Boost Works pushes a new GT beyond 700 rwhp with a 3.2-liter Kenne Bell
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Boost Works
For performance enthusiasts, the desire for more power is rarely about need. That desire is all about want. When it comes to bolting on more horsepower, there is no such thing as too much. In fact, what is too much for most people might not be enough for SVTP readers, and that hasn’t changed with the arrival of the 2015 Mustang.
“Over the last eight months, we’ve learned a great deal about the second-generation Coyote, and the S550 in general. We’ve probed to find the limit with our shop car, and at 850 horsepower, we still haven’t found it,” Travis Burelle of Boost Works explained. “Having our own shop car early on allowed us to really get a jump on things. Having built a 750-horsepower car back in October of last year, and running low 10s at full weight was a big plus. But, it’s the ability for us to constantly flog on our own vehicle day in and day out that has really shown what these cars are capable of doing.”
A living manifestation of this insatiable desire for more horsepower is Jeff Kircher, a customer of the Katy, Texas, shop. He didn’t want to add just a few more ponies to his new 2015 Mustang. Jeff wanted the whole stampede. Seeing the success that Boost Works had with Kenne Bell superchargers on the latest Coyotes, he ordered up one of the company’s new 850S packages (PN M-15850S; $8,795), which as you might guess, increases the flywheel horsepower of a new Mustang well past 800 ponies.
Based on the new Kenne Bell 3.2-liter, liquid-cooled supercharger (which we covered in detail here), these packages include the necessary supporting upgrades to safely facilitate massive performance. Not only are the needed fuel system enhancements and colder spark plugs included, but for this combo Boost Works also upgraded the fragile oil-pump gears and lower timing chain gears with stouter stuff from Modular Motorsports Racing. Moreover, Boost Works teams up with Lund Racing to provide that all-important PCM calibration to deliver a harmonious and powerful combination.
“Earlier this year, when our customer, Jeff came to us, he wanted to build a wicked fast street car out of his 50 Years GT,” Travis explained. “We quickly turned him onto our 850s Package. Utilizing Kenne Bell’s 3.2LC supercharger, in combination with Lund Racing’s tuning prowess, we’ve been able to build a solid pump-gas system.”
If you don’t need that much power, Kenne Bell has standard supercharger systems that will still give you plenty of power, and these same systems may soon be emissions legal across the nation.
“The 3.2LC system has been great, and we’ve consistently seen it make just south, and north of 700whp in our Boost Works packages,” Travis added. “Kenne Bell’s shelf-stock system is capable of making 625 to 650 rear-wheel horsepower on a good day with 8.5 psi of boost or so on regular old 91 octane. They’re also in the process of getting their system 50-state legal, which should be very soon.”
Of course, the 850S package on Jeff’s car goes way beyond the standard kit to deliver over 730 horsepower at the rear wheels, which is apparently enough to shred any tire at 60 mph…
If that kind of performance gets your speed need revved up, keep reading to see how to add that tire-slaying power.