Watch This 9.8-Liter V8 Ford Mustang Blow Up At The Track

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It still looks great though.

Browse the internet and it's clear the Ford Mustang GT is best known for crashing into people, other cars, and immovable objects. But sometimes it likes to go fast in a straight line. In a new video from horsepower junkie and professional drag racer Emelia Hartford, we get to see her massively overpowered sixth-generation Mustang head to the drag strip for some quarter-mile runs. Hartford has proven that she has what it takes to pilot seriously powerful cars down the strip as we've seen with her twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette which at one point held the record as the fastest C8 in the world. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned this time around with her Stang, and Hartford ends up blowing the engine on her highly modified beast.

Emelia Hartford/YouTube
Emelia Hartford/YouTube
Emelia Hartford/YouTube

This Mustang started out as a humble S550-generation GT with a 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 450 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. After a lot of wrenching, testing, and tuning, her Mustang eventually ended up housing a 9.8-liter big-block Ford V8 engine mated to a Tick Performance T56 Magnum XL transmission. Additionally, it's blown to kingdom come in a fashion that would make Dominic Torreto proud.

In a previous video, Hartford had the Mustang dyno tuned. At the tuning session the car made over 850 horsepower with little to no effort, but what was even more impressive was the torque figure: this beast made over 1,000 lb-ft at just 3,000 rpm. Later in the video, Hartford reported that they were experiencing issues with the engine related to the valve springs. Rather foreboding wouldn't you say?

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Emelia Hartford/YouTube
Emelia Hartford/YouTube

In the most recent video, Hartford speculates that the Mustang will make a mid to low ten-second pass on the first run. During that run, however, the engine cuts out and the car has to be towed to the pits. A possible fuel supply issue is identified. The smoke seen coming from the engine bay was caused by the oil dipstick blowing out due to high pressure. After a few attempted runs, the car gets pulled for a possible bent valve or a spun bearing. It's not the most dramatic engine blow-up, but we're sure Emelia will rebuild and come back stronger than ever.

Emelia Hartford/YouTube
Emelia Hartford/YouTube
Emelia Hartford/YouTube

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