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X readers have probably forgotten about our ill-fated 200-mph Mustang, and rightfully so—the project started way back in the early '90s.

Having successfully run the Silver State Classic open-road race in Nevada on a number of occasions (including an overall win), it was time to step up the performance of our '88 5.0L LX Mustang—substantially. Using a Vortech supercharger and

When you start talking about running 200 mph in a Mustang, you better be bolting on some serious horsepower.

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The 3.40-inch stroke was combined with a 4.125-inch bore to produce 363 ci. Also note the Fel-Pro MLS head gaskets and '/2-inch ARP head studs.

assorted bolt-ons, including a GT-40 intake, TFS High-Port heads, and a Crane 234/232 cam, the 302 eventually pushed the little pony past 190 mph. Those were pretty impressive numbers back in the day, especially given the fact that this was a real street car. In fact, it served as the sole means of transportation for a great many years). This was no trailered show queen, or even a pseudo street car (race car with a license plate)—it was an honest-to-goodness 190-mph street Mustang.

If that wasn't enough, the car was driven to and from every event with one exception. One Silver State race saw the replacement of the B-trim Vortech with an R-trim, along with a significant increase in boost. Higher boost combined with little in the way of tuning (this was prior to the availability of now-common Dynojet chassis dynos) resulted in a molten piston chunk finding its way out past the cylinder head—yes, it was ugly.

Fast-forward to 2010, and we have decided to resurrect the old gal and prep her for life in Y2K (plus 10). Coming full circle since the famous 5.0-liter Fox, Ford has introduced a new body style, a new modular engine family, and a retro Stang with (of all things) a resurrected 5.0-liter.

With over 400 hp, the new 5.0-liter motor is a far cry from the original 302 (originally rated at 225 hp). In addition to the changes in

The 3.40-inch stroke was combined with a 4.125-inch bore to produce 363 ci. Also note the Fel-Pro MLS head gaskets and '/2-inch ARP head studs.

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