This year EATON Performance called out all of the TVS® supercharged vehicles to come to Atlanta Dragway in early April for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals and see who is king of the hill. The EATON TVS Supercharger Throwdown would pay the winner $1,000 cash, a supercharger of choice from Eaton’s technical partners (Edelbrock, ROUSH Performance, Magnuson Superchargers, and Harrop), and hand out an impressive trophy that was designed and built by Superchargers Online.
A slew of Camaros and Mustangs answered the call and it was Brian “Iceman” Devilbiss who was the last man standing after several rounds of racing with his “Viktor” Mustang. Thanks to the consistency and performance from his Edelbrock E-Force supercharged Viktor, Devilbiss ran low 9s at over 150 mph all weekend long to capture the glory, the money, and the chance to party in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
The weekend began by qualifying second in the field using a 9.331 at 149.30 mph and setting him up for a clean run to the finals during Sunday’s elimination rounds. Devilbiss opened the competition by beating the 2016 Camaro SS of Gregory Carlos. The Edelbrock supercharged Mustang posted a 9.248 at 151.07 mph to Carlos’ 10.002. A little bit of luck goes a long way in heads-up racing and Devilbiss snuck by a tire-spinning Dalton Winkler and clipped the clocks with a 9.263 at 150.97 mph performance to advance to the final round.
In the finals Devilbiss faced a quicker Oscar Morin but stuck his game plan of consistency and it paid off. Morin smoked the tires while Devilbiss streaked to the win with a 9.276 run.
Devilbiss’ Mustang is prepared by Evolution Performance and is a surprisingly simple combination. Boasting 1,020 rwhp and 919 rwtq through the factory 10R80 automatic transmission, the low 9-second runs are accomplished at a race weight of 4,180 pounds (with driver). The engine benefits from an Edelbrock E-Force Stage 2 supercharger kit that features a TVS 2650 rotor pack, Edelbrock 103mm throttle body, and an Edelbrock 113mm cold air intake. The engine sees 18 psi of boost to help it achieve the 1,020 rwhp results on the chassis dyno. Lund Racing’s Jon Lund Jr. is responsible for the custom engine calibration that was uploaded to the factory ECU using an nGauge tuner.
Evolution Performance’s Steve Schechterly cracked open the front of the Gen III Coyote engine to add a few parts to ensure durability. The primary chains were replaced with Ford Performance heavy-duty chains while Accufab was tapped for a set of heavy-duty secondary chains. Ford Performance was also credited for the stronger chain tensioners, brackets, billet crankshaft gear sprocket, and billet oil pump gears. ARP was sourced for the Cam Tower Bolt Kit, tensioner bolt kit, and balancer bolt. A Boundary high-flow, anti-cavitation oil pump backing plate was also added before the front cover was bolted back on the engine.
Sunoco E85R ethanol-based fuel is delivered to the boosted engine via a Fore Innovations triple pump return-style fuel system and a set of Injector Dynamics ID1300X fuel injectors. Brisk RR12S spark plugs light off the charge of ethanol and 18 psi of boost for a consistent and efficient burn. Expelling the spent gases is the job of Stainless Works 2-inch primary tube headers, connecting pipes, and a Borla 3-inch cat-back exhaust.
Moving a 4,180-pound Mustang through the quarter-mile efficiently is the job of several companies. Weight transfer and IRS squat are controlled by a set of Viking Crusader adjustable shocks. The IRS suspension was modified using a complete kit from BMR Suspension, which consists of upgraded bushings, lockout kits, and adjustable parts to ensure the proper geometry and motion of the IRS. The combination of the BMR suspension components and Viking shocks, coupled with a pair of Mickey Thompson ET Street R drag radials, produced stellar 1.33 sixty-foot times during the TVS Supercharger Throwdown.
Devilbiss purchased the car as a daily driver after his 2013 Shelby GT500 was turned into a 2,000hp racecar that competes in NMRA/NMCA Street Outlaw. And while he claims he is going to keep this one street worthy, Devilbiss did admit that the goal is to run in the 8s with Viktor before it is regulated to street duty only. But he used that same statement a few years ago when talking about his GT500!
For now, the EATON TVS Supercharger Throwdown trophy is on display at Evolution Performance as the shop and Devilbiss carefully craft their next move on acquiring that 8-second time slip.