Funnily enough, even though the Ford Mustang model range only just acquired an independent-rear-suspension design for the 2015 model year, the IRS-equipped SVT Cobra model produced between 1999 to 2004 already qualifies for vintage racing with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association.
In the latest episode of The Smoking Tire‘s “One Take,” host Matt Farah turns a few laps of Auto Club Speedway in a race-spec example of that first factory IRS Mustang – a 2002 example, which was converted from new for Grand Am racing by Steeda. Only three such customer race cars were made, he says, and this example is extra special by virtue of being the only one to clinch a GS-Class Championship.
It also only cost its new owner a whopping $15,000 to buy. He stumbled upon the SVT Mustang on Craigslist while looking for a good Spec Miata to get into.
This SVT Cobra Mustang race car, formerly powered by a supercharged, 4.6-liter Modular V8, ditched its original powerplant for a 5.0-liter “Stroker” V8 running on an old MoTec engine management system. It makes 450 horsepower as-is, qualifying it as one heck of a lot of car for the money.
We’ll let you know if we spot either of the other two Steeda-built SVT Cobra race cars go up for sale.
(Source: Road & Track)