Vortech Engineering’s 2008 Mustang GT Shop Car

November 18th, 2011

Text and Photos by Bob McClurg

Oxnard, California’s Brian Ellis has what many consider a dream job. Brian is a member of Vortech Engineering sales and marketing staff, which means when he isn’t talking tech on the telephone with a potential customer, he’s chatting up Vortech Engineering’s latest technical innovation with a prospective buyer. But that’s only the half of it. Ellis practices what he preaches, as witnessed by this Raven Black, Vortech-supercharged and intercooled 4.6L three-valve ‘06 Mustang GT, which was part of the Vortech Engineering LLC/Paxton Automotive Corporation display at the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

“After buying a Fox body Mustang in 1993, I caught the modification bug and never looked back,” says Ellis. “Next, I built a supercharged 2002 Ford Focus. (Both cars were featured in numerous magazines, Ed.) My job in the sales and marketing department at Vortech Engineering LLC has afforded me opportunities I would have otherwise never had. In 2008, I decided to build this Mustang GT to promote Vortech Engineering LLC’s new V-Power super high output system!”

Ellis continued, “Getting the car ready for SEMA 2008 was a crazy journey. Going from stock to what you see here in just five weeks was a ton of work. It was absolutely insane. After getting the GT back from the paint shop, Jimmy Martz, Dennis Stroup and I went 48 hours straight just to get the car finished for SEMA. We got to Las Vegas with just enough time to check into our hotel, grab a little sleep, and then take the GT to Las Vegas Convention Center’s gold lot check in and get it parked. We got a prime spot right outside the front doors of the main hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, so all of that hard work was well worth it!”

Out back on the taillight panel you’ll find a Vortech insignia gas cap and state of California vanity plate declaring “1EVIL V8.”

Of course, the centerpiece of the whole project is Vortech Engineering’s self-lubricating, V3 Si Trim V-Power super high output centrifugal supercharger, which is rated at 11 psi using an eight-rib pulley. But that’s just half of the equation. Also onboard is one of Vortech/Paxton’s air-to-water dual bypass charge coolers, which completes the system in its entirety, and therein lays the key to the car’s neck-snapping 492 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque. Other engine modifications that transform this mild-mannered 315-hp 4.6L three-valve Mustang GT into a 500-hp–or close to it—supercar include a set of 60-lb-hr Siemens Mototron electronic fuel injectors, twin high flow Vortech Engineering LLC in-tank fuel pumps, a high flow MAF and DiabloSport Predator with hand-held tuner. A set of JBA equal length big tube shorty headers, a Corsa X-pipe and 4-inch-tipped Corsa cat back dual exhaust round out the package. Backing it up is the Hurst-equipped Borg Warner T45 five-speed transmission, equipped with an 8.75-inch Fidenza twin-disc clutch and Fidenza pressure plate.

For suspension, The GT is equipped with a Griggs Racing GR40 ST kit, which features Griggs’s specific rate coil springs, Griggs-Koni coil-over shocks and struts, Griggs Racing front and rear anti-sway bars and Griggs’s Racing adjustable panhard bar. Rearend gearing is the stock Ford 3.55:1. Braking is handled by a set of four-piston, 13-inch Baer Racing Eradispeed rotors front and six-piston, 14-inch Baer Extreme Plus rotors on the rear. Wheels and tires consist of a set of 20 x 9-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear Koenig Beyond wheels rolling on P275/30xZR20-inch front, and P305/30xZR20-inch Toyo Proxes T1R high performance radial rubber on the rear.

All of the exterior graphics done in silver are courtesy of Sticker Dude Designs.

When it came to tricking out the GT’s exterior, Ellis and company installed a Seibon carbon cowl induction-style hood along with Street Scene Gen I front bumper, side skirts and rear diffuser, as well as a Gen I ducktail spoiler, Shelby Super Snake quarter window scoops and side mirrors, all painted matching black by Creations n‘ Chrome’s Gary Watson. Also onboard is a Street Scene egg crate grille featuring center-mounted Marchal fog lights with black chrome inserts, smoked Plexiglas taillight and brake light covers, and a special Vortech rear deck emblem. Of course, since this GT functions as a calling card of sorts for Vortech Engineering LLC, Sticker Dude Designs came up with the contrasting silver tape graphics.

Inside, the Ellis GT features the factory black leather interior, albeit slightly upgraded with a set of Auto Meter Cobalt digital gauges and a Scosche subwoofer and amp added to the stock Ford Electronics audio system. Whether it’s the SEMA Show or the street, this triple black Mustang GT turns heads in a major way!

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