2006 Mustang GT
Wicked Performance Cooks Up a Hot Ride on the Jersey Coast
Scott Lachenauer - November 17, 2011 10:00 AM
Brian Hand has always been a “handy” guy … and you knew that pun was coming. At an early age, he had a deep interest in how and why things worked.
When he was seven, his grand-father gave him a decommissioned parking meter, a 20-pound metal toy to tinker with. Brian proceeded to disembowel the unit just to see how that thing ticked. Once discovering the meter’s mechanism, he put it all back together … and made it work.
Brian befriended a local boy whose father was a tugboat captain and a weekend racer at Wall Stadium, a popular short track on the Jersey Shore. Brian helped rebuild a 1970 Torino Super Cobra Jet with all the go-fast goodies, and honed his skills on anything he could find.
His first car was a ’68 Cougar, bought for the princely sum of $300.
His love of mechanics and horsepower would help push him in the direction of the professional auto industry. He decided to go out on his own at the age of 21.
In 1996, Brian decided that he wanted to market the performance aspect of the business separately for his horsepower clients, so he branched out and opened Wicked Performance.
In the beginning of 2006, while on the phone with his rep over at Paxton, Brian was informed of the release of the new Novi 2200 HO blower with the add-on intercooler for the ’05-’06 three-valve Mustang GT. As fate would have it, Brian received a call from a local Ford dealer, telling him they had just recently requisitioned four Mustang GT five-speed cars that were untouched Roush leftovers, and wanted to know if he wanted a pick of the litter.
He hauled his two young sons to the dealership to have them pick out the color coating of his new ride, which would be the future promotional flagship car of Brian’s Wicked Performance. The kids quickly decided on Chrome Yellow. The car was delivered to the dealership the first week of June, and they even drove it down to Brian’s shop. A lot of the parts he wanted to install on the car were already there, waiting to be hooked up on the brand new stock GT.
The NOVI 2200 HO supercharger with air-to-air intercooler was conservatively rated to add 170 horsepower to the 4.6 liter powerplant with the included tune. Brian became the first installer on the East Coast to plant one of these air induction systems in a Mustang.
After the install, Brian decided to discard the Diablosport Predator software that came with the kit and chose an SCT unit. After a few other mods and tweaking to a more aggressive tune, the car was now pushing approximately 575 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 515 lbs-ft of tire-skinning torque. That comes out to about 489 rwhp, which is pretty sweet in anybody’s book.
He installed a Ford Motorsports strut tower brace to keep the front end from twisting under full power. To get the power to the ground, Brian treated the five-speed gearbox to a new Steeda Triax billet shifter and custom billet knob.
To feed fuel to this hungry horse, the piggyback fuel pumps that came with the kit were dropping pressure at top end. Brian opted to toss them and installed a Supercar fuel pump to correct the problem and keep a constant flow of 93 octane running through the lines.
To help the Mustang pass its spent gasses better, a Pypes stainless steel mid-muffler cat-back was added to the mix. While he was at it, Brian added a Ford Motorsports crosspipe as well.
Since this was a “Wicked” ride, the outside needed a little attention. Brian has had a relationship with the exterior artists over at Cervini Auto Designs. It was only natural to add a full body kit from another Jersey-based business. The body add-ons give the car a lowered, ominous appearance, with the panels surrounding the MB Motorsports 18 x 8 EXE-II wheels wrapped in 255/45ZR18 Falken Azenis. A Cervini hood covers the supercharged engine, and brings an aggressive scoop along with it.
Brian added a full tint to the glass for summertime cruising, and a set of blacked out taillights and center panel to keep the black/yellow theme rolling. A billet fuel door was added for impressing the gas station attendants. For tunes, the Mustang sports a Shaker 500 sound system with a five-disc unit. Brian also bought the complete Shelby stripe kit as well, which still resides in the trunk … just in case one day he gets the urge to stripe this blazing yellow horse.
For now, Brian has no plans for the chrome yellow pavement pounder except to just enjoy it where it feels most at home … the road. Its aggressive stance, power plumbing and acute good looks are appealing to both the general public and the seasoned hot rodder alike … and Brian likes it that way.