The Hell Lion
Forget the Hellcat, Hellion Power Systems turns the latest 5.0 Mustang into the king of the jungle
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Hellion Power Systems
If you have been following the 2015 Mustang development race, you have been bombarded by the race to develop new products and set new milestones. However, one milestone that seemed worthy of revisiting was Hellion Power Systemsâ€™ news that it took the stock 2015 Coyote engine to just shy of 950 rear-wheel horsepower with its freshly designed Eliminator twin-turbo kits.
Before the show, the car was already impressing us all by putting down 750 to the Nitto tires, but John John Urist of Hellion Power Systems was certain there was more left in this combo. Given more time to refine the combination, that certainly was the case.
â€œWe left SEMA and we knew we needed more dyno time,â€ he explained. â€œThe first tune was rushed for the show, but using datalogs from The Dyno Edge, Blow-By Racing was able to make the necessary tuning changes.â€
Running about 17 degrees of total timing and burning a mixture of 93-octane pump gas and 100-octane Torco unleaded to provide a safety net, the combo put down the aforementioned 949 rear-wheel horsepower and 820 lb-ft of torque. With this setup, the knock sensors never came on during the pull:
Making this happen was the Hellion kit, which John designed to fit cleanly and install easily. He says this kit is an easy driveway install that requires no cutting.
â€œThe biggest thing for me is to have the best OE-appearing system on the market. It looks like the factory put it on,â€ John said. â€œWe only do turbo systems. We only make kits, so we pulled from all of our older systems and applied to this kit to make a quick-installing, ergonomic, powerful system for the new engines.â€
The kit features two Precision 62mm turbos, two Turbosmart VeePort blow-off valves, and two Turbosmart 40mm wastegates. A boost controller will be optional, but if you plan on turning it up higher than this, you might want to have a built motor on deck.
In this application, the stock fuel system is bolstered by a set of 42 lb/hr injectors and JMS Chip & Performanceâ€™s plug-and-play PowerMax fuel pump booster. The car also wears one of Bassani Xhaustâ€™s 2 Â½-inch cat-back systems. John believes a 3-inch system will allow for even bigger gains, so Bassani is developing such a cat-back.
â€œThe system is everything we expected,â€ John said. â€œIt is going into productionâ€”with several turbo optionsâ€”and we are hoping to ship it in January.â€