6. Terry Molin | 2003 SVT Cobra
Terry Molin's Cobra combines subtle, yet devilish good looks with a plethora of high-end go-fast goodies. His Terminator practically demanded we give it a shoot.
Terry's mod mill is composed of aluminum Teksid block filled with forged components. Thanks to a 82mm Borg Warner Turbo, a Pro-flow direct-port nitrous system, and race gas, his Cobra pumps out an astonishing 1,060 rwhp. Additionally, it has a solid 8.8, a full custom stereo system and custom interior mods that he did himself, so even while reaching into the four-digit marks, Terry Snake isn't about track numbers—it's a street cruiser ready for any unsuspecting hooligan that happens to cross his path.
7. Brian Mitchel | 2003 Renegade Cobra
There's always room in the Top 10 for championship Mustang drivers, and after competing in NMRA's Renegade class since 1999, Brian Mitchell has locked up his sixth NMRA Renegade championship. His '03 Mustang Cobra is one of the most feared in the class—he is an iron man as well, having only missed two races ever.
Aside from winning, Brian's Terminator is recognized for its unique wizard and electric paint scheme. Underhood, a small-block 306ci engine resides, fed by a Vortech Ysi supercharger and attached to a C-4 transmission. While attending the 13th annual NMRA Ford Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, he laid down an astonishing 8.26 at 169 mph pass, and has gone a best of 8.14 at 177 mph during testing. Brian's dedication to the Renegade class and need for speed exemplified to us that his ride was destined to be in the Top 10.
8. Ford Racing | 2014 Cobra Jet
Ford Racing's Cobra Jet program has been a smashing success, as CJs have dominated their respective classes in NHRA competition. Revised in 2008 after a 40-year absence, the new Cobra Jet Mustangs are race-ready from the factory and loads of fun to drive.
The latest model (for 2014) is powered by a Coyote 5.0L engine equipped with Boss 302 heads and cams, a FRPP 2.9L supercharger, and a three-speed transmission. This bone-crushing Snake runs solidly in the 8s. Our own Evan Smith helped with the development driving of the Cobra Jet. During one test, Smith performed a wheel-stand lasting about 300 feet—we produced a video of it that hit the Internet and went wild.
Not only is the CJ a race-ready Stang that's compliant with NHRA's Stock and Super Stock classes straight from the factory, but it is the quickest accelerating production vehicle in the world.
9. Rob Matuszko | 1989 Fox-body
The devil is in the details, and for Rob Matuszko's '89 Fox-body coupe, the details are never ending. After discovering Rob's coupe at the 19th Annual Ford and Mustang Roundup at Silver Springs in Ocala, Florida, last January, our staff had to have it in the mag.
Rob went crazy with the custom touches. He shaved the center A/C vents, smoothed the engine bay, and polished everything. The door panels and headliner are tastefully modded, and even the underside is spotless. And by the way, it's also fast. Rob's ride sports a 347ci engine, paired up with a Vortech Ysi blower running 26 pounds of boost. On its old tune, his Stang ripped to a 9.69 at 146 mph.
10. All-Female-Built | 2013 Mustang GT/CS
Over 40 women had a hand in building this one-off '13 Mustang GT/CS—aka Project High Gear. This unique Steed was built mostly in our Source Interlink Media Snap-on Tech Center in El Segundo, California. It sports an Edelbrock supercharger, custom black paint with Rose Gold accents, and a custom interior.
Once finished, Project High Gear was auctioned off on eBay to raise money for the SEMA Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to helping the next generation of automotive innovators. The build was a huge success, both in raising money and awareness in the industry, as well as the end result.