Watch A 727-HP Ford Mustang Pickup Struggle To Stay In A Straight Line

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Not the best car for a hill climb event.

The Simola Hillclimb is an annual event in the Western Cape region of South Africa.

It started as the Knysna Speed Festival in 2009 and quickly grew into the biggest motorsport event of the year. The hill climb is beautiful in its simplicity. Competitors pitch up and go up the hill as fast as possible.

What was once a one-day event grew into a three-day spectacle consisting of two main events: Classic Car Friday, with the Saturday and Sunday dedicated to the King of the Hill.

The King is the person who can get up the fastest, but to make it fairer, there are various classes, including SuperCar Shootout, Modified Saloons, and Sports Cars and Single Seaters.

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Jason Webb/Facebook
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Roughly 99% of the competitors take it seriously, but you get the odd competitor who simply turns up to entertain the live crowd. Last year, somebody turned up in a V12 Toyota Hilux.

The perfect example this year was Jason Webb and his Monstang. The Monstang was built as a drift car, as you can see from Webb's other Facebook posts. This car has built up quite a reputation in the South African drifting series because there's nothing else quite like it.

It started life as a Ford Performance Roush 5.0 Mustang. Webb then upgraded it with a Roush Level 3 V8 kit, including a supercharger. This took the power output up to 727 horsepower, all of which is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

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Other upgrades include an FTF fuel system, an entire fiberglass body, a custom suspension setup, and modifications to the steering arms to make them fully adjustable. This allows for a lot more steering angle.

The car also has forged axles, Cobra racing seats, a Sparco steering wheel, and a full roll cage.

As you might have noticed, this particular Mustang is styled to look like a pickup. There are two reasons for this mod. First, South Africans are nearly as obsessed with pickup trucks as the US. Secondly, there's less weight over the rear axle, making it even easier to light up the rear wheels.

It may not have been the fastest car up the hill, but Webb was in a class of one when it comes to spectacle.

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