Is this 1000-horsepower Mustang too powerful, or not powerful enough? | #FastFriday

By Colin Wood
Apr 8, 2023 | Ford, Shelby, UTCC, Mustang, #FastFriday, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, gt500, Tire Rack

If there such a thing as too much power? Steve Luca doesn't think so. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 he’s entered in the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports is good for 1000 horsepower.

How does the Mustang make that much power? Steve only offers us two hints: boost and a Motec ECU.

In the handling department, the GT500 makes use of Motion Control Suspension three-way dampers that are connected to 18x12-inch wheels wrapped in Hoosier A7 tires.

A smattering of carbon fiber components helps to keep the weight down, an aftermarket aero package works to keep the Mustang from lifting off and AP Racing products handle the braking duties.

What is the Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s our annual no-holds-barred track competition that simply seeks the fastest machines on four wheels. The rules are brief: Car and driver must pass a safety inspection. Period.

Pretty much everyone is welcome: New, old, factory-bought and home-built. Wings are cool. So are box flares, giant intercoolers and sequential shifters.

Learn more, including how you can register today, by visiting


The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Tire Rack, in association with Wilwood Engineering, HP Tuners, SPA Technique, Deatschwerks, CRC Industries and Volkswagen, with trophies from Track Advantage, Stifflers, BimmerWorld, HGSI, XS Batteries and Hoosier Tire. Thank you to the SCCA for sanctioning the UTCC.

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nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/7/23 11:54 a.m.

I'm gonna get smoked so hard at UTCC ..

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/7/23 12:24 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

We're still working on the finer details, but there are going to be plenty of goodies to be won besides a first-place trophy. 

triumph7 HalfDork
4/7/23 12:29 p.m.

You can have all the power in the world... if you have enough tires.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/7/23 12:33 p.m.

Every time it starts, pedestrians on a sidewalk miles away shudder with fear... not knowing why.

nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/7/23 3:48 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Don't worry I'll be there even if I get last and come home empty handed.  

Maybe the real prize are the racecar friends LMP360 makes along the way. 

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/7/23 4:15 p.m.

Can you believe that we are even asking that question?

JThw8 UltimaDork
4/7/23 9:29 p.m.

depends on the purpose.  Having recently separated myself from a 700+ hp DD I can say for daily use no thanks.  For dedicated track use, anything goes.   For me 700 hp on the street was a short path to tickets/arrest/loss of license or death.   And the latter came very close on one occasion.  Im currently working on a 400 hp semi DD which feels downright slow now but it will still probably end poorly :)

aircooled MegaDork
4/7/23 11:39 p.m.

1000 should not be that hard with enough boost.  Keeping the rods inside the case, that just takes cubic money.

calteg SuperDork
4/8/23 10:49 a.m.

In reply to JThw8 :

400hp is the sweet spot for a dd. C5 Z06, base C6, IS-F, older M3s...all right around 400hp. Perfection (for the street)

kb58 UltraDork
4/8/23 11:00 a.m.
calteg said:

In reply to JThw8 :

400hp is the sweet spot for a dd. C5 Z06, base C6, IS-F, older M3s...all right around 400hp. Perfection (for the street)

I had about that, but my car weighed 1700 lbs cheeky

Seriously, it was one reason (among many) that I sold it. Because I'm old I was able to keep my inner 16-yr old at bay, but it was a fine line that could have ended very badly. For the street, in SoCal at least, hell, 150hp would be fine, given the traffic and number of stops.

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