DC Performance has released information on a car they’re overhauling at their facility in Bel Air, Maryland for X275 racer Marcus Thompson. Thompson delivered his Fox body Mustang to the shop for a few chassis updates for the 2012 season. Stepping up from the grudge racing scene, Marcus tried his hand at class racing last season and developed a desire to be a front runner in his class. To date, with the previous combination, the car has been 4.96 at 151 MPH with a 1.25 60-foot, and those numbers should only get better this year. Although he has no class wins under his belt to date, Thompson is gunning for the top spots at a few big races this year.
The custom, two-tone painted Fox is slated for a 25.5 chassis to make it legal for the new NHRA 1/8-mile rules. After a little persuasion from Drag Radial ace Alex Vrettos, Marcus opted to remove the front end from the shock towers forward and do a custom tubular front end while in the shop. All of the updates are scheduled to be finished my mid February as Thompson is set on competing in south Georgia at the ORTC’s X275 race. With the car already torn apart, it was decided upon that all new suspension parts were going in the car, as well. For that, they’ve utilized UPR Suspension Products to handle the new power. Also, the car is going to be completely rewired front to back by DC Performance to make the most of the new setup.
The driveline combination is a small block Chevy measuring 377 cubic inches, based on a Bowtie block with 18-degree Dart heads. Other components include a solid roller cam and a Bowtie intake. On the induction side of things is a Precision Pro Mod 88mm turbo with dual waste gates. The transmission was built by Trans Specialties with a transbrake and is coupled to a Pro Torque converter and the rear end combo is an 8.8 Ford with 35-spline axles and a spool with 3.55 gears. Aerospace brakes all around will handle slowing this pony down. Horsepower is estimated to be somewhere in the range of 1100-1200.
For X275 competition the car must weigh in at 3,400 lbs. for the combination, so it will have its hands full running big numbers.
Thompson plans to be run the rumored new 275 Mickey Thompson Drag Radials if a set can be acquired. Thompson generally follows the Cecil County Dragway Street Car Shootout series, the Yellow Bullet Nationals, and Atco Raceway and MIR’s X275 classes. And as mentioned, will also be attending the ORTC races at South Georgia Motorsports Park in February and October before closing the year with MIR’s World Cup Finals. Once sorted out, Thompson and company hope to run deep into the 4.80 range and get the car to sixty-foot in the 1.10’s. Helping out to attain these goal will be Chris Klien from Injection Connection, who will work over the BS3 system engine management system.
With everyone working as a team from Joe Nesham at J&E Performance, Chris Klien from Injection Connection, Dominic Cimino from DC Performance, Alex Vrettos and Konstatine Zografos from Team Corupt, Out & Front performance, UPR Products, Mickey Thompson and the crew guys Andre Bruce (Marcus’s Father), and Bobby Stevenson, Thompson hopes to be a force to reckon with this year.