California’s Team MMR (Modular Motorsports Racing) made history this week with their incredible in-house Pro Street Ford Mustang, scorching the Auto Club Famoso Raceway quarter-mile in Bakersfield to the quickest and fastest modular-powered pass in drag racing history with a stunning 6.041 at 246.89 mph. The incredible lap eclipsed the existing elapsed time record set by John Mihovetz at 6.055-seconds earlier this season, and also topped their own speed record of 242.06 mph, which they set back in July at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing at the Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
Team MMR, led by car owner Mark Luton and with accomplished racer Greg Seth-Hunter at the wheel, has been hot on the heels of Mihovetz over the last couple of seasons, trading blows with the fellow Californian for the outright Ford Modular performance standards. Seth-Hunter had run as quick as 6.08 in the car previously and came up just a few ticks short of that in Chicago in less-than-ideal conditions, running a stout 6.094 on the 242 mph blast, proving the turbocharged red rocket had something for Mihovetz later in the year.
Seth-Hunter’s machine, surprising as it may be to many, is powered by a modified 2013 GT500 Mustang 5.4L production-based Modular engine, utilizing a factory alloy block with proprietary aftermarket MMR bore sleeves, heavily ported production GT500 DOHC cylinder heads, along with custom MMR camshafts and valvetrain components, all paired with a set of 88mm Garrett GTX4718R turbochargers and transferred through an automatic transmission. The large (relative to the smaller 4.6 Modulars) engine has a 4.165-inch stroke, but is still spun to over 9,600 RPM, providing the power to push the 2,500-pound car into a performance territory typically reserved for much larger, more powerful, and certainly more expensive combinations.
For those keeping score at home, Seth-Hunter tripped the sixty-foot clock in 1.024-seconds and was 4.040 at 193.02 mph to half track on the record-breaking run.
With a couple of major events left on the calendar for the West coast crowd, the five-second barrier for the Modular crowd could very well find itself in danger with Mihovetz and Seth-Hunter on the prowl. Stay tuned, because it could get interesting!