From its bulging widebody fenders to the custom brake cooling ducts, from the moment you set eyes on Nick Psomas’ widebody 2006 Ford Mustang GT [S197] 5-MT, you know it means business. By no means your average boring “let’s go fast in a straight line” build, Nick took things an entirely different direction with a road race ready, fully functional aesthetic. Nick’s been tinkering with the car for a while now, so when it came time to get wheels for Nick’s wide Mustang project, he reached out to Mod Expert Sean for a set of wheels up to the task of truly going wide.
A fitment specialist, Sean had the idea to suggest the new Super Deep version of the popular CF5V from Forgestar Wheels. To fill out the massive bolt-on Fender Flares on the S197 Mustang GT, Sean set Nick up with a positively crazy fitment of 19×12 both front and rear. The CF5V offers a modern sports car kind of look and the custom nature of Forgestar allowed Sean to help Nick stick the widest possible wheels and tires onto the car.
Nick’s not the kind of guy to stretch tires, either, so those massive 12-in-wide CF5V’s are wrapped in appropriately-meaty Kumho Ecsta V720 305/30-19 Tires on all four corners. That’s right, 305-series on the front AND rear – that’s enough mechanical grip to drive on the ceiling F-Zero style, and that’s even before you factor in the aero generated by the enormous APR GT500C Carbon Fiber Wing, APR Rear Diffuser or Custom Front Splitter.
Under the hood isn’t exactly stock either, sporting a BBK Cold Air Intake feeding a Ford Racing Throttle Body to improve the breathing capabilities of the 4.6L V8. Managing the brains of the operation is an EEC that’s been reflashed with by a Diablosport Performance Tuner.
Setting the car down low is a set of Eibach Multi-Pro R2 Coilovers, paired with Eibach 3-Way Adjustable Sway bars. Keeping the rear end in check is a B&R Racing adjustable panhard rod. The Panhard bar (aka panhard rod) is designed to limit lateral movement.
The height of the panhard bar determines the height of the rear roll center – the roll center being an imaginary point around which the racecar “rolls”. Here’s the thing, when you lower a car like Nick has with the Mustang, the suspension needs to be adjusted to compensate – when you lower the panhard bar, the rear roll center drops, which tightens cornering handling by promoting side-bite. By keeping the axle from wandering around, the Mustang GT’s stability is improved dramatically.
Giving the car the fender coverage it needs to accommodate those massive 19×12’s is a set of TruFiber fender flares, paired with Trufiber’s Sideskirt splitters.
The exhaust system is a pair of Black Widow Exhaust Venom Race Mufflers, fed by a BBK Off-Road X-pipe through a set of BBK Long Tube Headers, which really brings out the V8 rumble of the car.
For those unfamiliar with wheel fitment, 305-series tires on the front of a car is an achievement in itself.
Giving the car the stopping power it needs is a Brembo 38mm Big Brake Kit. Here’s a good look at that Brembo Big Brake Kit. The side profile gives you a better idea of the depth of the splitter and side skirt extensions.
The side profile is extremely aggressive, and every element works together to create one cohesive whole.
The functional racer look continues inside the car. Tucked in between a set of Crowe 4-point harnesses is a set of Sparco Rev bucket seats. The 5-speed manual is shifted through a Hurst Racing short shifter, and power is routed through a Spec Stage 2 Clutch.
The Sparco Rev seats work nicely with the Mustang’s race-oriented build.
From the rear, the aggressive cutoff of the TruFiber Fender flares comes together with the APR Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser and a GT500C Adjustable Carbon Fiber Wing to create a functional and extremely angry-looking aesthetic.
Here’s a closeup of the APR GT500C Carbon Fiber Wing. Up close you can see the adjustments on the wing mounts.
The custom front splitter works well with the Trufiber Vented Heat Extractor hood, which emulates the look of the iconic 03-04 SVT Cobra.
Thanks to Nick for sharing his build with us, we hope you enjoyed the photos.
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Story & Photos Nick Gregson