Team Coyote and Team GT500 battled for rear-wheel-horsepower supremacy on the AmericanMuscle.com Dynojet
By Steve Turner
Photos and video courtesy of AmericanMuscle.com
For a couple years now our friends at AmericanMuscle.com have hosted their own shootout under the Mustang Mayhem banner. The concept is to host an annual dyno competition with a twist. Making this year’s event unique was a battle between two three-car teams—one composed of top-dog GT500s and the other filled with upstart Coyote-powered Mustangs.
With the modern 5.0 engines making impressive power strides thanks to all manner of modifications, Mustangs powered by these engines are the logical challengers to the bolt-on kings—Shelby GT500s. That’s just what kept this competition fair. The GT500s were limited to bolt-ons and pump gas; while the Coyotes could employ the mods and fuel of their choice as long as the retained a stock short-block.
Smaller engines with aftermarket power adders took on the larger engines with factory power adders. The team with the highest combined horsepower would win. It’s definitely a cool concept.
Making it even more compelling is a dyno shootout facet pioneered by AmericanMuscle. Each member of the team is allowed two dyno pulls. However, if someone opts to make a second pull, he or she cannot retain the numbers generated by your first pull. That adds a huge risk to the competition. Sometimes it pays off with a higher number, but if you run into trouble during your second pull you could really pay for getting greedy.
We love that aspect of the competition, though Team Coyote certainly didn’t love it this year. As the upstart, the 5.0 crew would have to really be on its game to challenge the top-dog GT500 gang. When two of the team members had issues with their nitrous systems, it made things a little too easy on Team GT500. However, the end results were quite close.
AmericanMuscle hasn’t announced the theme of its next Mustang Mayhem competition just yet, so stay tuned for its next casting call. However, if the Coyotes return to take on the GT500s we suspect the outcome might just be different. For now—in case you missed it over on AmericanMuscle.com—enjoy seeing how this year’s competition played out.