Since first rolling off the production line, Ford Coyote-powered rides have been shaking up the competition in NHRA, NMCA, and NMRA, along with other sanctioning bodies. Last month, during the NMRA/NMCA All Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, Team Beefcake managed to break an elusive record. Veteran all-Ford racer Terry “Beefcake” Reeves and his Vortech-supercharged 2011 Mustang GT laid down an astonishing 7.71-second pass at 178 mph during Renegade class competition to claim the title of quickest supercharged Coyote in the world.
This remarkable pass provided the framework that allowed Reeves to collect 7-second timeslips throughout the weekend and enabled him to take home runner-up honors at this event. With his recent change in class, from Coyote Modified to Renegade, this is a very impressive feat with a fresh new combination.
Despite the record-breaking pass, Reeves’ new combo is still a work in progress. During the next event, the NMRA Motorsport Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania at Maple Grove Raceway on April 28- May 1, the team identified two cracks in the engine’s water jackets after the second qualifying session, which led to the retirement of the sleeved factory 5.0 block. In an attempt to make the best of the situation, they begin to drain the coolant out of the entire block to make it through first round. This last minute move allowed his S197 Mustang to advance to the second round of eliminations before the event was rained out and pushed to a later date.
Thankfully, knowing the limitations of the factory block, Reeves had a stronger BES Racing sleeved GT350 block already in the works, that is set to debut at the next race — an upgrade that will allow him to take full advantage of the power of the crank-driven Vortech V27 YSi-B-X supercharger.
We’re looking forward to seeing the elapsed times this late-model Mustang capable of after the new combination is sorted out!