Justin Burcham bought a brand-new 2011 Mustang GT during the opening days of summer 2010 with the intention of ripping it apart to go quicker and faster than anyone else. Just 24 hours after picking up the car from the dealership, he was holding a time slip that read 10.96 at 125 mph. It was the first-ever 10-second run with a Coyote-powered Mustang and he hasn’t slowed down since then. Just seven years later, Burcham continues to race the “Banana” and he is in possession of a couple of insane time slips from the Outlaw Modular class at the Mod Nationals, held at South Georgia Motorsports Park. One slips reads 6.999 and the other has a high speed of 200.44 mph!
“This car ran 10.90s in 2010 and I never thought in a 1,000 lifetimes that I would be shooting for 6.99 and 200 mph with the same Coyote 5.0,” said an excited Burcham when we talked to him shortly after the performance. Aside from the obviously visual difference with AEM Performance Electronics as the primary sponsor, the car has gone through several phases from a supercharged 8-second ride with a stick-shift to being the development vehicle for the JPC Racing turbo kit. The Mustang has served as a rolling test bed for dozens of products in the JPC Racing catalog and for major manufacturers, the most recent is AEM Performance Electronics as Burcham’s Mustang helped kickoff the AEM Infinity engine management system.
The Banana is currently a single turbocharged setup and relies on a Coyote that they call “Patches,” a Rich Groh Racing engine that was built using spare parts lying around the shop after the team’s primary engine was hurt during an NMRA race earlier this year. However, it is still running hard after nearly a dozen 7-second quarter-mile runs. The moneymaker responsible for the runs is a Forced Inductions 94mm turbocharger with a front-mounted JPC Racing air-to-water intercooler. The car was burning a special blend of FTW 99 on its record-breaking run.
As the Banana sits today, it features a DMC Racing SFI 25.3 chassis but still carries a true 3-link stock suspension with off-the-shelf parts. The lower control arms and brackets are from BMR Fabrication as is the panhard bar and race-style anti-roll bar. The upper control arm was sourced from Racecraft and utilizes the adjustable mount from the same manufacturer. Viking double adjustable rear shocks help plant a set of Mickey Thompson ET Radial Pro 275 tires. Up front, UPR Products supplied the tubular K-member and A-arms and also the Viking adjustable struts. Despite the off-the-shelf nature of the suspension components, the 3,030-pound Mustang still rocks 1.14 to 1.17 sixty-foot times, depending on the track and weather conditions. The other piece to the quick puzzle is a Transmission Specialties Powerglide with a Pro Torque Gen X torque converter.
There is also a long list of people who help with the car, including crew chief Eric Holliday who oversees the racing operation and helps power management, Aaron LeBlanc, Kevin MacDonald, Ronnie Reynolds, Adam Humm, and the rest of the guys at JPC Racing.