this the new face of what ultimate Late Model Performance looks like? Will we see a sub 8.50 pass this year from one of these three? Time will tell, but this is only the season opener and things can only get hotter from here.