You ask a commoner on the street what Ford was doing in the mid 2000s and you are likely to get comatose stares and some mumbling about how phasing out the Taurus for the Five Hundred was a good idea, which is far from exciting automotive history.
Ford, which introduced the Freestyle in 2004—yikes—unveiled one of the greatest cars ever built, the Ford GT, and did so with a supercharger, an engine from the F-150 and a healthy dose of brutal American engineering.
The GT is still one of the most highly sought after supercars, even on the eve of its 10th anniversary, and easily commanding far above its original MSRP. This is in part thanks to its sound engineering, and the fact that examples are quickly dwindling at the hands of moronic drivers wrecking them, and mad tuners turning them up to 11.
These tuners are capable of extracting massive amounts of power from the factory supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine, which was then putting down around a meager 550 horsepower to the rear wheels from a mid-engine design.
The ease at which power can be added to the GT is astounding, with many of the factory components having been over-engineered because the project had to be hastily completed. The engineers behind the project over-engineered the car to ensure it could withstand the power, and in doing so created something extraordinary, which tuners have capitalized on like Addiction Motorsports—such a fitting name
Addiction Motorsports has done more than just add some simple modifications to their 2006 example. The company converted the motor from a 5.4-liter block to a 5.8-liter billet mill with Precision 67-68 turbochargers for additional insanity. The fuel system has been updated with upgraded injectors and a 170 shot of laughing gas has been added for good measure.
All that power is pumped through a custom built camshaft, a twin SPEC clutch and Ricardo transaxle. Wheels are from HRE, and AP racing brakes bring all the power back down to far less felonious speeds.
All this hardware adds up to a massive amount of power, as seen in Shmee150’s salacious YouTube video from this past weekend's Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack 7 presented by OB Prestige Auto and Diamonds by Wire. There is 1,800 horsepower at the crank, and 1,400 of those ponies attempt to make it to the wheels. As you can see in the video, grip is not a forte of Addiction Motorsports’ GT, even though it was dancing with the legendary 200-mph mar over the weekend. Unfortunately, the clutch couldn't hold all the power over the weekend so he settled for a 193-mph pass. Not too shabby; and he looked damn good while doing it.