What better way to start the New Year than by beginning a new project-car build? That is exactly what the crew at AmericanMuscle.com did in the latest episode of their Hot Lap video series. The bulk of the first episode of 2017 details the first salvo of mods on video host Stephanie Wood’s new S550.
“I’m here in the shop today with my own, personal 2017 GT,” she said. “For those of you who don’t know, I got this car back in July and I told you I was going to build it and I told you I was going to make it a bad bitch.”
AmericanMuscle.com kicked off the New Year with a new video debuting its latest project Mustang. Video host Stephanie Wood’s 2017 GT gained an Air Lift suspension, a Barton Shifter, a Ford Performance GT350 shift knob, a Kooks cat-back exhaust and a set of Race Star wheels in the first installment.
…I wanted this cat-back because I think it produces one of the best sounds for an S550.—Stephanie Wood, AmericanMuscle.com
To start on its path toward badness, the stock GT picked up an Air Lift
suspension, a Barton
shifter, a Ford Performance
GT350 shift knob, a Kooks
cat-back exhaust and a set of Race Star
wheels. While she was stoked about all the mods, the new Kooks exhaust was clearly a highlight.
“And, we are also finally getting rid of that stock exhaust, which I am so stoked about because I am pretty tired of the car being as quiet as it is,” Stephanie said. “…I wanted this cat-back because I think it produces one of the best sounds for an S550. I have heard hundreds of aftermarket exhausts on S550s lately, but I have to tell you this one is a little bit different because it is my own, personal car.”
Her car definitely sounds great with the new cat-back installed, but the AM video series is all about variety. Stephanie’s co-host took a tour of the Flowmaster manufacturing facilities in California where he got a peek at the company’s new Delta Boost tuner for EcoBoost-powered Fords.
“Right here we have the Flowmaster Delta Boost performance tuner,” Alex Perry, engineer at Flowmaster, explained. “It simply plugs into your boost-pressure sensor and it will turn up your boost between 3 and 4 psi depending on your desire, as well as a -4 psi valet mode if you give it to your kids or a valet.”
The EcoBoost automatic test car delivered baseline numbers of 256 horsepower and 316 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Dynapack chassis dyno and, according to the results in the video, this simple mod is good for some impressive performance gains.
As part of AM’s Hot Lap video series, host Justin Dugan toured the Flowmaster production facilities and shared test results from the company’s new Delta Boost tuner for EcoBoost-powered Fords.
“With the 4-pounds-of-boost setting that we have it peaked out at 272 horsepower,” Alex said. “That’s a gain of 16. As well as 366 lb-ft of torque, which is a gain of 50 lb-ft of torque.”
Those are gains you can feel and the Delta Boost can be stacked with other mods, including a custom calibration, for even more performance.
For more on Stephanie’s project car, you can check out the AmericanMuscle site here, while more can be found about the Delta Boost tuner on the Flowmaster site here.