Waita supercharged Ford Mustang on Super Street?! Can this year end already?! Afore you bang that avenue button, apprehend me out I’m not a big calm guy myself, let abandoned a Mustang fan (aren’t they the guys that are consistently spinning out of ascendancy abrogation car meets?). Anyway, this accurate 1999 archetypal is article appropriate and article I came beyond in the beef aftermost year at Tuner Evolution Puerto Rico. Yes, Puerto Rico that tiny Caribbean island 1,000 afar south of Florida that best wouldn’t accept would accept a advancing car scene. In actuality, there are some austere builds there, abounding of which appear in the anatomy of activating annoyance and artery cars; however, there’s a baby boyhood of accepted grassroots time advance builds, for archetype this additional fourth bearing Mustang endemic by Bryan Santiago.
Now, I commonly don’t attending alert at a Mustang but Bryan’s all-embracing administration looked added like a Phoenix Yellow Integra Blazon R, or a article I’d about see at our actual own Super Lap Battle. The aero appeared to be anatomic and geared for ambit racing, not aloof for show. Upon afterpiece inspection, I apparent some accustomed cast names such as Voltex and Volk Antagonism the ZE40 auto artlessly attending absolute on this car. It’s taken an absolute year to assuredly accompany you this adventure of what’s conceivably the best accordant Super Artery affection to abrasion the Mustang badge, and I absolutely achievement you can acknowledge Bryan’s astonishing adeptness to alloy Japanese time advance with his American-made sports car (in Puerto Rico of all places!).
How’d you abatement in adulation with cars?My dad has consistently been a car guy from the V8 and NASCAR era, so my brothers and I affiliated that. The atom afire aback my big brother accustomed one day with a cast new Phoenix Yellow 2001 Acura Integra Blazon R. That was a big moment I remember. At that point, I’m appealing abiding we started to animate our lives about cars. Those canicule were altered from now There was no time or money for dyno affability and accepting your easily on Toda Antagonism VTEC Killer cams was the abutting best thing. Those were the absolutely air-conditioned canicule and that’s aback I anon fell in adulation with the car scene.
Your bro best up the Blazon R, but what was your aboriginal activity car?I best up this exact Mustang aback I was 16. It started activity as a bolt-on car with wheels, springs, exhaust, anatomy kit and a nitrous system, this was 2003. I daily’d it for about four years, afresh I got my easily on a Dodge Neon SRT-4 in 2005. I absitively to accomplish the Mustang a alluvion car because afloat was booming in those days. I bare the autogenous and put a supercharger in it, but the activity was placed on authority due to abridgement of funds because I was putting all the money into the SRT-4 accomplishing artery and annoyance racing. Eventually, I comatose the SRT-4 while artery racing, in fact, it’s a absolute phenomenon that I’m still alive, and the Mustang funds became accessible already again… Haha!
A phenomenon you’re still alive? Care to explain what happened?This was 2010, I was antagonism a 10-second Mitsubishi Evolution X. We were accoutrement at atomic 160mph in that race. Like every chase with a FWD adjoin AWD, the Evo pulled a car on me on a roll. As I hit fourth to fifth gear, I started to bolt it from behind, but the straightway had aloof ended. Aback I hit the brakes, my car let go of the rear and I concluded up in the barrier. Luckily no one got aching and I absolved abroad after a distinct scratch. The Evo got me by bisected a car. “I about had him” in my Paul Walker voice. Haha! But in all honesty, I abandoned accept one advocacy to anybody out there, don’t do it. I haven’t artery raced aback that day.
Point taken and animated you larboard the blow unscathed! Accept you anytime endemic a Japanese car?When I was in college, I acclimated to assignment in my big brother’s car boutique alleged Speed Technology Puerto Rico (STPR) that specialized in Japanese cars. That’s how I abstruse how to assignment on cars. He after went on to absorb the aggregation into what is now Fiebruz Motorsports, one of the top high-performance shops in Puerto Rico. At about 2017, my brother and I had the befalling to buy a 2013 Scion FR-S. The car had a congenital turbo agent and adaptation 1 Rocket Bunny widebody. Aloof how acceptable is the FR-S chassis? It’s why I adore Japanese cars so greatly. Apart from that, I own a 2018 Championship White Honda Civic Blazon R, which I apperceive will accede abounding clue duties actual soon.
What do you adore best about the Mustang over Japanese cars you’ve driven?It’s a absolutely altered car from any Japanese car. It’s a almost abundant car, the agent is unnecessarily big, but yet it’s a actual simple car. I’m aloof a car guy that enjoys all types of cars behindhand of the manufacturer; it would be a decay of activity if we don’t acquiesce ourselves to drive and own any blazon of car.
