News: First 9-Second EcoBoost Mustang

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Nine Lives

Brad Gusler resets the EcoBoost Mustang e.t. record with a historic pass

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of BG Racing and the NMRA

From moment Ford announced it would offer a turbo four-cylinder in the 2015+ Mustang, the engine platform has earned detractors and supporters. One of the most prominent supporters of the gas turbo direct injection 2.3-liter engine in the S550 is Brad Gusler of BG Racing. He immediately put together an EcoBoost Mustang racer and hurled the platform into the record books with a series of ever-quicker 10-second runs.

Brad Gusler retooled his record-setting EcoBoost Mustang this season with a new look, new sponsors and a more aggressive combination. On Friday October 7, 2016 at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, Maryland, he became the first driver to pilot a 2015+ EcoBoost Mustang into the 9-second zone.
Brad Gusler retooled his record-setting EcoBoost Mustang this season with a new look, new sponsors and a more aggressive combination. On Friday October 7, 2016 at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, Maryland, he became the first driver to pilot a 2015+ EcoBoost Mustang into the 9-second zone.

Last Friday, Brad became the first EcoBoost Mustang racer to break down the storied 9-second barrier. This is a milestone some may have thought impossible, was eclipsed during a test session at Capitol Raceway in in Crofton, Maryland. It came a little later in the year than Brad hoped, but he knew it would happen eventually.

“I planned on running a 9-second pass at Bowling Green (at the NMRA finals), but we, as a team, wanted to win the race and not have any unexpected issues pushing the limit that far. We all agreed to get the 9 without the aid of nitrous. I knew I had the power at Bowling Green, but didn’t want to risk pushing through the beams and going red (as I am still foot-braking),” Brad said. “There hasn’t been time to completely test a transbrake. It is coming soon though. So basically all I did different was take time at the line to build boost before the launch and a 1.3 60-foot will get it done.”

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