Prestolite Performance, parent company of Mr. Gasket, Mallory, ACCEL, Lakewood, Hays and AnchorTrax, has launched what they are calling Operation Muscle. The plan is to take the Big Three’s automotive icons (Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and last but definitely not least, the Ford Mustang), and develop performance parts for the owners to enjoy. The best part is you can follow along step-by-step as these cars are taken from showroom stocker, to performance kings. “Over the coming several months, these vehicles will be serving as development mules for countless new products across all of our brands. They will also serve as company mascots to our industry, letting our customers know that Prestolite Performance is well positioned to be a leader in the Performance Automotive Aftermarket,” explained Eric Scheinerman, CEO of Prestolite Performance.
The 2010 Mustang GT is a five speed car equipped with the 3.73 ratio performance rear axle – not a bad car, even in stock form. This is backed up by the baseline testing Prestolite completed on the Stang before putting it under the knife.
A day at the track for the 2010 Mustang GT
The Mustang was treated to a day at the track before being brought to the shop where it ran a solid 13.65 @ 102 MPH in the quarter-mile. Once back at the shop, the GT was run on Prestolites DynoJet dyno to get a baseline. 278 HP & 294 TQ were the results of the best of four runs.
The 2010 Mustang GT ran 4 runs on the dyno to get the baseline numbers.
While those times and numbers are great for a bone stock car, there is plenty of room for improvement. The guys from Lakewood wasted no time looking for ways to improve the suspension, starting in the rear.
With very little changed under the sheet medal of the Mustang for 2010, and as a result, many of Lakewood’s, Mr. Gasket’s and ACCEL’s components were able to transfer over from the 2009 models.
Upper Control Arms from Lakewood Industries.
Adjustable upper and lower control arms, drive shaft safety loop, K-Members braces and adjustable pan hard bars are all confirmed from Lakewood. With the components from Lakewood, this car will be able to launch harder and be more consistent. Plus you get the advantage of the suspension being adjustable to really dial it in for the track conditions. From Mr.Gasket, this Mustang GT got a newly designed exhaust gasket made from a steel core for top level torque retention, and a high-temperature graphite facing with great heat resistance and thermal conductivity to move heat away from the heads.
Mr. Gasket also offers a molded one piece Oil Pan Gasket and a rear end differential gasket for the 8.8” housing to make sure this Stang doesn’t a drop of fluid.
ACCEL confirmed the fitment of their Silver Tip Spark Plugs for this application as well. These plugs use a silver center electrode which allows for a wide heat range, low ignition voltage requirement and is extremely resistant to fouling. They have two part numbers for both the 4.6 L & 5.4 L Modular engines, one of them being one step colder for use with forced induction or nitrous.
Speaking of the laughing gas, Nitrous Express was kind enough to supply nitrous kits for both the Camaro and Mustang for.. ummm… suspension testing. The plan is to install these kits for use with the ACCEL 1-step colder plugs, and to give these cars the kick in the pants from a nice shot of N2O.
We’ll keep updating you on this project as more information and parts are available. Or head over to Prestolite Performance to read more about this project.