Twin Turbo 5.0 Just another WordPress site Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:56:10 +0000 en hourly 1 Production System Development Continues… Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:49:37 +0000 kenbjonnes imag0041 While the development car is getting all the upgrades and new engine, I wanted to switch gears for a moment and show off some of what is going into the development of the production kit.   We are not only trying to bring the best kit to market, but we are also trying to do it at the best price possible. The Y pipe that connects the two turbos and also has the BOV mounted to it, works flawlessly. But as you can see in the picture, there is a lot of welding involved. This is the prototype and it probably could be simplified to be a little easier to fabricate. Even then it would be a time consuming piece to make and the bigger chance you have for mistakes, cracks, or pipes that don’t all come out the same. So we decided to take a different route and get this piece cast. It is a sizeable investment up front, but it will keep the cost of the kit down and every pipe will be exactly the same.

For this project we are working with Garen Phillips of DiamondP.  They have been great to work with and are handling everything from the final design, prototyping and final castings.

Garen was able to get the pipe drawn up based off some pictures and measurements we took. We shipped him the pipe for a final check before he printed out the prototype on his 3D printer.

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And here are some renderings:

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The part was then printed on a 3D printer in 2 sections. This is used to check for fitment and decide on any final changes. After the prototype is approved, we can move on to making the molds. Here are some pictures of the printing process.


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The pipe arrived today. The car being reassembled with the new engine and fuel system, so we will be testing fitting it later. But comparing it to the stock pipe, it looks perfect.

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I should have another update very soon on the engine install and fuel system modifications we are doing.

If you are interested in the production kit, please go to our Contact Us Page and sign up for our email mailing list. We are also using this as a waiting list when the kit becomes available.


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L&M Engines Update – Custom Coyote Camshafts Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:26:16 +0000 kenbjonnes OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have some very interesting stuff to share with you guys this time. As you know, Michael from L&M Engines is handling the build for the Twin Turbo 5.0 project. I’m sure many of you know about L&M as a great builder, but many might not know the background of the owner, Michael Rauscher. Michael is one of very few people left in the country that actually designs camshafts.

I don’t mean, coming up with specs (lift, duration etc). I’m talking about TRULY designing  lobe profiles that are his own. Michael has been doing this stuff longer than most and has such an extensive history that I don’t want to even try and explain it from memory, but take my word for it, he’s at the top of the class.

When we decided to build a 5.0 with custom cams for the twin turbos, we were more than excited because of all the possibilities. Our excitement was quickly reeled in when we found out there are NO left intake cam cores in the country and it would be awhile before they were available.

Michael took it upon himself to come up with a solution to ensure the TT car can make NMRA Bradenton with the exact setup he envisioned.

Working in conjunction with Comp Cams, Michael had the left intake cam profile  ground on an exhaust core. From there, it was up to Michael to make the changes to get it to work. Not only did the snout of the camshaft have to be modified, but probably an even bigger problem was the reluctor on the back of the camshaft. Factory cams have a press on reluctor but Comp machines these into the core as one solid piece. So Michael machined their reluctor off, and after a tremendous amount of work was able to get the stock reluctor onto this camshaft with near perfect accuracy. He had to have some fixtures made to pull this off and did this all on his own to make sure we were taken care of. Now that is some amazing service.

Here is what Michael would like to say:

I would like to thank the folks at Comp Sales and Engineering for listening
to me and grinding my design files, particularly the odd request to grind my
intake profile on an exhaust cam.
With their acceptance of my idea, L&M will be able to get this engine down
to Florida, installed and at the Bradenton race March 1.

While he was at it, he also designed his own VCT limiters so we can retain as much movement as possible. We will still have 40 degrees movement in the exhaust and 35 on the intake.


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Air to Water Intercooler and Cold Side Finalized Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:15:26 +0000 kenbjonnes  


Today the intercooler was finalized. We decided to move the mass air meter down to the outlet of the intercooler in a 3.5″ pipe. This will allow the stock meter to support quite a bit of horsepower. It also allowed us to redesign the pipe to the throttle body to clean up the look of the engine bay. I didn’t think it could get much better under the hood, but this new setup really finishes it off nicely.


Here are a few more pictures of the new tubing to the throttle body:






Since we are still working on the engine for this car, we are removing the intercooler and installing it on Joe “Coffeeman” DeCaria’s Procharged 5.0. We intend to sell this intercooler setup as a full conversion for Procharger and Vortech systems. Joe’s car has already gone 9.82@139 with a D1 Procharger. His car will be a great back to back test for the intercooler setup. We will be running his car this Sunday, January 29th at Palm Beach International Raceway.

