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Sal Molinare's 06 GT is FRN's March Car of the Month!

March 04, 2015 by Bridgett Davis
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Weighing in at 4000 pounds on a stock style suspension throwing down a 10.22 @ 134mph on the quarter mile Sal Molinare of Pleasanton, California is Ford Racing Nation’s latest pick for car of the month. Producing an estimated 669 horsepower to the rear wheel with around 621 pounds per foot of torque hitting the pavement Molinare’s 2006 GT premium is nothing less than impressive on many levels.
What’s not to love? Exactly the answer Molinare’s gave us and we could not agree more. Tracked on the weekends and making appearances at car shows from California to the Hawaiian Islands with a background in design, building, and racing stock cars on the pro circuit for more than a decade Molinare’s knew when beginning this build he could either afford a killer motor or a girlfriend....so choosing the sure thing Molinare’s of course picked the option that guaranteed gettin blown affectionately naming her Sweetheart.

                    • APEX Race Parts EC-7 Mustang-Specific Race Wheels. Front: Race Silver EC-7 18x9.0” ET30
          • APEX Race Parts EC-7 Mustang-Specific Race Wheels. Rear: Race Silver EC-7 18x10” ET43 
Receiving life from a JDM 302E 3V Forged Stroker short block with Stage 3 CNC Heads w/oversized valves and comp springs as well as JDM locked and dialed in custom ground Cams,Molinare continuing to add additional power also dropped on a polished Kenne Bell 2.6L Super Charger @20psi w/8 rib belt kit with Billet pulleys and thumper tensioner along with a countless number of other go fast goodies that included the install of a FRPP Dual 62mm Throttle Body, a GT 500 O-ringed oil pump w/billet gears, and the 3" off-road X pipe set up with the full 3"Magnaflow exhaust and complete division X return style e85 fuel system with dual Walbro 460 GPH Fuel pumps and ID1000 Injectors just to name a few.


Enhancements to the drive train included improved support via a 
TCI Street fighter 5r55s transmission, a TCI Street fighter ratchet shifter, Precision Industries "Stallion" converterB&M Transmission cooler with custom made aluminum ducting and Ford Racing 4:10 gears with Tru-Track Differential and Ford Racing rear end girdle improving performance on both the straight line and oval course.

 

 
Suspension work included the placement of a BMR tubular K MemberBMR tubular control arms as well as BMR tubular A-arm brace and a tubular Chassis Brace along with the incorporation of relocation brackets and adjustable pan hard bar and FFRP Sway bars keeping the weight of the vehicle more evenly distributed to all four tires helping to keep the tires planted to the pavement, especially in cornering.

Braking improvements came via a Baer 6 piston 14" big brake kit with two piece double drilled and slotted rotors, a 14" Baer rear tow piece double drilled and slotted Rotors w/GT500 calipers as well as steel braided brake lines on the front and rear.

Interior treatment included a six point Maximum Motorsports Roll BarAmerican Muscle rear seat delete kitCorabeau 3" Racing Harnesses (both sides) along with Speed of Sound pillar and dash mounted gauge pods w/6 Autometer gauges and NAV.

"Finishing off the exterior for an improved stance the body was custom painted with the inclusion of stripes laid down by California Collision in Pleasanton, California, finishing with the addition of a GT 500 rear spoiler, a CDC chin spoiler, Roush hood scoop, and a California Special rear bumper cover. The car was recently at APEX Race Parts for a test fitment and photoshoot on their new 18” EC-7, Mustang-specific track wheels as seen in the photos throughout this article. The setup tested are their Race Silver EC-7 wheels in 18x9.0” ET30 and 18x10” ET43 sizes. Sal’s typical track setup consists of 18 x 8 1/2" Front and 18" rears widened to 11" wrapped in 265/35/18 front and 335/30/18 rear Toyo 888's. Tuned by Borelli Motorsports in San Jose', California this our latest pick for ride of the month we invite you to become a member of the Ford Racing Nation family for your chance to win. Set up your profile and enter to win."

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