Dave: Hey, everybody. I'm Dave from americanmuscle.com, and this is our 2012 GT Project Car. Hey, everyone. Welcome to another adventure in the americanmuscle.com Project Car series. If you've been following us, you're familiar with the car behind me, it was our last Project Car, our 2011 Automatic Mustang V6. By the time we got done with it, it went an 11.73.
Now, we're talking to our next project car, our Manual 2012 Mustang GT Premium. But, before we modify it and move onto Stage 1, we wanna get some baseline numbers out of our bone stock GT. From over my shoulders, Mike Wilson, the Bama lead calibrator, he's getting the car in the dyno situated to get us those numbers. Hey, Mike. The car is brand new, the car is bone stock. What do you really expect to get out of this today on the dyno?
Mike: I'd like to see about 360 to 370 horsepower to the tires, but the only way to find out is to make a run, so let's do it.
Dave: Sounds good. All right, Mike. That was the very first stock run for this car, bone stock actually. And I see the chart. Tell me what we're looking at here, if you would.
Mike: So, the car putting down 368 horsepower and 370 foot-pounds of torque.
Dave: So, we got our baseline numbers. Next logical step I'm thinking, street driving?
Mike: Let's go.
Dave: Let's do it. Let's unhook it. We're out driving the 2012 GT Project Car, out on some back roads getting a feel for real-life conditions. It's really nice, it's really comfortable.
Mike: The car handles great. The brakes are decent. There's definitely room for improvement. So, we'll get a Bama Tune in it and some performance parts, and see how much acceleration and horsepower and torque we can pick up.
Dave: Well, Mike, I'm thinking there's only one thing left to do.
Mike: Let's go to the track.
Mike: Let's go.
Dave: All right, Mike Wilson's behind us in our bone stock 2012 GT. He's gonna take off the traction control and run it down the quarter mile, give us our baseline time. Let me get out of the way. We'll see what he does.
We're back at the shop after our stock run with the Project Car. We went down to Cecil County Dragway and ran a 13.2 in the quarter mile. Now, the track was super slick and we know these cars are capable of a 13.0 in stock trim. So, we're gonna use that as our baseline number going forward. So, with that said, let's go ahead and get started with Stage 1 of our Project Car.
All right, Mike. We are about to begin Stage 1 of this build here. Why don't you give me an idea of what's going on today.
Mike: We're gonna start off with your basic first modifications. First, gonna be a JLT Carbon Fiber Intake kit, which is gonna allow the engine to breath more, make more horsepower. Then, we're gonna install this JLT Oil Separator. It's gonna catch any kind of oil vapors so they get recirculated back of the intake track, and help prevent it from detonating, especially in the high horsepower cars.
Dave: Makes sense.
Mike: And finally, we're gonna top it off with a Bama Performance 93 Octane tune. This is gonna help optimize the air-fuel ratio, the spark advance and enhance the throttle response to the car.
Dave: With that, I assume obviously the cold air intake being on there already, what kind of numbers do you expect to get today?
Mike: We should see right under 400 horsepower with all this.
Dave: That's not bad at the wheel.
Dave: Okay. All right, Mike. That was your pull of your performance parts on here.
Mike: Cool. What'd it do?
Dave: So, looks like we got a horsepower of 398 and 389 foot-pounds of torque, and that's giving us a peak gain of 31 horsepower and curve gains of 55 horsepower and 40 foot-pounds of torque.
Mike: Just about what we expected then.
Dave: Definitely. Why don't we get it back to the track, see what that did for our times.
Mike: Cool. Let's get it off the dyno.
Dave: And before we head out, I want to dress it up a little bit.
Mike: Cool. Let's do it.
Dave: All right. The idea of our Project Car is to create a killer street machine, but we didn't wanna do it with just performance parts. We want to make the car look the look as well. So today, we've done a couple things. We've taken your votes off of Facebook and named it Project Blackout, just as you picked. Today's plan? Put on the CDC Chin Spoiler and replace our factory one. Then, move onto the upper and lower grilles and replace those with the Black Retro Billet-Style Grille. It's gonna give us that blacked out and aggressive look that we're really after.
Well, the first round of appearance parts are complete, and if I do say so myself, it doesn't look too bad. Now, before we head back to the track to see what our new quarter mile time is, there is one thing left to do.
Announcer: at 12.45 at 115 miles an hour. Oh yeah.
Dave: Now, off our baseline number of 13.0, we just picked up over half a second, running a 12.45 at 115 miles an hour. Not too bad for an oil separator, a cold air intake, a tune, and our stock tires. Now, we're gonna head back to AmericanMuscle for Stage 2 of Project Blackout.