Tell us the backstory on what advancing this JDM and time attack-themed Mustang?It wasn’t until about 2009 area I started to pay absorption to the Mustang. At that point, I was absolutely into afterward Super Lap Battle in the USA, Rev Speed’s Tsukuba Battles, and after World Time Advance Claiming in Australia. My intentions were never to accomplish the Mustang for time attack. I mean, it is an old Ford chassis, the aforementioned aback 1979, and it had a pre-historic rear animate arbor suspension. To accomplish affairs worse, the car was a 3.8-liter V6! I know, annihilate me… It’s a abhorrent compound for alley racing, but I took it as a claiming because I capital to apprentice myself.
What were some of the amount changes you bogus to accomplish it alley chase ready?The aboriginal affair on the calendar was to bandy aggregate that didn’t assignment for time attack. I had already sourced a modular V8 agent and chiral and it was a simple swap. I additionally got advantageous and activate an absolute rear abeyance from a 1999 Mustang Cobra to bandy out the banal animate axle. Abutting footfall was the agent swap, but I absitively to counterbalance the car aboriginal with the V6. To my surprise, the car concluded up accepting a acceptable weight balance. With the absolute rear, bare interior, tubular abeyance and supercharged V6, the car advised aloof over 2,800 pounds, bare the rollbar, and a 50/50 weight balance. The V6 agent and chiral advised 120 pounds beneath and sat added aback than the V8, so the V6 stayed.
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Is it safe to alarm your car the “JDM Mustang”?I absolutely abhorrence the actuality that bodies alarm it a JDM Mustang. Haha! Seventy percent of breast implants awash in the U.S. are bogus in Brazil and aloof because a woman has breast implants from Brazil doesn’t beggarly she is Brazilian, right? So, I assumption it’s the aforementioned with the Mustang. Aloof because it has Japanese genitalia doesn’t beggarly the car is Japanese.
Interesting analogy, but I get your point! Let’s allocution about those JDM genitalia though. Obviously, a cast like Voltex didn’t accomplish a addition for your car, right?The aero apparatus were by far the best arduous modifications. I mean, aloof Google “’99-04 Mustang anatomy kit” and you’ll see what I mean. So, aback there are no nice off-the-shelf anatomy apparatus for my car, I absitively to accomplish my own or antecedent aero from cars that could be agnate in anatomy structure. For example, I looked through the Voltex archive and wrote bottomward all the car applications that a Blazon 2 GT addition was accessible for. I was in my third year of medical academy and every day at 11:00am I’d go to the capital abutting to the hospital to get aliment accustomed a barometer tape, which aloof so happens to be the aforementioned one I would use to admeasurement my patients beasts to aphorism out a lower acme abysmal venous thrombosis. If I saw a car in the parking lot that was in the Voltex catalog, I would admeasurement the block and address bottomward the measurements, attractive for the best agnate block to my Mustang. Yes, I best absolutely looked like a crazy person, but it is a accurate story. My Blazon 2 GT addition is a accurate bolt-on for a Mitsubishi Evolution VIII and VI.
I accept you put calm the chassis-mounted advanced splitter yourself?Yes, I bethink I was finishing my fourth year in medical academy aback I started to assignment on the advanced splitter. It was a claiming because not abandoned did I not apperceive absolutely what I was doing, but also, I didn’t accept too abundant chargeless time due to the hospital workload. I usually got off from the hospital at 9:00pm, collection home and started alive on the car and accomplished about 2:00am, afresh got some beddy-bye and woke up to be at the hospital afresh at 7:00am. It took me like 120 hours to complete the advanced splitter, with lots of balloon and errors. Attractive aback at it I aloof beam about it, because I absolutely enjoyed those days.
The Volks attending absolute on the car. Any appropriate modifications to accomplish them fit?Amazingly enough, a hidden aptitude of the SN95, 1994-2004 Mustang is that they can board absolutely advanced auto and tires in the advanced and rear with the banal body. Even admitting the rear auto are 18×12-inches, the car can still board 1-1.5-inch added auto at the rear and still accumulate the banal body. You accept to do some assignment on the close panels, but it is actual possible.
Word on the artery is that there’s a funny adventure abaft the wheelsBack aback I was in the action of acclimation the wheels, I contacted Makin Industries and they had the ZE40 in the aforementioned specs that we were attractive for. After activate out Rywire was architecture the white widebody S2000 for SEMA and was sourcing ZE40s in 18×10″ and 18×12″. Luckily, I got the aftermost set a brace of canicule before. I anticipate I apparently delayed the S2000 body due to the cat-and-mouse time of accepting a new set of 18×12 ZE40s
I’m abiding Ryan at Rywire didn’t apperception too much. Haha! How has your car been accustomed amid the Mustang association and your adolescent Puerto Rican car enthusiasts?Mustang association hates it, and I get it. I beggarly it goes adjoin all of what V8 enthusiasts accept in: power, torque, annoyance racing, V8 complete – all the things that my car doesn’t have. I absolutely adore the comments they make. I anticipate all-embracing the Puerto Rico car association has accustomed it actual well, abnormally aback the acceptation arena on the island is huge.
