Specs & Mods
- Ownership Status
- Currently Own
- S550 Model
- Mods - Handling
Ford MFR3AM8A track suspension kit, all suspension/diff/cradle/motor mount/trans mount rubber bushings replaced with solids, sphericals or locked out, 1 piece aluminum DSS driveshaft, 19X11 wheels square, 20mm spacers on front, 305/30/19's, rear seat delete, Braille B2015 battery, SS brakes lines, Motul RBF 600 fluid, Vorshlag camber plates, Vorshlag deflectors being fed by the PP splitter and the remains of the 3" air tubes, Steeda H pipe resonator delete, Corbeau race seats and 6 point harnesses, Watson racing 4 point bar.
Best laps - Mosport 1:33.3, Shannonville 2:00.8, Mont Tremblant 1:58.3 on Vredestein Vorti R 220 TW tires - have seen numerous laps at Mosport predicted in high 1.32's but never completed due to traffic in last 3 corners.
Planned for 2020 - softer tires turned out to be Nankang AR-1 track tires, much good reviews read on these tires so a test is happening. Vorshlag brake deflectors installed, had 3" air ducts which usually ended up 1.5" air ducts due to getting crushed all the time, cut them back to the fender liner and aimed at the deflectors. Vorshlag caster-camber plate, opened up strut towers for more front camber, -3.5 camber now. These units replaced the maxed out at 2.1 MM camber plates which were troublesome pieces to install and I don't recommend them due to low quality hardware supplied with them. Splitter - thinking about making one, but not yet.
Unplanned for 2020 - problem with 3-4 shift, after 3 laps would lock out. Advice from Ben Calimer Trans indicated it would be best to change the stock clutch out before looking inside the gearbox as this is a common problem with the clutches on these cars when they get hot. Installing an Exedy Hyper Single. Also installing a Moroso baffled oil pan, the added grip from 100TW tires caused a pressure drop to 25 psi for a second in a corner, that was enough to decide on a better pan.
Winter work was gutting the car of as much weight as possible. Install Watson Racing 4 point bar, Corbeau race seats and 6 point harnesses, that project is finished. Seats/harnesses made a big improvement over the Recaros/Schroth QuickFit Pro.
Possible stuff for next year: Gut doors or replace with glass ones. Lexan windows, available from at least 2 shops in Britain at fairly reasonable cost. Optic Armour windshield.
- Mods - Power
Ford Power Pack 2 kit and tune, JLT oil catch can. PP2 tune with no lift shift feature is a real PITA, constant stutter on upshifts unless you are extremely precise and very fast with clutch release, with a light or removed clutch spring the stutter will not go away, with the stiff stock spring it is still there but not as bad. Very poor feature for road course work. I got enough wheelspin to get sideways at over 100 mph on the 4/5 shift due to how violently the power comes back on and it can't be disabled per Ford Performance who told me they have no intention of releasing an updated tune without that feature in it. Tuners also tell me they can't work with the GT350 throttle body, so to get rid of this tune have to revert to the stock TB. I do not recommend buying the Power Pack kits because of the inability to shut off the NLS feature.
- Mods - Exterior
Race Louvers center hood vent, Verus side hood vents, AeroCatch hood pins.
No rear aero as yet still working on getting rid of push.
- Mods - Interior
- Watson 4 point bar, Corbeau race seats, 6 point harnesses. Interior mostly gutted.
- Background & Plans
- Bought it as a distraction to get me through a very rough period of time in my personal life thanks to the Big C deciding to find a home in my spouse. Lost that war. Got bit by the go fast bug again and here we are. Still focused mainly on losing weight, content with the amount of power the car has. Upgrade driveline components. Likely going to attack the doors next, possibly CF doors/Lexan windows/Optic Armor windshield. Lot of weight to be lost there.