Mark Luton First Into The 3-Second Zone With Ford Coyote Engine

Mark Luton and the team at Modular Motorsports Racing (MMR) are known for building some of the most powerful Modular and Coyote DOHC Ford engines ever, and they just added another huge line to their impressive resume. Last weekend, Luton became the first driver to push a Ford Coyote-based engine into the three-second zone with a booming 3.87-second pass at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida.13235191_10205680014672002_5271164488410757171_o

The MMR Gen X Coyote engine that powers Luton’s sleek 2016 Mustang is an impressive piece, to say the least. It’s much smaller in displacement than most Pro Modified engines at just 351 cubic inches, but that doesn’t mean this billet block can’t hang with the larger engines in the class. The motor also uses a set of factory cylinder head castings from Ford that MMR has worked their magic on to move lots of air. Inside, the engine is filled with top-shelf Manley parts that are delivered boost from a pair of Garrett turbos. What makes this pass even more impressive is the fact that Luton uses an automatic transmission without a lock-up and no intercooler, either.


The previous Coyote record was held by NMRA superstar John Urist, who used his MMR billet-based engine to rip off a 4.55-second pass in his small-tire Mustang. Luton absolutely crushed the record with his 3.87 pass with some solid incremental numbers that included a .964 60-foot, a 2.620 330-foot time and a stout 199 mph at the finish line. It looks like Luon should have no issues making this pass the official record in competition very soon.

Check out the video from MMR that shows the car going right down broadway on the record pass with no issues at all on just its third full pass.

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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