Sacrilegious 1,300-HP Fox Body Mustang Dominating Drag Strips

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The builder won the Drag & Drive class at the LS Fest East three years in a row.

While not everyone is a fan of shoving an LS engine in a Ford, Tyler Baber, who owns a Fox Body Mustang takes pride in his build. Baber got his car when he was just 16, and 14 years later, he is dominating drag strips, including the Drag & Drive class at the LS Fest East.

Baber met up with AutotopiaLA at the festival, giving the presenter a tour of his sacrilegious Mustang, front to back. From completing a quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds a long time ago, the LS-swapped Fox Body Mustang now averages around 7.86 seconds, according to Baber.

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At the heart of the build is a 6.0-liter LS turbocharged engine rescued from a junkyard. This power unit is coupled with Trick Flow 220 heads, Holley intake manifolds, Brian Tooley racing camshafts, Stainless Works headers, and a Shearer Fabrication intercooler.

The car has yet to be strapped to a dyno, but Baber estimates the engine could produce around 1,300 horsepower at the wheels. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed Turbo 400 racing transmission and a Team Z Fab nine-inch rear end. Moreover, the rear axle transfers the power to the road via 15" x 12" wheels wrapped in 275/60R15 radial tires.

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Despite the long list of modifications, the chassis remains untouched. The old Mustang still has the stock shock towers, firewall, and full-frame rails. But the interior is transformed to go racing, with carbon door panels, a Holley EFI system, a fire extinguisher system, and a full containment seat like the one you would see in a next-gen NASCAR.

Purists may find this build annoying, but this LS-swapped Fox Body Mustang kills it on the drag strip. So much so that this year marks Baber's third consecutive victory in the Drag & Drive class at the LS Fest East. Even better, he can still take the crazy but street-legal build for a spin on the road during the off-season.

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