John Urist picked up a GT in Kentucky, drove it to New Mexico, dyno tested it, and took it apart
By Steve Turner
Photos by courtesy of Hellion Power Systems
So, you are in the midst of fending off one of the most competitive Street Outlaw fields in recent memory on your way to securing a record ninth NMRA championship. You would think that would be enough to contend with. However, if you know Hellion Power Systems’ hyperkinetic main man, John Urist, you know the boost and volume are always at 11.
While he was contending with the pressures of closing out a championship, John also negotiated a deal on a 2015 Mustang with Dempewolf Ford in Henderson, Kentucky. With the deal struck, Dempewolf’s Brent Carver drove through the night to deliver the car to John at the World Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
“We had ordered one in Albuquerque, but nothing had shown up before Bowling Green. Then as we were in the staging lanes, a good friend, Brent Carver, mentioned his dealership just got its 2015 the day before,” John said from the road. “We said we would take it, and he drove 100 miles and picked it up Sunday morning! Missy and I are driving it home as we speak! Teardown starts tomorrow, and we are going to engineer either a single- or twin-turbo system in time for this year’s SEMA show. Stay tuned for details!”
Now, with his race program to contend with, he didn’t have time to run the car down the track like SCT did, but the Hellion 2015 did garner plenty of attention holding court in the Nitto Tire display at the track. However, once the race was in the books, John and his wife Melissa loaded up in the Premium GT and headed West, which is when we caught up with him.
“The car is awesome,” John said of the trip. “My wife and I enjoyed the drive and the amazing attention it received. We chatted with some folks that couldn’t believe how nice the car looks, and they were not Mustang people, but they like this one!”
The reason he is taking the car apart so quickly is because of that critical deadline on the calendar—the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, early next month. John is determined to have the kit designed, built, and on the car at the show. Knowing him, we have no doubt he will pull it off.
“This is one of the first 2015 Mustangs purchased, and it will be one of the first taken apart,” John said.