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Battle for 2018-Up Mustang Supremacy Heats Up—Midnight Performance, Team Beefcake Lead the Way | Presented by Nitto Tire

Midnight Performance is the Quickest and Fastest 2018-Up Mustang 5.0 thanks to a 9.47 at 150 mph run at Evadale Raceway on April 11, 2018.

It all started this past winter when MAK Performance bolted on a ProCharger P1X supercharger kit to its 2018 Mustang GT. The car cranked out 846 rwhp and then proceeded to become the first 9-second ride using the Direct Injection generation of the Coyote 5.0. Willie Diaz pushed the car to a best of 9.92 at 142 mph at Palm Beach International Raceway. The MAK Performance group was quick to jump into the new engine and transmission calibration strategies, laying the groundwork for others to follow.

Fast-forward to the spring season, with NMRA national event series is underway and drag strips are emerging from their winter slumbers, allowing more performance shops to get on track. The first to strike was Terry Reeves of Team Beefcake Racing with his Vortech supercharged 2018 Mustang GT. Working with the calibration experts at Lund Racing, the car unleashed over 1,000 rwhp with a Vortech YSi-B supercharger adding pressure to the virtually stock Gen 3 Coyote 5.0. On track, Lund Racing began unlocking the secrets to the A10 automatic transmission and managed to coax a 9.60 at 140. The new 10-speed automatic continues to be finicky but Lund is confident it is only a matter of time before they get it perfected for big power applications like Reeve’s Vortech-blown ride.

As Reeves was pushing the envelope in Georgia during the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Manny Gomez of Midnight Performance—who was some 850 miles southwest of Atlanta Dragway—was preparing for a private track rental at Evadale Raceway.  The Midnight Performance crew installed an Aldo Weld twin turbo kit, using Precision Turbo 6466 turbochargers, on the shop’s 2018 Mustang GT. Gomez used an AMS 2000 boost controller to set the boost to just 9-10 psi as a starting point. Once again the remote tuning experts Lund Racing were called into action and the 2018-up Mustang record would fall further into the 9s. With more work on the A10 transmission calibration, Gomez walked away with a best of 9.47 at 150 mph!

Other details of the Midnight Performance machine include BMR Suspension mods to help plant the radial tires, Fore Innovation fuel system with Injector Dynamic fuel injectors, upgraded driveline parts such as axles and driveshaft came from The Driveshaft Shop, and helping drop weight is a Watson Racing K-member and Wilwood brakes.

There is certainly more performance available as the Coyote is a proven platform and it is just a matter of time before tuning companies get full control of the calibration. With Reeves already cranking over 1,000 rwhp and Gomez tickling that threshold with a minimal amount of boost, the drag racing future is bright for Ford’s latest Pony car.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.