FordNXT’s Project Boosted Coyote has been in the works for a year now. Since last June, we’ve seen the Mustang begin as a 9-second daily driven street car before going under the knife at Livernois Motorsports.
To bring you up to speed, Ivan’s 2015 Mustang ran 9.80’s with its original 5.0L engine boosted by a Roush TVS supercharger, with suspension upgrades and a full interior. After a mechanical meltdown forced Ivan to start fresh, he ended up with a Livernois-built engine topped with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger. We shouldn’t say “ended up” – the project is still very much in progress. Ivan is on the quest for a 1,000 horsepower Mustang, and he’s well on his way.
But today, we’re doing focusing on something a little bit different. When we talk about the big components that go into a build, sometimes the smaller portions of said project are overlooked. After all, it can be hard to make some of the small details “sexy” enough to grab readers’ attention.
However, there is one specific part that we felt we must shine the spotlight on. Ivan sourced it from our friends at Watson Racing: their very own S550 Mustang Battery Relocation Kit for 2015-2019 Mustangs.
The kit arrived not long ago, and Ivan made quick work of installing it in Project Boosted Coyote. Prior to the installation, the Mustang was still sporting a stock-location battery. According to Watson, this kit was custom designed specifically for the S550. Plus, it eliminates the need to crimp the heavy-gauge battery cable with heavy-duty tools.
He was so impressed with it that we knew we had to share it with you.
“If you know Watson Racing you know that they build high-quality stuff,” Ivan said. “This battery relocation kit was nothing short of that. Every little detail was thought out and covered in the instructions. Every crimp was crimped, there was wire shielding on the power wire where it passed by the headers, and every wire was assembled and ready to bolt on. This kit is just that – a direct bolt-on. Just ONE simple modification required – drilling four holes in the floor to secure the battery tray.”
The kit was simply bolted in using hand tools, and comes complete with flexible, pre-cut 2-gauge wire. The ring terminals and shrink wrap were already installed. The included battery terminal stud accepts the factory battery cable, so no modification to the battery wires is necessary. Ivan also unboxed the powdercoated battery tray, which is sure to be durable and damage resistant. An OEM-quality fuse holder is located on the battery tray, with the fuse included, making installation even easier.
The kit retails for $395.00, which is kind of a steal when you realize how easy Watson Racing made installing it. As Ivan explained, you’ll only have to do minimal drilling to mount the tray, but every other component is plug-and-play. You also have to choose which side you’ll be mounting it on prior to ordering, because wire lengths are specific to each kit. This allows owners of Mustangs factory-equipped with a subwoofer enclosure to choose what works best for them as well.
Stay tuned to follow along with Project Boosted Coyote on its next adventure!