SEMA 2014: Wilwood Brakes 1966 Ford Mustang

wilwood-mustang-frontI caught a glimpse of this red hot 1966 Ford Mustang on display at the Wilwood Brakes booth at SEMA 2014. As you can tell, this pony car is healthy as a horse!

This car has been completely transformed from a regular passenger car to a street machine. It was a contestant in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, which took place alongside SEMA 2014 in Las Vegas.

wilwood-mustang-engineLet’s start with the engine: the original Ford V8 has been replaced with a modern 5.0L V8 Coyote motor from a 2011 Mustang. The mostly-stock engine puts out 405 horsepower in a car that weighs just 3,200 lbs! There’s not much room in that engine bay, but somehow they made it fit! Coupled to the engine is a T56 six-speed manual transmission with a Centerforce clutch.

The interior offers Corbeau racing seats surrounded by a full roll cage. A Racepak digital gauge cluster provides the driver with a wealth of information, while air conditioning keeps the driver cool on those hot track days.

wilwood-mustang-interiorThe car is built to handle with a set of RideTech coilovers and a Strange Engineering rear axle and a 9″ differential. The large Boze wheels and Falken tires stick out just the right amount from the flared fenders.

The amazing thing about this car is that Wilwood built nearly everything in-house (except for the body work) and did not outsource it to a hot rod shop! For a track car, that’s pretty impressive. This was one sharp looking Mustang, and we salute the guys at Wilwood on their awesome build.