Beefcake Blasts Vortech-Blown 2018 Mustang Deeper Into The Nines!

In the fast-paced world of modern Mustang internet records, you will miss one if you blink. Case in point is the ever-lowering 2018 Mustang low-e.t. record. However, while the numbers might change, some of the names are definitely familiar. Terry “Beefcake” Reeves, of Team Beefcake Racing, was the first to put the latest platform in the 10-second zone, and at the NMRA/NMCA All Start Nationals this past weekend in Commerce, Georgia, his stallion once again claimed the title of quickest.

I expect, even at lower boost, the car will go at least 9.3s once we get the tune dialed in… — Terry “Beefcake” Reeves, Team Beefcake Racing

“We ended up going to a much larger pulley than we like to run, just for initial hits,” Terry explained on social media. “We only got to make five runs over four days, so there was not a lot of chance to get data, but needless to say, we got the job done! We ended up with a 9.60 at 144 MPH. I think the previous best was a 9.92 at 142.”

With a built Gen 3 Coyote, a Vortech YSi-B supercharger, and all the proper supporting hardware onboard, Terry “Beefcake” Reeves’ ride staked its claim to the quickest and fastest 2018 Mustang GT of the moment with a 9.60 at 144 MPH pass at the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals in Commerce, Georgia. (Photo Credit: NMRA)

As a refresher, this car was put together by Finish Line Performance with a built short-block that delivers a 11.2:1 compression for a boost-friendly setup. It is supported by a full cast of hardware from fuel system to Steeda suspension (see sidebar) and it is boosted by a Vortech YSi-B supercharger to well over 1,000 horsepower at the rear wheels.

“The car is so new, and blowers are just started to be released, that Lund Racing is just now really getting to play with high-horsepower combos on these. We’ve only done a few logs and look where we are at already. We actually pullied down probably 8 to 9 psi from the 22 we made on the dyno, just to work on tuning and getting the car down the track,” Terry told us. “As far as what’s left. I tried doing some paddle shifting to see what that would do on our 9.6 run. In Second gear we went right through, and got a bigger RPM drop with going right to Third, and then we went from Fourth to Fifth to Sixth to Seventh within about 1 second, which pulled us all the way down to 5,200 RPM which definitely hurt the e.t.”

9.6-Second 2018 Mustang GT Mods

• Cervini’s C-series upper and lower grilles

• Double AA Performance K-member

• DSS halfshaft

• DSS Driveshaft

• Fore Innovations Level 2 fuel system w/ dual regulators and three 465-lph pumps

• Injector Dynamics 1,300cc fuel injectors

• J&M caster/camber plates

• Kooks long-tube headers w/ 2-inch primaries

• MMR billet oil-pump gears and crank sprocket

• MMR ported cylinder heads w/ MMR valve springs

• MMR sleeved/forged long-block

Steeda bumpsteer kit

• Steeda drag springs

• Steeda front control arms

• Steeda Stop The Hop Kit

• Stroud parachute

UPR Products catch can

• Viking crusader coilovers

• Vortech billet YSi supercharger w/ American Racing Solutions/Team Beefcake Racing 10-rib belt drive

So, as it sits, there is still a lot of potential locked up in this supercharged combination. Even at what we would consider streetable boost levels, Terry’s ride might just do special things.

“As the car sits with no converter, I expect around 14 psi on this car to be at least running in the 9.3 range once the trans is dialed in, maybe even 9.20s,” Terry added. “Once we get all the boost back in, I firmly believe we’ll go eights. And, I think we can do this at 4,000 pounds without a converter, which has never happened in the eight years we have been playing with the Coyote and Vortech combos.”

That’s pretty impressive for a car weighing 3,975 pounds with a 330-pound driver, and it sounds like we won’t have to wait too long to see that 8-second pass.

About the author

Steve Turner

As Executive Editor of FordNXT and Ford Muscle, Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge to Power Automedia. He has covered the world of Ford performance for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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