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MATT SNOW'S TRACK TOY IS A 1,000HP OVER-ACHIEVER

Text and Photos by Tom Wilson

At first blush you might think of Matt Snow's hot-rodded '93 Mustang Cobra as another corporate publicity stunt But that's impossible once you've met Matt, who's so obviously excited about the latest iteration of his car that such jaded thoughts just don't stand up to his infectious enthusiasm.

In other words, we think he really built this one for the fun of it, even if the over-powered red rocket gets some publicity for

Matt's Snow Performance business.

If you need more proof than the audacity of stuffing a little over 900 hp into an otherwise fairly stock Fox Mustang, consider Matt has owned his Cobra for years, and this is hardly its first rodeo. It began in 1999 when Matt bought the Fox from a guy in Oklahoma. "It was in real rough shape," as Matt tells it,"but it was fast! It had a 308-inch engine with AFR 165 heads. I started modifying it right away, playing with a supercharger and stuff."

Matt eventually coaxed 670 hp out of the Cobra's rear tires using a small ProCharger and lOOhp nitrous shot. It was at this time when Matt became interested in water-methanol injection. Using the '93 as a test mule, he developed his own watermethanol injection system and opened Snow Performance, which is dedicated to water-methanol injection systems.

▲ Matt Snow obviously knows how to have fun.

Even then we get the idea that Matt—whose energy level was apparently set to a low boil at birth—was having a good time. In one memorable weekend he used the stock-block combination to win a dyno contest, run an open-track, and post a 10.6-second run at the Pueblo, Colorado, dragstrip. All fun stuff—and why Matt says the car has true sentimental value to him.

Happy thoughts or not, Matt's restlessness had him chaffing against the combination's power limit."The blower was a little P-l ProCharger," he recalled. "Spun it for all it was worth—about

570 hp—but we couldn't get any more out of it." Looking to step up, Matt tore down the hard-working 5.0 to discover the block was cracked. So he dropped in a turbo'd small-block "but it had issues and ate itself." Not a little disgusted, Matt went looking for something with more durability

What he found was a whole lot of motor, and not too far away. Matt operates out of Colorado Springs, which is just about literally in the shadow of Pikes Peak. And if you're anywhere near Pikes Peak and Fords, Leonard Vasholtz is sure to be nearby.

If the wheels on Matt's car look a little different, that's because they are 1-inch-wider aftermarket, Cobra-like pieces that were machined 4 mm to space correctly on the 8.8-inch rear axle. The tires are NT01 Nittos measuring 255/40-R17 in front and 315/35R-17 out back.

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