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Watson Racing rips off a pair of 8.70 passes in its IRS-equipped S550
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Watson Racing
When we last checked in with Watson Racingâ€™s street/strip 2015 Mustang project, the car had run the first 8-second e.t.â€™s in an S550 with an independent rear suspension, but the company wasnâ€™t satisfied with those runs. Thatâ€™s right, Chuck Watson Sr. was able improve upon his 8.90-second passes by a full two tenths. This time he was running at nearby Milan Dragway and the conditions were quite favorable.
Weâ€™ve been following the progress of this car since the project began before last yearâ€™s SEMA Show, including the additions of a Whipple supercharger, FAST EFI, lightweight windows, a bolt-in 9-inch IRS, and a 10-rib blower drive. On the eve of this yearâ€™s show in Las Vegas, the Watson team made two more test passes and the car ran even quicker.
â€œThe 8.70 passes were achieved with a slight calibration adjustment and good air,â€ John Phillips, Product Manager at Watson Racing, explained. â€œâ€¦Still through mufflers and on drag radials. The track was obviously hooking by how much weâ€™re hanging the tires.â€
You can watch the Watson Racing 2015 Mustang hang the hoops at Milan right hereâ€¦
Running this quick through a full exhaust on streetÂ tires, the Whipple-supercharged machine is clearly impressive. However, whatâ€™s more impressive is that there are likely even quicker times in the offing.
â€œThis was a quick last test session for the year before we get it cleaned up to take to theÂ show,â€ John added. â€œThere is definitely more in it. A .50 or .60 would have been achieved if we could have stayed out a little longer. We just ran out of time.â€