Seibon Carbon: 2006 Mustang GT – Flavor Of Love
Built as a spirited daily driver, Brian’s ride features a big bump in power and some extra chassis control to make it special but not punishing. Pumped up via a Vortech V-3 Si-Trim supercharger, Griggs Racing suspension bits around the rear axle and a healthy dose of supporting pieces and accessories, the black ’06 GT certainly has the stuff.
Of course, in the centrifugal world, all things rotate around the blower, so let’s get inside the housing. As Vortech is where Brian spends his day and the quiet-geared, internally lubricated V-3 blower is what his GT is built around. Brian’s installation starts with the basic V-3 kit. This latest wheel yields no less than 78-percent efficiency, a jump of 6 percent over the previous S-Trim.
Besides the standard $6,295.95 V-Power blower kit, Brian also chose the optional, larger charge-cooling system. This packs a larger charge intercooler down stream of the supercharger and a larger heat exchanger low and in front of the radiator. And from the sounds of it, Brian’s car has a high-capacity blow-off valve for venting the intake tract when the throttle is closed.
Speaking of cosmetics, Brian’s treatment includes major customizing parts from Street Scene-bumper cap, skirts, and such-along with a Seibon Carbon CL-style cowl-induction hood. Those bits give a street feel tempered by the racy-looking heat exchanger hanging under the bumper. Painting Vortech on the intercooler and to a certain extent the mesh grille seem to add a harder edge, foreshadowing the car’s 111-mph quarter-mile performance.
Of course, behind the wheel is the place to make up your mind about a car’s hustle, and we didn’t waste any time getting into the left seat when it was offered. To cut to the chase, this S197 and centrifugal blower combination ran harder than others we’ve sampled lately, proving both fast and easy to drive.
And just toodling around Brian’s car might as well be stock, which is plenty. We noticed the smallest of driveability stumbles as the engine warmed up, but that was it for fussy manners. Once at operating temp the engine ran faultlessly. After driving hundreds and hundreds of modified Mustangs we’re here to say that’s good driveability for a hot rod.
In short, it was fun to rekindle an old affair with a hard-running centrifugal blower. The characteristic ramp up in power really is a bit more stimulating than the dead-flat torque curves of positive-displacement blowers, so it’s a fun combination to drive. A flavor we’re sure Brian still enjoys.
5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain Block Aluminum Ford
Displacement 5.0 Liters, 302 Ci
Power Adder Vortech V-3, Si-Trim supercharger
Intercooler Vortech water-to-air, upgraded charge intercooler and heat exchanger
Exhaust Corsa after-cat with 4-inch tips
Transmission Stock five-speed close-ratio manual, Hurst shifter
Flywheel Fidanza aluminum
Clutch Fidanza 8 3/4-inch twin-disc
Rear Axle 8.8-inch axle, 3.55:1 ratio
Chassis And Suspension
Control Arms Ford
Springs Griggs Racing Coilover
Struts Griggs Racing Koni Yellow Coilover
Caster/Camber Plates Ford
Brakes Baer six-piston calipers w/14-inch Eradispeed drilled and slotted rotors, stainless steel lines, Ford ABS
Exterior Seibon Carbon CL-style carbon fiber hood.
Wheels Konig Beyond, 20×9-inch
Tires Toyo Proxes T1R 275/30ZR-20
Springs Griggs Racing
Shocks Koni Yellow
Control Arms Griggs Racing Lower
Brakes 13-Inch Baer, Eradispeed Rotors
Wheels Konig Beyond, 20×9-Inch
Tires Toyo Proxes T1R 305/30ZR-20
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