Featured: Justin Brockmeyer’s supercharged 2006 Mustang GT
Justin Brockmeyer can remember being interested in cars even when he was a little kid, preferring to play with matchbox cars rather than GI Joes or Transformers like his friends. He loved watching racing on television, and although he didn’t aspire to be a professional driver, he did know that when he got older he wanted to own a car that would stand out. Justin’s father had owned several Volkswagens so he naturally got hooked on them first, but it wasn’t long before Mustangs caught his attention. “My dad used to always tell me about this convertible Mustang he had when he was a kid. So that kind of started the Mustang bug.”
Justin purchased his first Mustang in 2000 when he picked up a ’97 GT. Not satisfied with the stock setup, he made several suspension upgrades and added a set of Cobra R wheels within the first two weeks. Within a few months he added a few engine bolt-on upgrades and fitted a Cobra R hood. “I drove the heck out of it,” Justin recalls, who put 60,000 miles on the car. All that hard driving took its toll, however, and a blown motor left him in need of another vehicle. Justin picked up a ’98 Cobra, but despite doing similar upgrades he didn’t think that it handled or performed as well as his previous car. “I got a little burned out on Mustangs and picked up another VW for SCCA Solo 1 racing,” he admitted.
Justin’s hiatus from Mustangs lasted until he first saw the S197 Mustang in 2005. “I couldn’t wait to drive one,” he told us. He finally got behind the wheel in 2006, and two months later purchased a Black Premium GT. As you might have guessed, Justin’s new Mustang didn’t stay stock for long. In fact, he started adding go-fast parts the day he drove it off the lot. As with his previous Mustangs, the suspension was priority number one and received a complete makeover. Many of the parts came from Steeda, including their lightweight radiator support, front g-trac bar, rear billet lower control arms, upper third link, panhard bar, and rear chassis brace. The stock springs were replaced with Eibach’s Pro Kit, and both front and rear sway bars are now Eibach as well. Tokico d-Spec adjustable shocks provide both firm and comfortable settings for the track and street.
Not wanting to waste time swapping out separate wheels and tires, Justin fitted a combo capable of performing on both the street and track. A set of lightweight Axis Reverb 18 x 9.5 inch wheels are wrapped with Nitto NT01 tires, 275/40/18 both front and rear. The brakes needed to be suitable for double duty as well, so a Baer 14-inch brake kit with 6-piston calipers provides stopping power up front, Baer 14-inch rotors with stock calipers do the job in the rear. Justin also added ceramic brake pads front and rear as well as stainless steel brake lines.
With handling and braking taken care of, Justin set about adding more power. He decided to go with forced induction, specifically Saleen’s Series VI twin-screw supercharger. A JDM Engineering 3.0 inch pulley combined with a C&L cold air intake, GT500 throttle body, and 90mm MAF ensure that there is no shortage of air coming into the engine while a full Bassani exhaust system including long tube headers, x-pipe, high-flow cats, and race mufflers keep things flowing on the other end. A Ford Racing aluminum radiator and custom four core heat exchanger help prevent heat soak at the track and during hot summer days, and the drivetrain is fortified with an RPS clutch and billet flywheel, JPC one-piece aluminum driveshaft, Mag-Hytec differential cover, and a Detroit Locker with 3.73 gears and a set of Strange axles. Final tuning was done by Racers Edge Tuning in Downey, CA yielding 492 rwhp and 476 lb-ft torque.
The interior of Justin’s Mustang meets the requirements of both a daily driver and a weekend track warrior. The stock buckets have been replaced with a set of lightweight Recaro 1-piece Kevlar race seats, and a Momo suede steering wheel allows for a firm and while hitting apexes. The custom carpeted rear seat delete limits the passenger count to one, as does the 6-point roll cage from Auto Power. A Hurst short-throw shifter, CDC pedal kit, and carbon fiber dash kit complete the purposeful interior.
For the exterior Justin wanted to give his Mustang a sinister look while still increasing the performance of the car. He turned to Steeda once again and fitted their race cowl induction hood to decrease underhood temperature as well as their competition front fascia that improves aerodynamics for high speed stability. Justin also added a Roush rear wing, Street Scene grill with center fog lights, sequential taillights, Saleen HID headlights, and color-matched side mirrors and window trim.
While many cars are constantly in a state of progress, Justin claims that his Mustang is fully complete. He’s found it to be a fantastic daily driver (27,000 miles on the clock and counting), as well as a great track car, both on the road course and at the drag strip. The versatility of the car can be seen in the numbers – Justin has recorded 1.1g on the skidpad and an 11.74 @ 118 mph in the 1/4 mile. “I have one of the baddest daily driver cars around that I can take to any track, be competitive, and drive home that day with out being a trailered,” he proudly says. “As of right now the car is finished to my specs. Unless the new mustang is better than this, my car is not going anywhere.”
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