Lethal Performance preps its turbocharged Mustang for the drag strip
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Lethal Performance
For those following the progression of Lethal Performance’s 2015 EcoBoost Mustang project here on the Front Page, you know the project recently took a turn toward more serious performance with a turbocharger upgrade. We’ve seen the car move from basic bolt-ons to an improved intercooler to the aforementioned turbo. Now that it’s packing horsepower credentials over 425 ponies, Team Lethal decided to bolster its drivetrain and suspension for an assault on the 1,320.
“Our plans for the car are to continue making more horsepower and to go faster at the track. We knew that at some point we would have to address the factory clutch and suspension so instead of risking failure at the track we would do the upgrades before,” Jared Rosen of Lethal Performance explained. “To me it makes much more sense doing it this way. So much time and effort gets put into a build and to get the car ready for the track. It’s a shame when you put in all of that time just to have something break on your first pass. I wonder how we know all of this? You learn as you go along and try not making the same mistakes you have in the past.”
To that end, they drove the EcoBoost project over to Power by the Hour in Boynton Beach, Florida for a series of upgrades. Among the robust items they added were a Barton short-throw shifter as well as more rugged halfshafts and a carbon fiber driveshaft from The Driveshaft Shop. They also installed one of McLeod Racing’s first direct-replacement clutches for MT-82-equipped EcoBoost ’Stangs.
“I haven’t seen any driveshaft or halfshaft failures on the EcoBoost Mustang yet. However I don’t want to be the first nor do I want to waste my time taking a car to the track just to see it break,” Jared said. “Making sure the car is prepped and there’s less chance of failure is how we do it from here on out. With that said we turned to our goof friends over at The Driveshaft Shop for their 800-horsepower halfshafts and 1000-horsepower carbon fiber driveshaft. Both of those pieces will give you a lot more confidence knowing that you’re less likely to break something.”
“We haven’t experienced wheel hop with the EcoBoost ’Stang yet but again it’s more about being prepared. BMR has been working extremely hard on their S550 parts offerings. These guys know what they’re doing. So when we needed to choose who to work with on the rear suspension it wasn’t even a question,” Jared added. “BMR’s Kelly Aiken has always been a huge supporter of Lethal Performance so having him involved and interested in our car makes it that much better. He even went out of his way to get the Viking Performance crew involved and we’re very thankful for all of it. I believe all of the parts on our car make for a winning combo and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”
You can watch the Lethal EcoBoost make its first full pass down the drag strip with these mods and hot shoe Jeremy Martorella behind the wheel…
And, as you would expect, this won’t be the last time you see this car making passes. Team Lethal has set its sights on a 10-second pass with this car, so stay tuned.