Blow-By Racing installs a ProCharger on a 2013 Mustang GT—at Mustang Week!
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Blow-By Racing
Mustangs and bolt-on modifications are a marriage that has grown stronger and stronger since our favorite pony car hit the streets. Bolt-ons are popular because they are easy to install, you can usually do them in the driveway, and you can immediately reap their benefits.
At the top of the bolt-on food chain is the power adder. It is one of the most complex bolt-ons and requires more install time. However, the results you reap are so impressive that is worth the work. Certainly these systems can be installed at home, but professionals with experience are far more efficient about the process. Likewise, they can augment the installation with tuning crafted just for your vehicle.
Seeking a pro install and that custom tuning led Blow-By Racing customer Brian Warcup to have the company install a ProCharger D-1SC system on his ebony 2013 Mustang GT. He opted for the company’s Stage II Tuner kit with an optional upgrade to the D-1 as well as a larger, a dedicated eight-rib blower drive belt, and larger sheetmetal intercooler. Depending on the blower you run, this kit is designed to augment the Coyote engine with 185 or more horsepower.
Now, it would be easy enough for Brian to bring his GT over to the Blow-By Racing shop for an install. However, Brian lives in New Jersey. While a trip to BBR was a possibility, he instead hatched an idea to meet them halfway so they could perform the install at Mustang Week. It’s a novel idea to do an install in a public spot without the benefit of your shop. However, it definitely proves that the kit is definitely easy to install.
“I had been talking to Chris for a while about the plans for Mustang Week and when we got serious about it, I mentioned the idea of doing the install at the speedway on Wednesday similar to the cam install that was done in 2012,” Brian said. “I would be driving the car to Mustang Week from New Jersey regardless, so once availability was confirmed for all of the parts we made the decision to go ahead with the install instead of shipping the car to Florida.”
“It shows customers that the ProCharger is a quality product that can be installed easily, make awesome horsepower, and still maintain drivability,” BBR main man Chris Jones said. “What better way than have a car drive from New Jersey to South Carolina, do an install, and drive back to New Jersey with no issues.”
So the die was cast. Brian drove to Mustang Week and BBR would perform the blower installation on the midway at the Myrtle Beach Speedway while the autocross and fun runs were in full swing. With just the tools they had on the trailer, Chris and company put the car up on jacks and did the work. The crowd seemed to enjoy seeing the install in progress, and many doubted it could be done in a timely fashion.
“(The crowd was) excited and shocked to see it,” Chris said. “Everyone thought that we would not complete it until the following day…”
Of course they did finish the install on Wednesday. However, they couldn’t get the car onto the Pro Dyno Dynojet chassis dyno until the following day. As such, Brian had to take it easy before he could fully enjoy his boosted Mustang.
“The car was obviously fun to drive before the blower was installed. Wednesday night of Mustang Week, I was on a short leash because we hadn’t had the car on the dyno yet, so I didn’t get to play too much. Thursday morning, we hung around for the Coyote Cruise driver meeting and photos, but once everyone turned left out of the parking lot, Chris and I headed the other way to Pro Dyno to dial everything in,” he said. “As good as the car was before the install, with the blower and dyno tune it is night and day. In daily traffic, the car is still just as fun as before but when there’s room to get out and run, the car puts me back into the Recaros without a second thought. I couldn’t be happier with the install and the performance of the car afterward.”
Perhaps even more impressive is that Brian just hopped in his GT and drove it home to New Jersey without a hitch. These modern Mustangs are truly amazing, especially when modded with blowers and custom tuning. Naturally, Brian is enjoying the results of his late mod, but it won’t be the end of the line for this project.
“As of now, the car has BBR LCAs, a BBR adjustable Panhard bar, a Whiteline trans mount, and a Barton shifter with the two-post bracket,” he added. “Next up for the car will be a set of Weld Racing wheels with Mickey Thompson ET Streets to keep as much of the power going to the track as possible. The rest of the always changing list includes a Stiffler’s subframe setup, some suspension upgrades, and a one-piece driveshaft. For now, I just need to find time to get it to the track for some tire-killing fun.”