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Phase II – Built Engine and More Mon, 16 Jan 2012 06:48:56 +0000 kenbjonnes We have begun on the next phase of the project which includes many upgrades. The biggest one being a complete longblock with custom camshafts retaining full VCT adjustments courtesy of L&M Engines featuring Boss 302 CNC heads and billet rods. This incredible engine should really allow us to show the capabilities of this turbo system. It already shines on a completely stock car, but with the stronger parts and the custom cams combined with the Boss intake, phase II should take this system to supercar territory and beyond.

Also being done at the same time will be a Circle D Torque Converter, full fuel system capable of running E85 and a few suspension upgrades. The goal for the car continues to be the ultimate street car/ Mustang Supercar. So no drag specific parts will be used.  The car will debut at the NMRA Bradenton race on March 1-4th 2012.  Then it will be on to Texas for the Texas Mile to try and be the first 2011+ 5.0 Mustang over 200 MPH in the standing mile.

Stay tuned to for frequent updates on the project. In approximate 3 months we will begin work on our next development car. It will most likely be a Boss 302  which will allow testing on a manual car and also on the road course. Once that testing is done, we will start our beta program where we will do another 4-6 cars for final testing and installation testing. The goal is for this system to be available in good quantities by the end of 2012.

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10.23@139 – New Record!!! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 06:20:04 +0000 kenbjonnes With the new found power from the recent dyno session, we decided to take the car back to the track for some more testing before moving onto the next phase of the project. On only 10 psi, we managed to run a 10.23@139 on a stock converter, stock transmission 4,000 lb car. We were very pleased with the results.  At the track, we hurt the oil pump on the stock engine, so we are going to do a full build in preparation for NMRA Bradenton and the Texas Mile, both in March of 2012


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Back on the Dyno – 791 RWHP Mon, 16 Jan 2012 06:15:21 +0000 kenbjonnes We decided to put the car back on the dyno to do some testing a higher boost and also experiment with the exhaust. We knew the stock catback would be a big restriction but we wanted to test it to see. So we put the car on the dyno with the stock catback on, then did a pull with it off. On 13 psi, it made a difference of over 150 horsepower at the wheels! The Twin Turbo 5.0 produced 791 RWHP and 675 RTWQ










At 10 psi, with no catback the car made 715 RWHP and 634 RWTQ. As an option for the system, we will offer electric cutout as part of the rear of the downpipes.











Here is a video of the dyno pull for the 2011 Mustang GT Twin Turbo 5.0


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More Track Testing – WORLD RECORD!!!! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:59:41 +0000 kenbjonnes We took the car back to the track for some more testing.  This time we decided to turn the boost up to 10 psi and use MS109 VP Racing Fuel for safety. We are still on the stock converter and stock catback exhaust on these runs. Best pass of the night was 10.41@135 with only a 1.71 60′ which makes it the World’s Quickest 2011+ Mustang GT Turbo car. Obviously this car has a lot more in it, but we were proud to get that record so early on in the project.


Here is the video of the passes:


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Track Testing on Good Tires Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:48:38 +0000 kenbjonnes We took the car to the track for the first time on a set of 275/60/15 Mickey Thompson Drag Radials. After some practice launching the car with the stock converter we were able to squeeze a  1.75 60′ out of the car with the result being 10.72@131   The car will pick up quite a bit with a good torque converter, but we wanted to see what performance we can get out of it on the stock one. Here is a video of those passes along with a couple of in car videos also.



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Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.




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Initial Dyno and Track Testing Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:38:24 +0000 kenbjonnes  

Initial dyno testing was done with better than expected results. With very basic tuning, full exhaust (off road x pipe, stock catback) and stock cam timing the car put out  605 rwhp on 8 psi and 565 on 6 psi. We expect even better numbers on this boost level with better exhaust and more tuning. More stock engine development and tuning will continue on the next car built.

We took the car to the track on regular street radials so we could drive it there and home. The idea was to have a safe place for us to take it up to high speed to ensure everything is ok with the car. The testing went well. With just driving away slowly from the line and flooring it far down track, it had a pretty impressive trap speed of 125 mph.


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Twin Turbo 5.0 Final Touches and Startup Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:27:50 +0000 kenbjonnes Since we will be pushing this project car to the limited, we decided to go with a trunk mounted tank. We already had this tank from a previous project so we recycled it. But we will be designing our own tank shortly.








Here are some pictures of the engine bay after everything has been completed along with a startup video



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