Frank H. Cicerale
September 1, 2008
Photos By: Michael Galimi

4th Place
Mike Bavaro
Colts Neck, NJ
By his own admission, Mike Bavaro is not a drag racer, as he makes his living running Body Motion, a shop that specializes in European and road-race cars. Mike decided to grab a GT500 and see what kind of sick horsepower he could make with a supercharged, American-made Mustang, albeit one with a road-race suspension.

Not having any experience in ripping down the quarter-mile, Mike enlisted the help of MM&FF's hot shoe, Revvin' Evan Smith. After taking a few easy laps at first, Evan finally opened her up, left hard, and got the Kenne Bell-equipped Shelby nearly into the 10-second zone with an 11-flat. After icing down the blower, Evan lined the GT500 up, dropped the hammer, ripped off a 1.55 short time, and rowed the gears to a stout 10.81 at 133 mph.

"I'm used to setting cars up for the road course, which means getting the front end hunkered down and kept down for front downforce," mike says. "one of the guys who was watching the car leave and travel down track saw that the front end stayed glued to the track, even upon launch. The weight wasn't shifting rearward. If i could have gotten the car to work chassis-wise, it probably would have run a tad bit better."

Shelby Specs
Owner:Mike Bavaro
Hometown: Colts Neck, NJ
Driver: Evan Smith
Year: ’08
Weight w/Driver: 4,000 lbs
Engine: Stock
Built/Tuned By: Mike Bavaro, Body Motion
Exhaust: Dr. Gas boom tubes w/Spintron mufflers and custom side-exit exhaust
Heads: Stock
Camshafts: Stock
Intake:Kenne Bell
Forced Induction: Kenne Bell Stage 2 supercharger
Throttle Body: Dual-blade 75mm
Boost Amount: 15 psi
Computer System: Stock w/Body Motion tune
Ignition: Stock
Shifter: {{{Ford}}} Racing Performance Parts
Transmission: Stock six-speed manual
Clutch: Stock
Rear Gears: 3.70
Best E.T./MPH to Date: 10.811/130.83
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