Except for the turbos visible through the grille and the exhaust horns poking through the fenders, this doesn’t look like a 9-second car. Except for the turbos visible through the grille and the exhaust horns poking through the There are a few shops in Southern California whose calls we answer on the first ring, and if they tell us they've got a car for us to see, we drop everything and drive over. One of those shops is Racers Edge Tuning in Downey, just south of Los Angeles. Owner Greg Monroe sent a brief text that went something like this: "twin turbo 3v mustang u should see." The trip to Downey wasn't a waste of time. Greg and his crew were putting the finishing touches on Ed Melgar's Mustang. Ed operates Ed's Speed Shop out of RET's front office, and this is his shop car. He bought it two years ago with the goal of building a serious, twin-turbo race car. Since these pictures were taken, Ed has made several eighth-mile passes at Irwindale, and his best e.t. so far is a 5.8 at 125 mph, the equivalent of low 9s or possibly high 8s at a quarter-mile track. We think it’s cool that, even with all the race-car stuff, the interior still looks kinda stock. The radio is still in the stock dash, the power windows still work, and the cool ratcheting shifter pokes through the stock console. They even fitted an Auto Meter tachometer and speedo in the stock gauge bezels. Greg built the rollcage and installed the window nets and seat harnesses. He also built the intercooler tank that uses a pool pump to circulate water through the intercoolers. That’s the regulator for a CO2-assisted boost-controller system mounted on the passenger side of the rollbar. It’s run by NLR Control Products’ AMS-1000 Boost Controller module mounted on the passenger side of the dash. We think it’s cool that, even with all the race-car stuff, the interior still looks kinda This is a stock ’05 block with a stock-sized bore and stroke (3.55x3.54-inch, respectively). Inside, you’ll find a Kellogg crankshaft, Manley rods, and JE pistons. The cylinder heads are custom CNC-ported and contain Manley valves with titanium retainers. The compression ratio is 8.5:1, and Ed spec’d a custom grind for the cams. A pair of 71mm Precision turbochargers are mounted behind the grille, and the plumbing was all done in-house by RET owner Greg Monroe. They feed a JPC intake manifold modified to accept a cable-actuated ’03 Cobra throttle-body. The charge is cooled by two air-to-water intercoolers, which are mounted behind the bumper cover, and boost is controlled by a pair of Precision wastegates and RPS pressure-relief valves. The engine runs on a BigStuff3 ECM tuned by Greg. A set of Moran Racing Engines 235-lb/hr fuel injectors feed E85 from a 5-gallon cell in the trunk. A 3-bar GM MAP sensor tells the ECM how much boost (or vacuum) the engine is experiencing at any given moment, and GM LS1 coils This is a stock ’05 block with a stock-sized bore and stroke (3.55x3.54-inch, respectively A Meziere water pump frees up some horsepower, and you may notice the lack of any other engine-driven accessories. Ed left the alternator on the bench and powers the car with a pair of 16-volt batteries located in the trunk. A Meziere water pump frees up some horsepower, and you may notice the lack of any other en Back in the trunk are the two 16-volt batteries, the fuel cell (center) and a reservoir for the transmission cooler (plus a bottle of quick detailer). Ed has a removable parachute mount on the rear bumper, which he needs when he’s at a quarter-mile track. This thing will trap at more than 150 mph. End Back in the trunk are the two 16-volt batteries, the fuel cell (center) and a reservoir fo By John McGann Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!