LS7 Mustang? ARE YOU NUTS?!?!
By Zack Klapman
Someone put an LS motor in a Mustang. People are losing it. Allow me to respond.
A drift team in Hungary has put an LS7 in a Mustang, and that has some hornets in the Mustang Forums stirrin’. I understand a quiet comment of disapproval; our fans are relatively respectful and articulate people. You may not like this car (or others we’ve featured), but you aren’t neanderthals about it. But some people just lose their minds.
All caps? Seems a bit harsh, no? “This is a monstrosity! This i like the Westboro Baptist Church hiring gay decorators!” Geez. I know that’s not how the majority of Mustang fans react, but people get really wound up on what is essentially them deciding the appropriate image for a car. It’s simple judgement, something well do. The new Vette came out and everyone discussed it somewhere. We judge cars the way we judge people: Size them up, quickly decide what we like, don’t like, and our general feeling. Bright clothes, bit noisy, but overall a solid guy who’s down to get into some trouble: CTS-V.
But in this case, it’s a race car, so it’s more about the driving than the pedigree. It’s different criteria. In my opinion it’s really simple: These guys have a race car, and they get to race it. That would be incredible. I can’t imagine how great it is to do that on a regular basis. So it’s a Ford with a Chevy engine, so what? Did the new engine improve their drifting/race experience in any way whatsoever? It did? Excellent, I envy you, please Sir carry on.
Don’t you remember the wisdom of Father Bill Caswell?Do whatever you have to do to go racing. You’re racing a Corvette, the motor blew, and all you have around is the V6 from a Camry? Can you make it fit? Then go do it!! Who gives a fuck what people think?! You’re racing cars around! It’s like recess with money. It’s a privilege, so don’t waste a second on people telling you how to do it. Just have fun.
These guys have a Mustang drift car. That’s a Ford Mustang, that they have, whose sole purpose is burning tires while going sideways… To steal from an imprisoned Harland William’s who, upon hearing his friends (played by Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer) are going to get his bail money by selling weed, responds with ecstatic 100% support, “Good! Drift car! New engine! Whatever! Just put it in!”
Let them use whatever the fuck engine they want. If I had to use a Prius engine I would. If swapping in an unorthodox engine will get you on the track, then that’s the bottom line and last word. Sorry, did you say it’s “Just wrong.”? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of my aMAZING AND LOUD RACINGCAR. When it comes to dedicated track cars, it’s silly to bothered by such a thing; it’s all just parts.
But some people react like you put new genitals on their dog.
Back in November, I saw a Mustang in the back of JCG Restoration and Customs. We were there to film their flawless, wide-body ’68 “Blu Balz“. But in out back, under a corrugated roof, next to a wrecked Ducati, was a 2007 Parnelli Jones Edition Saleen 302 Mustang. And in it, was an LS motor. Oh snap. Call the priest for confession. I can see the conversation now…
Mustang Preacher: Someone hath committed blasphemy! Tell me he didn’t put an LS motor into the Coyote’s bed?
Me: He did.
Mustang Preacher: My son! It will wrench the fabric of the earth and time apart! The very existence of this earth will CEASE! It is written that all plants and life will turn to dust in one silent scream-
Me: – wait what? A silent scream? Isn’t that an oxymoron or somethin-
Mustang Preacher: -THE SEAS CRASH AND BATTER OUR CITIES, until they fall, sinking into the center of the earth, NEVER to be SEEN again. Why the hell would he do that?!
Besides, that car would be worth a billion dollars if it was kept stock!!!
Me: K, first of all, that’s ridiculous, and even if it was true, Earth god would be into Ferraris, or maybe that electric drift car, if he’s a hippy. Secondly, he to me he chose an LS because he needed to make tons of power across as much of the power-band as possible. I dunno man, it’s a track car, it’s an ’07, it’s a race car, who cares? The Coyote motor is great too, I’m sure they have good reason. Use whatever works , right? Oh, and no it wouldn’t.
Mustang Preacher: It too would!
Me: Sir, I know that you really love the Parnelli Mustang, but you’ll be dead before it becomes a true collectible. There’s more car makers now, the collector game will change. Either way, you like this car, s that means that when you die, the market will have literally shrunk.
Mustang preacher: May Carrol Shelby’s ghost tea bag you in your sleep.
It’s a race car, it’s probably fun to drive, judge it on that.
Source: Mustang Forums