Jim D'Amore brought the only IRS-suspended Cobra to our shootout and performed awesomely with a 10.31 at a scorching 136.17 mph. That's cooking when you consider he relies on 20 psi of boost from an Apten-ported Eaton supercharger, not a large Kenne Bell or Whipple setup, and that his car weighs nearly 4,000 pounds. Some of the performance can be attributed to a 75hp hit from the wet-nitrous system from Nitrous Express. The IRS suspension did not work quite as well on this high-horsepower application as it did on the 8.8-equipped cars, so hooking was difficult. D'Amore was off his usual 10-oh pace, but he still turned in some impressive numbers. The 1.66 60-foot times were more than a tenth off and kept the car in the 10.30s.
D'Amore considers his car to be a daily driver, with its electronically shifted trans-mission-not a C4-and air conditioning. He wanted to run in the nines, so he upped the nitrous to a 125hp hit. It proved to be ineffective as the air/fuel meter showed a severe lean condition and D'Amore backed off the throttle. He changed the tune-up at the track, but he said he really wanted to run the car on his chassis dyno before attempting another run with the larger nitrous hit. The lean condition was cured after the shootout thanks to one of JDM Engineering's fuel systems. D'Amore could not make a run for the nines as the winter season came and E-town was shut down until spring. You can be sure he'll run nines when the warm weather returns to the Northeast.
|Hometown:||Freehold, New Jersey|
|Year/Model:||'03 SVT Cobra|
|All-Time Best:||10.06 at 138.67 mph|
|Shootout Best:||10.31 at 136 mph|
|Built By:||Ford Motor Company|
|Tuning:||Superchips Custom Tuning chip by JDM Engineering|
|Power Adder:||Apten-ported Eaton blower and Nitrous Express wet-nitrous system|
|Intercooler:||Stock w/Fluidyne Heat Exchanger|
|Max Boost/Nitrous:||20 psi/75hp shot|
|Intake Manifold:||Stock with JDM Engineering throttle body|
|Cylinder Heads:||Stock |
|Camshafts:||JDM Engineering |
|Exhaust:||JDM Engineering L/T headers, Lightning cats, MagnaFlow after-cat|
|Transmission:||'04 Mach 1 4R70W|
|Clutch/Converter:||Precision Industries lock-up torque converter|
|Rear Type:||8.8-in w/3.73 gears|
|Wheels:||Bogart D-10 |
|Tires F/R:||M/T front runners (F), 28x10.5 M/T ET Street (R)|
|Suspension Front:|| Stock|
|Suspension Rear:|| QA1 shocks and factory IRS setup|
There was only one car in the Modified class that had a six-speed transmission, and it belonged to Chuck Riley of Delaware. The white Cobra was the least modified car and it still ran 126.65 mph, showing 10-second potential. Riley added a live axle, which is what put him in this class. He was also the only person to run with radial street tires, Nitto 555R Extreme drag radials. The sticky tires would spin violently if Riley left with a lot of rpm. These traction issues forced him to essentially walk the car out and then slam down on the throttle once the Cobra got rolling.
Negotiating his way into the 11.50s took some time, and Riley was happy with the results. Of course, he wanted to run quicker, but he was a last-minute addition to the shootout when a competitor cancelled. Johnny Lightning is to thank for helping fill the sixth and final spot in the shootout. We imagine this car is probably closer to a majority of the Cobras roaming the streets than the other cars in the Modified class. Just think how remarkable these Cobras are-a few bolt-on parts and tuning will give you enough power to push a 3,700-pound car into the 10s. Now that is simply amazing.