Ken CoonsAs an aviation machinist's mate working on F-14 fighter planes, Ken Coons is rather familiar with high-horsepower hardware. The Mustang GT that he brought to our shootout was built by his brother, who sold it to Ken upon his return from deployment in the Middle East.
The 1996-98 4.6-liter engines have been purported to be the weakest of the modular family, but this Mustang receives intercooled air from an ATI ProCharger making 12 pounds of boost. This along with a stout suspension has given the horse the power to stand tall and defend the Blue Oval, if Ken wasn't already doing enough.
Ken's track day was unfortunately cut short due to some bad spark plugs, but he reported that a recent outing to Atco Raceway netted a 12.52 e.t. at 107 mph, with a 1.72 short time. The weakest 4.6? Not any more.