I Almost Blew Up Chip Foose's 810HP Mustang

In my gearhead development, one muscle car builder stood apart from the rest. Between his shows on Discovery and then on Velocity, this man created some of the coolest muscle cars around. I’m talking about Chip Foose. The man is a legend in the muscle car/hot-rod community. His works are revered by his peers, and lusted at by the general public. His Hemisfear hot-rod still remains one of my favorite muscle cars of all time. Last week, for the unveiling of his newest joint creation with Modern Muscle Design (MMD), I got the chance to not only talk with the legendary builder, but drive one of his cars. RELATED: See More of the 810-Horsepower MMD Mustang by Foose
I Almost Blew Up Chip Foose's 810HP Mustang
Before I get into the details surrounding the unfortunate mechanical issue that you’ve undoubtedly come for— let’s talk specs. The MMD Foose Mustang is powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with a Bama Performance 2.9-liter Whipple Supercharger. All those engine details are good for 810 horsepower to the crank, and around 650 horsepower to the wheels. To say it’s fast would be an understatement. And thanks to a set of custom MagnaFlow Exhausts, it’s louder than a hydrogen bomb detonating over Area 51. Since you now know what I was driving, let’s get to the topic at hand. Yes, I almost blew up Chip Foose’s new car. But to fully understand what happened, let’s start at the beginning. I arrived at Chip’s design studio in Huntington Beach, California, around 9 AM after surviving the 3-hour hell that is LA traffic. That meant I had 3 hours to build my anticipation — and to weigh all the possible scenarios where I stuff Chip Foose’s car into a rail or something else (it never occurred to me how close I’d actually get to this). By the time I got there, I was pretty hesitant to drive the car hard. After all, this is the same car that's going to be given away for charity later in the year. RELATED: Read Our Full Review of the CR Supercars Villain Mustang
I Almost Blew Up Chip Foose's 810HP Mustang
But after working up the courage to merely drive the car normally, setting up a few cameras, and stopping at a gas station to fill the beast, I decided I’d be fine. Especially since one of the people from MMD was sitting shotgun with me. Oh how wrong I was... The first part of the drive was fine; I took the car to the Pacific Coast Highway and just ran it up and down near the beach. It was the perfect setting to play with an 810 horsepower Mustang. I even pulled up next to a regular 2015 Mustang GT, where he promptly shrunk into his car as I revved the hell out of the supercharged V8. This car is just ludicrously fast. You lay into the throttle and all hell breaks loose from the rear end before you’re launched into the stratosphere. But even at low speeds, it was unbelievably complacent. It felt and drove just like the normal GT from the factory. Foose definitely got it right with this car. Plus burnouts: RELATED: Chip Foose is Giving Away This Insane Mustang For Free
Then...things took a turn for the worse. As I glanced down at the speedometer, I started to see the engine temperature rising. Not uncommon in supercharged cars. I actually asked Chip and his crew earlier if they had any heat soak issues, and they told me that it gets a bit warm, but won’t overheat even when absolutely beating on it. With those words ringing in my head, I figured we were fine and just made a note to check on it periodically. Five minutes later, I get a check engine warning light. At this point, both the rep and I from MMD tried to get the car to cool down. We threw it out of Sport, turned on the heat, and started just to cruise back towards the shop. We didn’t make it 15 feet before the engine started to make an odd clunking sound. I pulled into one of the beach parking lots, turned the car off and just waited a bit to see if the engine would cool down. RELATED: See Photos of the Standard 2015 Ford Mustang
I Almost Blew Up Chip Foose's 810HP Mustang
After a few minutes, we turned the car back on and proceeded to pull out of the beach only to have a horrible knocking sound emanate from the engine, and a warning light that said the head temperature was almost to 400 degrees. At this point, I looked over to the rep and said, “I’m pulling back in, I’m not going to blow this car up.” He agreed and called the shop. We pulled back into the lot, and popped the hood. Nothing was immediately apparent as to why this happened. There’s coolant everywhere from the valve almost blowing, but nothing seemed to be broken. The rep stepped away to make the call, and I continued to poke my head around the car’s engine. That’s when I see it. The belt that drives the supercharger, water pump, powering steering, and just about everything else has decided to runaway into the bottom of the engine compartment. I call over the rep and say, “well here’s your problem!” while holding up the now dislodged belt. RELATED: Why the V6 Mustang Should Die, But Won’t
I Almost Blew Up Chip Foose's 810HP Mustang
Thankfully, the car didn’t blow up, and after being towed back to the shop, was back and running in about ten minutes. We’re still not sure why the belt decided to just fly off during the drive, but supposedly during an earlier test of the car from another automotive media outlet, the driver spun the car around on accident on the street. This definitely could have caused the dislodging of the belt. Suffice it to say, this was a freak occurrence, and the car is an absolute hoot to drive. Between the stunning good looks, and the brilliant performance, this Foose Mustang by MMD is one of the best Mustangs I’ve ever driven. Even with a loose belt.
I Almost Blew Up Chip Foose's 810HP Mustang
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