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George Wright Racing

He is racing a tubed out 95 Bird, but it appears that he runs a Coyote 5.0 with cut factory front k-member.
 

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2950lbs with driver?! That's crazy because it doesn't seem gutted at all.
95TB weighed 3,750# (without driver) - I cannot understand how he got the weight down to 2995# with driver. As said - don't know how he did it - does not look gutted.
 

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Ok, that's true; but he has a cage and a four link setup with a 9" rear end... That's ~300-400lbs, at least, wouldn't you think?

And if he's holding it on the track, he's at least 100lbs, lol.
 

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I doubt it, the whole car looks to be back halved. It probably looks a whole lot more complete than it actually is
Anything below 3000 surprises me a lot. I mean our rear-half of the car is light as it is, pretty crazy how it has a 5.0 (which probably weighs as much as a 2V iron) and all that stuff in there and still weigh that less WITH the driver.
 

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The 5.0 is lighter, even the DOHC 4.6 with aluminum everything is lighter than the iron 2V, and the Coyote has as many composites as the 2V did (valve/coil covers and intake)

Drag racers don't back half cars to make them heavier. Just because 59% of the weight is up front doesn't mean the rear is "light" the IRS weighs far far more than a narrowed 4 link, and couple that with heavily gutted structure, a tiny fuel cell (full tank of our 18 gallon is 113lbs in fuel alone), light wheels, gutted wiring, gutted dash, etc. ect. I don't know why it's so hard to believe. There were full size cars made in the 60s that were feet bigger than these cars in dimensions but were as heavy or even lighter, the reason being they lacked structure, had only a handful of wires, way less options, and simpler suspensions than we're accustomed to in modern cars like these.
 

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Did you guys see this as well? Very last line.

Car weighs 2950 pounds with driver and no weight box or weight bars
I don't know how much they weigh, but I'm sure it's enough for him to make mention that the car weighs sub 3,000lbs without those in the car.
 

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I believe it
1) 5gal vs 18 gallon fuel tank. That's probably the single biggest savings.

1) That's not a very substantial cage (good for rollovers but not any kind of frontal/side collision). It's also chromemoly so it's lighter
than DOM

2) The Coyote can weigh comparably to an old 302. No engine shots so it's unclear how many engine accessories the engine retains

3) Sure it has a full interior but a lot of weight can be removed to make it look "full" but still weigh substantially less (padding, noise deadening, seat motors, gut the dash). The guy had to pull the interior out to weld the cage in and backhalf the car anyway. For shits and giggles I guess he put the interior back in.

4) No radio so no speakers likely.. Climate control panel is still in the car but not sure if there's still a system to control. I'm guessing that's to keep up with the "full interior" look.

5) Has a wilwood Rack and pinion steering rack so I'm guessing he went full manual (no PS pump, none of that stuff).
 

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If you read through the description there's a section about gutting the dash. So no ventilation system, no blend door, no AC, no vent blower fan, no heater core, etc.
 

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I sent an e-mail to George this afternoon asking for any more info- and he sent me this to post-

"This car was built to compete in NHRA Super Stock. It has all original sheet metal body panels (no acid etching), OEM glass and stock appearing interior. The back seat has been removed and replaced with lightweight carpeting that matches the OEM carpet. The sound deadener has been removed from the carpet, and the body sound deadener has been scrapped off the floor pan. The floor pan is stock underneath except for the part just past the centerline of the rear axle. I was careful to remove any unnecessary braces and brackets for hanging exhaust, parking brake cables, etc. The underneath is very smooth but essentially stock. The back half frame rails are constructed of 2 x 3 box tubing. The IRS and all of it s framework, cast iron control arms and etc are gone. The cage is 1-5/8" chromemoly. The original gas tank was removed and replaced with a 5 gallon fuel cell. The front K member was modified by cutting out the original center cross brace and replacing it with a 1" x 1-1/2" box tubing that was positioned at the lowest point for pan clearance. No heater box, no radio, no air bags (just the covers). Still has working power windows. I use a stock wiring harness where possible, but it has been modified to only have the minimum wires I need. Still has stock bucket seats (no weight removal performed). The guard beams in the doors were removed, if I remember they were about 20 pounds each.

The Coyote is a very light engine (400 pounds), all aluminum block and heads, plastic intake and plastic cam covers. I use the OEM oil pan on the Coyote. The Coyote is basically from a 2011 Mustang GT. It is completely stock except for the fuel rails and headers necessary to fit the T-Bird. I fabricated the headers myself from stainless steel tubing (.049 wall thickness). I use two halt front motor plates and a mid plate sandwiched between the block and the bell-housing to bolt in the engine. If you go to my Shop Projects Page on my website you will find a "Project Coyote" page there. It is located at: George Wright Racing - Project Coyote. This page has a photo of the Coyote being dropped into the T-Bird. You can see the 2 half motor plates on the engine. right now my website does not show this, but the alternator would not clear the K member if was placed on the lower drivers side (OEM position) of the engine. The alternator is mounted facing backwards on the passenger side and rotates backwards, but it charges perfectly fine.

As it is, this car has gone 10.80 in the quarter in good fall air. In the summer heat it runs 11.00 to 11.20.

I apologize, my website is incorrect, the car is 2950 without driver."
 
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That's Impressive!

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I think this highlights the difference between building a car vs just building an engine. Taking a Thunderbird and running high 10's with just 400 hp at the crank. This is very cool.
 
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