Dealer Turns Up the Boost With 1,000-HP RTR Mustang
Custom build features a pair of 62-millimeter turbos, an E85 fuel system, and RTR cosmetic and suspension upgrades.
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ve probably read about a dealership in Ohio called Lebanon Ford. It’s the one that offers 800-horsepower Mustangs for less than $40,000. As if that weren’t crazy enough, they’ve found a way to top that with their latest build for a special customer: a 1,000-horsepower RTR Mustang coupe.
As Lebanon Ford Performance’s Josh Hipp explains, the dealership originally came up with several possible approaches to modifying this car. The Mustang left Ford’s factory as a GT model with the 300A package and 6-speed manual. LFP thought of bolting in a supercharger, but changed its mind. Then it considered keeping the engine naturally aspirated. It decided against that and the idea of “an RTR-only aesthetics and suspension build.” Ultimately, LFP chose to use RTR cosmetic and suspension components, and hook the 5.0 up to twin turbos.
“So we have an RTR Spec 2 aesthetics package. It’s going to come with the 20-inch staggered wheels, the RTR Tactical suspension. That includes shocks, struts, sway bars, and a lowering kit, ” Hipp explains. LFP also applied RTR graphics, ground effects, and badges. To add color to the largely black car, LFP went with red brake calipers and red seats.
The engine upgrades went through several phases. According to Hipp, “We threw twin 62-millimeter turbos at it from the Hellion Sleeper kit and we started on 93 [octane] and made a cool 700 wheel horsepower at 10 PSI.” As impressive as that figure was, it wasn’t enough. LFP upped the output by beefing up the fuel system and running E85. That seemed to do the trick. Hipp says, “This car, with the RTR exhaust and only a Ford Racing X-pipe made 865 wheel horsepower. And that was only on 12 and a half PSI.” That translates to 1,000+ horsepower at the crank.
The best part? The Hellion Sleeper layout mounts the turbos under the engine, so someone just casually glancing under the hood wouldn’t be able to tell this particular Mustang is ready to absolutely annihilate unsuspecting Camaros and Challengers. No word on how much its owner spent on it, but given how affordable LFP horsepower seems to be, we suspect he got a bargain on this beast.