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Blower Power Has Arrived For The Foose Stallion
We could see a V-6 connection. Brent began with Shelby Automobiles in 1997 before moving to Unique Performance. Shelby includes a Paxton supercharger on the CS-6, so Brent knows how a blower wakes up Ford's V-6.
The little V-6 is actually hotter than a normally aspirated, 300hp GT. Brent went through the math for us. The stock V-6 Mustang has 210 hp; the GT has 300. The V-6 Mustang, however, is 300 pounds lighter. So even if the supercharged V-6 matched the GT in horsepower, the V-6 would have more horses per pound.
With the V-2 SQ S-Trim supercharger system, standard output is 290 hp and 294 lb-ft of torque estimated at the flywheel-the factory figures for the V-6 and GT are also flywheel horsepower. Although 290 doesn't quite match the 300 of the GT, with Vortech's air-to-water charger cooler, the numbers bump up to 330 hp and 337 lb-ft. Sure enough, the charger cooler is underhood in Brent's V-6. Clearly, he has an advantage on the GT.
Brent's sleeper convertible provides inspiration for V-6 buyers. The base Mustang coupe retails for around $18,000, and the insurance cost is lower withthe smaller engine. Add the $3,600 blower and you still spent $2,400 less-if you did the 10-14 hour installation yourself-than the $6,000 more to buy a GT.
While photographing the first supercharged Foose Stallion coupe, we spied a convertible that was also blown-except it has the centrifugal type of blower. Mike Erinakes was the high bidder on a Vortech blower last October at Unique's PerformanceFest, a giant car show. Vortech donated the blower for the silent auction, with proceeds going to Chip Foose's favorite charity, the Progeria Research Foundation. Progeria is a rare, fatal genetic condition characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children. Chip's youngest sister, Amy, passed away of this rare disease. Mike asked Unique Performance to install the blower. In the spirit of the charity auction, the company agreed to do the work. As a result, #002 isn't only the lowest serialized Foose Stallion convertible on the streets, it's probably the hottest with 462 hp and 419 lb-ft of torque.