While the 5.0 Coyote engine, MT82 six-speed manual transmission and 412 horsepower was enough to draw Jeremiah Hussey to the new 2011 Sterling Gray Metallic Mustang back in 2010, he had his sights set on modifying it to get more out of it.
Before long, he had put together a prototype shortblock to modify his Coyote engine, dubbed it the MPS1500 and used it to lay down 9.40s in the quarter-mile. By 2013, he had opened his own business, Modular Performance Solutions, in Robins, North Carolina, and by 2015, he had replaced the MPS1500 shortblock with an MPS2000 shortblock, which features custom sleeves to allow bore size to be increased to 3.700, as well as Manley rods and pistons, a stock crank and stock heads which he had hand-ported. The engine also features the company’s custom block support system.
“Our block support system is pretty unique,” said Hussey. “I actually weld it into the block before the block has any machining. It’s aluminum with billet supports, and it helps the cylinder walls stay true. You can get away without the support if you put sleeves in the block, but if you do both, it improves the ring seal and produces a maximum amount of horsepower.”
Hussey fronted the engine with an Armageddon turbo system featuring twin 67 mm Garret turbos, and steered toward the Turbo Coyote Shootout at last October’s NMRA event at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky.
“After making some shakedown runs, we ended up being the top qualifier with an 8.02 and 179,” said Hussey, whose car is equipped with a 25.3 chrome moly cage he fabricated, fiberglass door panels and a fiberglass dash which resembles a stock dash. “I made it to the semifinal, but lost when I got loose on the big end.”
Rounding out Hussey’s combination is a Powerglide with an upgraded input shaft and pump, and it’s backed by a converter by Greg Slack of Converter Design Specialist. Hussey has help tuning his combination from Aaron Lail of Tru Dyno Sports, who uses an AEM Infinity engine management system. The car does its rolling on 275 Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial Pros wrapped around Weld wheels.
Now, the former member of the U.S. Navy and current member of the National Guard Active Guard Reserve is preparing to take part in the 2016 NMRA Turbo Coyote Shootout, sponsored by Fluid Turbo Concepts, JPC Racing and Henchmen Racing. The exciting heads-up category for single- and twin-turbocharged Coyote 5.0-powered 2005-2016 Mustangs will be contested at the 22nd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, March 3-6 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida; 16th Annual NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals, April 28-May 1, Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania and the 18th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky.
“The rules of the class are attractive because they’re pretty open and they give everyone an opportunity to go and run the combination,” said Hussey, who’s supported in his efforts by his wife, Heather. “I’m looking for 7.50s this season.”