Hot Rod Unlimited Puts 2013 Ford Mustang SEMA Car Through Its Paces

Sometimes when we’re presented with show cars or one-offs, we’re given the caveat to treat them with kid gloves. But Mickey Thompson gave no such special care instructions to Hot Rod when it gave them the keys to its 2013 Ford Mustang GT show car. And Hot Rod’s Jesse Kiser happily obliged by taking the car to the 2013 Run to the Coast event in Irvine, California, just following one of the weekly Cars and Coffee events.

Even with an Edelbrock E-Force supercharger shoving boost into the Mustang’s already high 11:1 compression, the car performed reliably, and exhibited no signs of stress or compromised reliability. But just as important as the massively powerful engine under the hood, which delivered a stout 575 hp to the wheels on a chassis dyno, was Mickey Thompson’s Street Comp package, which consists of specially-selected wheels and tires, and a lowering kit. But this package was built for more than just looking good, and Hot Rod wanted to put the dashing debutante to the test to see if she could boogie on the track.

Mickey Thompson’s Mustang gripped and handled like a charm, placing in the top third of event participants with Hot Rod’s Jesse Kiser behind the wheel. Watch Jesse as he drives the Mustang through the speed-stop challenge, autocross and road race. Stay tuned to the Motor Trend Channel for hot enthusiast content, served up regularly.

By Edward A. Sanchez

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