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Monster Power: Livernois Creates a 840-HP Mustang

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In Dearborn, Michigan, home of Ford, Livernois Motorsports cooked up this one-off Ford Mustang with 840 horsepower.

DEARBORN, Mich. — Livernois Motorsports is getting plenty of attention for this 840-hp 2005 Ford Mustang GT project car, which is bound for this weekend's World Ford Challenge event in St. Louis.

Rick LeBlanc, marketing director for the Michigan-based tuner, told Inside Line the black Mustang started life with a stock engine beefed up with a nitrous kit. "But now it's got our exclusive 4.6-liter, 3-valve engine that makes 770 rear-wheel horsepower and 840 at the crank," he said.

The car delivers 697 lb-ft of torque. It is outfitted with a Viper Spec T-56 six-speed, a Ford Racing aluminum flywheel, a Snow Performance boost cooler, and a Corsa Axle-Back exhaust system. It can cover 11.9 seconds at more than 117 mph, according to Domestic Driver magazine.

"We built it to show off the capability of our products," LeBlanc said. "We can build another one just like it — and maybe after a year, we will sell this one. We have $69,000 into it."

LeBlanc said the shop is busy at work on its next project car, a yellow 2006 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that will be modified with the tuner's exclusive 404-cubic-inch engine with twin turbochargers. "It will probably make well into the 700s," LeBlanc said. Livernois is also tuning its first 2007 Cadillac Escalade, which it will modify with a turbo kit, 24-inch wheels and tires, and TVs.

What this means to you: A uniquely Detroit name produces a monster out of a Detroit legend.

The Livernois Mustang is a beast to be reckoned with.

Livernois…just like Illinois except with "Liver" at the front. And depending on whom you ask, Detroiters often put a little "s" sound on the end. So it's like Liver-noise.

The Livernois Mustang.

The Livernois Motorsports Mustang will be turning heads at the World Ford Challenge this weekend in St. Louis.
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