This isn't even its final form.
More than a staple Ford Mustang power plant, the Coyote V8 engine is very versatile, and some folks have found ways to push the envelope, extracting thousands of horsepower from the V8. We're talking about this 1963 Galaxie, which has transformed from a classic cruiser to a high-performance racing monster.
Adam McCoy is the owner of this Ford Galaxie, armed with an imposing presence even at first glance. Stretching approximately 20 feet long and 86 inches wide, it has bead-locked wheels and a slammed appearance, with fabrication work done by Jared Tucker of Jared's Garage in South Carolina. While it may look like a lowrider car (from very, very far away), it's a full-blooded dragster that demands the same attention on and off the track.
The monster's performance is courtesy of Kevin Mullins of TKM Performance, who has tuned a billet 302 cubic inch (5.0-liter) Coyote V8 block engine with factory heads, adding twin Precision PT7685 turbochargers and Atomizer 850pph fuel injectors, all managed by a Holley Dominator ECU.
It makes 3,000 horsepower at the crank (2,700 hp at the wheels, as tested on dyno), channeled through a M&M Turbo 400 three-speed transmission. This machine's power gets results, with the video showing Mullins nonchalantly touting an extremely quick 4.90-second 1/8th-mile pass at 99 mph.
With that kind of performance, a full drag-spex cage dominates the sparsely finished, race-focused cabin.
Better still, TKM Performance boasted a 4.12-second pass a few weeks ago. With the way this car sprinted in the video above, that isn't surprising at all.
The team emphasizes learning the car's behavior through test-and-tune sessions at the drag strip. Every run is an opportunity for refinement, adjusting to enhance speed and reliability.
Therefore, it should be no surprise to learn that the TKM Performance team isn't done yet with this Galaxie build, with a goal to hit 3s over the 1/8th-mile. We're not sure where and when, but with this dedicated team behind the build, it's only a matter of time before they hit their goal.