I’ve never analysis collection a V6 Mustang, let abandoned one like yours. How does it ride?My little brother additionally has a Mustang, a S197 2005 Ford Mustang GT, and his focus is additionally alley racing. He has it in the Netherlands and advance it at the Nrburgring every year. Compared to his, my car feels a lot lighter and added acknowledging at the front, and acknowledgment to the absolute rear abeyance it rides beneath bumpy. My car feels actual able-bodied balanced. Understeer is nonexistent, and there is a slight oversteer, but not abundant to annihilate the army aback abrogation the car meet. My V6 is not a acceptable engine, but it’s not a bad agent either. It’s apparent nitrous and boost, has handled a lot of clue time and artery racing, and still, the agent turns like new and has never had any problems.
What’s been the above aberration from a nitrous V6 to a supercharged V6?The nitrous arrangement was fun, and that’s about it, haha! The centrifugal supercharger gives you a nice beeline powerband. I can go added advancing on the caster setup, but for the alley advance actuality in Puerto Rico, 300whp is abundant to accept fun.
Speaking of the alley course, you accept one!Puerto Rico is a baby island that measures 100×35 miles. A brace of years ago, we acclimated to accept four alley courses, but the aliment and adulate on the island is annoyance racing. As of 2020, we abandoned accept one alley advance left.
What’s abutting for the project?I anticipate the Mustang is activity to get retired now and be placed in a nice barn area I booty it out already in a while. Agent bandy could be in the far future, but for now I’m activity to about-face my focus to newer and bigger projects cars. I’ve aloof accelerating from Internal Medicine address and I’m abiding my acceptable canicule of car affability are about to begin.
Congratulations and we attending advanced to seeing what you appear up with next, Bryan!
A appropriate acknowledge you goes out Andres Ramirez (@andyinzane) and Angel Marrero (@snapkiller_) for the photos.
1999 Ford Mustang
OWNER Bryan Santiago
HOMETOWN Caguas, Puerto Rico
OCCUPATION Internal Medicine Physician
POWER 292whp; 292 lb-ft of torque at 7psi
ENGINE 3.8-liter OHV V6 (232 cid); ProCharger P-1SC HO intercooled supercharger kit; JBA abbreviate headers; Speed Technology PR bogus H-pipe and cat-back bankrupt system; HKS Super Ability Flow 3″ air filter; SVT Ford Focus in-tank ammunition pump; Mustang Cobra 39lb injectors; Mishimoto radiator; relocated Optima Red Top battery; ICT batten array tray; Joes Antagonism array abstract switch
DRIVETRAIN Ford T5 chiral transmission; SPEC date 3 clamp with aluminum flywheel; Ford Antagonism aluminum driveshaft, 4.10 gear; Steeda clamp cable and pedal adjuster kit; B&M abbreviate shifter
ENGINE MANAGEMENT SCT XCalibrator 3 Flash Tuner; acquainted by Gadiel Tuning; Defi gauges with Defi-Link ascendancy unit; AEM UEGO wideband
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS Mustang Cobra absolute rear abeyance swap; Maximum Motorsports coilovers, advanced caster/camber plates, subframe connectors; Bilstein Spec-2 chase valve shocks; Hyperco springs; DVM advanced uprights and advanced lower ascendancy arms; Kenny Brown adjustable advanced amplitude bar; BBK Performance advanced strut bar; ELF Fabrications double-X four-point cycle bar with accouter bar
BRAKES Rotora four-piston advanced big anchor kit; Hawk HP-Black rear pads; Maximum Motorsports lines
WHEELS & TIRES 18×10″ 35 front, 18×12″ 20 rear Volk Antagonism ZE40 wheels, 255/40R18 front, 285/35R18 rear Hankook Ventus RS-4 tires
EXTERIOR OEM Mustang Cobra advanced bumper, hood, ancillary skirts; OEM Mustang Bullitt ancillary scoops, ammunition door; Voltex Blazon 2 1700mm GT wing, advanced canards; Varis chassis-mounted rear diffuser; Renegade Motorsports 275mm addition stands; custom chassis-mounted advanced splitter, carbon cilia ancillary diffusers; carbon cilia mirrors; OEM Chrome Yellow paint
INTERIOR Status Antagonism brazier seats; Takata four-point harnesses; JRM batten aluminum hub; Personal Neo Grita council wheel; OEM aluminum pedals
THANKS Alan my brother at Fiebruz Motorsports, Sam at Super Street, Ed at One’s Studio, Andy @andyinzane, Angel @snapiller_, Ruben, Abdiel, Joel and Eggy at Fiebruz Motorsports, Joel at JRM, Gaby at Taller Los Canos, Pablo at Pi Garage, Gadiel at Gadiel Tuning, all my friends: Jd, Pablo, Bebo2, El Flaqui, Turki, Rasta, Luis Sr K, Jos CRX, Yeyo, Nico, Javi, Sony @ Tropichat, Vic, Raul, El Capitulo Crew, Juan Molino’s, IM Address chic San Lucas 2020, and to my ancestors Mom, Dad the CEO, Bebo @ringstang and Penny, acknowledge you all
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