RacePagesDigital.com – Old Pony, New Tricks: Tony Hobson Steps Up To NMRA Street Outlaw
Be warned, NMRA VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw crew: Tony Hobson is coming. The fabricator from Moscow Mills, Missouri, is on a mission to move up to the big time for 2019 and he’s already done all the legwork to make his Mustang run the number.
Just one and a half months ago, Hobson’s 2014 Ford Mustang was sitting up on jack stands as a shall with its front and rear suspensions completely removed. “Renegade cars are pretty much already Street Outlaw cars just with smaller power adders, so when they switched the class to eighth-mile, the car was going to basically already be set up for Street Outlaw and it just made sense to put a bigger turbo on and go faster,” Hobson explained of what prompted the change. He’s been thrashing ever since, and the results are definitely noteworthy.
To start, Hobson had his engine builder, Rich Groh of Rich Groh Racing, go through the 5.4L Ford GT block-based bullet for some freshening up. “After a full season last year [in NMRA Edelbrock Renegade] it had about sixty passes on it, but Rich checked it out and said everything looked good,” noted Hobson, who had the RGR team make a few small adjustments to the engine to accommodate the higher boost and horsepower levels it will see thanks to the new Street Outlaw-legal 88mm turbo from Jose Zayas at Forced Inductions.