We preview an 840bhp supercharged Mustang that will feature in the upcoming issue of Fast Ford magazine on sale this May 13.
Words: Simon Holmes. Images: Ade Brannan.
There’s no replacement for displacement, as the old saying goes in the world of cars. Although some might be quick to point out that a highly-tuned four-cylinder can make most things on the planet look shameful at times, a big capacity V8 will always come out on top, especially when boost is added. Owner Andy Bicknell knows that’s a winning combination, as his Whipple supercharged Mustang is a Tarmac-slaying road car that looks, sounds and drives every bit an 840bhp muscle car should.
This isn’t Andy’s first Ford, but he admits he hasn’t owned one for quite some time. Back in the 1980s he could be found behind the wheel of many notable Fords, including a Mk1 Escort 1300E, Mk2 Escort 1600 Sport, three Mk2 Escort RS2000s, a Capri 2.8i Special, a Series 1 Escort RS Turbo and an Escort RS1600i. “I wish I had put the lot in a barn!” he tell us with a chuckle.
Since then, various other vehicles passed through his hands but Andy didn’t exactly get drawn back to the blue oval without a little persuasion and the idea of owning a newer Mustang certainly wasn’t the plan.
“Stock power isn’t that exciting on these,” Andy tells. “The big V8 is quite lazy so after watching footage on Youtube of supercharged cars in the US and seeing the performance they achieved, I decided I wanted to build the first pre-face lifted S550 Mustang to run the all-new, Gen 5 Whipple supercharger.”
So after lengthy conversations with Ben at Motorsport & Performance who was able to supply and fit the kit, Andy placed an order, waited the four months delivery time from America and has never looked back since.
It’s no wonder the Whipple supercharger kit caught his eye, as it not only looks great but it also offers huge gains for relatively simple, bolt-on kit. In fact, the twin-scroll, three-litre kit fitted to Andy’s car offers increases of around 360bhp and 220lb ft of torque, meaning the car now puts out 840bhp and 640lb ft. As you might imagine, the jump in performance did what Andy wanted it do, as he explains.
“I never even considered owning one,” he recalls. “It was my partner Kim that liked them, so we went along and had a look at one, as you do, and I absolutely loved it. The rest is history!”
To read the full feature on Andy’s 840bhp supercharged Mustang as well as a whole host of modified Blue Oval goodness, subscribe to Fast Ford magazine to receive your copy of the new issue out May 13, 2022, delivered straight to your door. Or, purchase a single copy once the magazine has been published.