Herrod Performance is known for building some pretty wild Ford Mustang models for folks in Australia, like the Dick Johnson Limited Edition Mustang it rolled out earlier this year. Now, the tuner has created another sinister pony car, this time for Supercars defending champ and champion-elect, Scott McLaughlin, dubbed the SM17 Mustang.
Alright, the official name of this beast is the Scott McLaughlin Limited Edition SM17 by Herrod Performance, but that’s a bit of a mouthful. Regardless, the pro racer had a hand in spec’ing the car to his personal taste, so it makes perfect sense. That includes the exterior, which has been treated to a new rear wing, lower front grille, a larger front splitter, black exhaust tips, and matte black stripes.
The SM17 Mustang rolls on special 20 inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires measuring in at 275/35 up front and 305/30 in the rear. The suspension is Ford’s stock MagneRide setup, but features special tuning by Herrod Performance, adjustable sway bars, and recalibrated damper control modules.
The biggest upgrade this limited edition Mustang has received, however, lies under the hood. There, its Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 has been topped off with a Gen 5, 3.0L Whipple supercharger. Running on 98 octane fuel, the boosted Coyote pumps out 674 kW (903 horsepower) and 810Nm (597 pound-feet) of torque.
Herrod apparently had a hand in redesigning the supercharger as well, adding a new 3×4 rotor combination for higher rpms and a flatter torque curve. A massive intercooler and high-flow fuel pump keep the 5.0 fed and cool, while either an MT-82 six-speed manual or Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission are available.
Inside, the SM17 has upgraded leather with embroidered seats, plenty of badging, and a Herrod flat-bottom steering wheel.
— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin93) October 9, 2020
The Scott McLaughlin Limited Edition SM17 by Herrod Performance will go into production in early 2021, and will be available at select Ford dealerships in Australia. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s expected to top the $100,000 mark.