Video: MMR Takes World’s Fastest Coyote Mustang Record At NMCA West

Mark Luton and his team at MMR (Modular Mustang Racing) are well-known worldwide for their exploits with the Ford Modular engine, so it’s no surprise to see them at the top of the heap again with the very-similar Coyote platform. MMR is located in the heart of downtown Camarillo, California, and was able to claim the crown of fastest Coyote-powered Mustang at the recent NMCA West World Street finals in Bakersfield, California. Prior to this hit, they made two shakedown passes on their twin-turbo Coyote 5.0 powered Mustang, then put the hammer down. An incredible 7.02 at 202 MPH hit was the result – how much more will they be able to gain with testing and sorting out the combination a bit better?

The new Coyote engine is is such a marvel of factory engineering, and the levels of performance that they have proven capable of in such a short time period is nothing short of astounding. This engine was not some built-to-the-hilt max-dollar piece, as it uses the same type of MMR-built shortblock and in-house-ported Boss 302 cylinder head castings that have you can purchase straight from MMR. Heck, it even uses a factory crankshaft.

The standout items in the shortblock are a set of MMR’s new billet I-beam connecting rods, but the rest is just standard go-fast menu – coated Manley pistons, ARP hardware, and a set of MMR’s custom Stage 3 turbo cams. They also added one of MMR’s Roller bearing thrust systems and MMR’s head cooling modification to address these known Coyote issues. 

MMR has found over the years that the biggest weak link in the Modular (and now Coyote) engines are the connecting rods, so they engineered their very own parts to combat the issue and set forth to prove them out on the track. A pair of Garrett turbochargers and a couple of test hits later and their achieved their goals – at the last race of the season. What will the 2013 season bring for the MMR Coyote?

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Jason Reiss

Jason draws on over 15 years of experience in the automotive publishing industry, and collaborates with many of the industry's movers and shakers to create compelling technical articles and high-quality race coverage.
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