Shapeshifter: Eric Bardekoff’s Constantly Evolving 2016 Cobra Jet

Seven seconds. That’s how long it will take for this Mustang to rip in one end of the quarter-mile to the additional. Well, 7. 62 seconds to become exact.

The spectacular S550 belongs to Eric Bardekoff of Commack, New York, owner associated with EB Customized Works in Ronkonkoma, NY. It isn’t an easy vehicle to write about, for the simple fact that will its modification never ceases. This particular Mustang is in a constant state associated with transformation, as it evolves to meet the particular ever-changing competition.

But this Cobra Jet clone came from humble origins. Bardekoff found it on the Copart auction website back when it was an easy Ingot Silver EcoBoost. You see, the particular S550 platform had launched just about a month prior, so it was uncommon to see an used one come across the particular auction block. The EcoBoost experienced about 1, 200 miles onto it before it was wrecked, but its harm didn’t scare Bardekoff. He began studying the ropes of body am employed at the ripe old age of twelve, so the then 20-year-old bid aside – and he won.

He bought it in hopes of building this into a Cobra Jet clone, and succeeded, with the first S550 Cobra Jet to compete in NHRA. Originally, the car was powered with a naturally aspirated 429 Ninja motor backed by a 5-speed manual transmitting. That made it the first and only stay car in NHRA Factory Share (FS/X), a class designated intended for naturally aspirated vehicles.

It had been so early in fact , that Kia asked him to pump the brake systems.

“There wasn’t the class for it when we bought it, ” Bardekoff explained. “The NHRA wouldn’t let us run it because the mixture hadn’t been approved yet, therefore it was the first completed shop-built CJ clone. ”

Soon after, FS/X went away. Bardekoff deduces that there just wasn’t enough of the draw to the class, when FS/XX existed – the class’ strength adder counterpart.

It had been back to the drawing board, plus Bardekoff decided he would switch up and install a Coyote topped having a 2 . 9L Whipple supercharger, combined to the same 5-speed manual. However it wasn’t just any Coyote. He previously managed to get his hands on a serialized Cobra Jet crate engine – the real deal. Unfortunately, technical gremlins held arising, and Bardekoff realized their combination wasn’t going to be since competitive as he originally hoped it might be.

Bardekoff’s tuner, Nicky Notch of NMRacing, lines your pet up in an elimination round in the World Cup Finals.

Finally, Bardekoff made hard switch to an automatic Turbo 400 transmitting.

“We milled the particular heads and bumped compression upward, changed the cams, etc ., and ended up collapsing the cylinder wall space at the top end of Route sixty six Raceway at the NMRA/NMCA Super Dish because it wasn’t sleeved, ” Bardekoff explained.

The carnage was devastating and caused the particular EB Custom Works team in order to once again consider their options. Following the long process of deciding on a new path, Bardekoff came up with what you see right here.

As it sits, the vehicle is powered by a 315 cubic-inch 2016 Ford Coyote engine. The particular combination is topped by a Whipple Gen 5 3. 0L supercharger. Bardekoff went through a myriad of tuning software program before deciding to invest in a MoTeC M150 PCM with MoTeC C125 dash. He credits the system along with finally making the combination aggressive. It’s tuned by Nicky Step of NMRacing out of Long Isle.

As it sits, Bardekoff’s Cobra Jet clone is driven by a Coyote engine topped having a Whipple 3. 0-liter supercharger. That will gadget in the middle picture is a Crystal clear View Filtration oil filter which allows Bardekoff to check the condition of his essential oil at any time.

The Weldon fuel pump (D2035-A) transporting Q16 fuel feeds the hungry animal and exhaust screams through American Racing headers with 2-inch primaries.

Shifting happens with an ATI -built TH400 transmission with an M& M shifter and an ATI Billet 9. 5-inch converter. The Mark Williams 4043 bonded drive shaft transfers the power to the Ford 9-inch rearend. It features an we n-house custom Ford 9-inch housing built to EBCW specifications, along with stock-style body-side brackets and EBCW upper and lower control arms. But read more about those in a minute.   Bardekoff chose 4. 29 equipment, along with Unusual 40-spline gun-drilled celebrity flange axles and a spool.

The suspension is where the vehicle really shines, and a lot of its parts are custom made by Bardekoff by means of EB Custom Works. While the front side control arms are stock along with spherical bearings, the rears had been custom-made by EBCW and are from the Cobra Jet style 4-link range. He chose Santhuff shocks for those four corners, with caster camber plates, travel limiters, and surprise sensors rounding out the list associated with front suspension modifications. A back anti-roll bar and panhard pub were both designed by Bardekoff too. The rear suspension is described as becoming an EBC “Cobra Jet style solid-axle” suspension. A Steeda K-member has been chosen to cradle the high-horsepower powerplant – stay tuned for an installation tale coming soon!

Power is offer the rear Bar stock Specialties 15×10-inch dual beadlock wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson 275/60/15 ET Street rubberized. Up front, Eric chose RC Components wheels with another pair of Mickey Thompson tires. Strange brakes within the front and rear bring the Cobra Jet to a screeching halt – with the help of a parachute, of course.

Eric built a customized carbon-fiber front belly pan, obviously visible during the car’s constant wheelies. A Cervinis hood was selected, along with a spoiler from Modular Motorsports Racing , or MMR. Anderson Composites terrain effects were installed as well.

The particular paint scheme was designed and dispersed by Bardekoff using House of Kolor   paint with Sikkens crystal clear. No, it’s not a wrap, although people often confuse it for just one. The stripes continue into the jambs and the engine bay as well. However, tiny, hidden details of this vehicle have been thought-out and planned regarding.

Though most pull cars feature overlooked interiors, this is simply not one of them. Inside, an Alcantara headliner and door panels flow with Racetech seats and a five-point harness. He or she designed a custom Mustang back seat delete as well. The competition was fabricated by Bardekoff and it is certified to 7. 50.

And if you think it prevents there, you’re wrong. Bardekoff provides even had his Stilo headgear custom airbrushed with a lucky color scheme by Funky Frank associated with FF Studios located on Long Isle, NY.

Bardekoff provided airbrush artist Funky Frank free of charge rein when it came to the design plus execution of his helmet. That will dog on the back? That’s Bardekoff’s “pit pup, ” Mia.

So far, the Cobra Jet clone’s best quarter-mile the been a 7. 62 from 179 mph, which happened in World Cup Finals: Import versus Domestic at Maryland International Track (the same weekend these pictures were taken). The car 60-foots with 1 . 14 and makes about 1, 150 horsepower, weighing within at 3, 450 pounds. Bardekoff went to the semi-finals at this year’s World Cup, unfortunately breaking around the starting line after an incredibly prosperous weekend.

As of this writing, the car is definitely under the knife yet again, shedding bodyweight in preparation for a new course designation. In 2020, this Cobra Jet will be competing in NMRA’s Rengade class. Bardekoff has been tough at work taking out a whopping 400 lbs (lots of carbon-fiber parts added) and has partnered with Whipple this year. Whipple will be providing a new supercharger to top the CJ’s motor, giving Bardekoff the extra boost within power needed to be competitive in the eighth-mile class.

Bardekoff’s Cobra jet will be debuting in its brand new trim this weekend at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton, Florida. You can watch it live on SpeedVideo. com !

Eric Bardekoff is the husband of author Stephanie Davies-Bardekoff.

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