Since it’s been a while since we last checked in with the STILLEN performance shop, we thought it’s time for an update. Our shop techs have been extremely busy with all sorts of cars, trucks & SUVs, but we’ve all been happily surprised by the number of Ford vehicles making their way into the shop to visit us. It seems the STILLEN performance shop is quickly becoming the top Ford Performance Shop in Southern California!
Ford Performance Shop: Raptor Supercharger Installs
Being the only Whipple warranty certified installer in Southern California, our performance shop technicians been extremely busy installing superchargers for American muscle cars and imported sports cars. However, they have been especially busy installing superchargers for various trucks and prerunners. The blue Ford SVT Raptor featured in the photo above, is just one of the many trucks that has gotten a supercharger installed by the STILLEN performance shop over the past few weeks and there are even more on the schedule!
Raptor with Supercharger Service
After adding a supercharger to your car’s engine, you don’t want to be taking it to the dealer service center or the service center down the street. You want to take it to someone you know you can trust and who knows how to service performance cars and trucks. This is why we are seeing the black Raptor featured in this photo. As many of you will remember, the STILLEN performance shop installed the supercharger on this prerunner a few months ago (click here to see the full write up on this Raptor). The owner brought it back for service.
GT500 Supercharger Pulley Installation
Now, if you’re looking to get a bit more from your supercharger, the STILLEN performance shop is definitely the place to come and this is why the Ford GT500 came in. The owner brought his car in because he wanted to get a bit more horsepower from his supercharged engine. With that in mind, the STILLEN team installed a new supercharger pulley to create more boost and get the horsepower the owner was looking for.
Like the cars and trucks that have superchargers installed, you don’t want to trust your Ford GT servicing to just anyone. Over the years, the STILLEN performance shop has seen its share of Ford GT’s come in for service and has earned a sterling reputation for working with these vehicles.
The classic Ford GT is always a welcome sight in the STILLEN Performance Shop, and there is nothing that says classic race car like a white striped, Mark IV Red beauty.
Ready for service
Whether it’s a minor service or a full track build, you can rest assured knowing the factory trained STILLEN technicians know your GT inside and out and will give your supercar the proper care it deserves.
GT waiting for new tires.
This GT service included some general maintenance along with a mount and balance of 4 fresh Michelin tires. From there, the Ford GT went on the rack for a complete computer alignment.
After the new tires are installed, this vehicle will get the proper computer alignment treatment
A Classic Beauty
STILLEN also carries a complete line of performance products for the GT including Big Brake Kits, Exhaust Systems, Coilover Suspension, and much more. Here is a link to view the complete line up of Ford GT aftermarket parts and accessories.
With the Ford GT Rally 8 coming up in September in Northern California, we have started to see a few of these supercars trickle into the STILLEN Performance Shop. We are equipped to do everything from routine maintenance to high performance upgrades. STILLEN also manufactures and sells numerous performance parts for the GT.
We replaced all fluids, the oil pump and belt in this black beast, along with a mount and balance of some fresh new Bridgestone tires.
An upgraded Ford Racing supercharger pulley went into this blue striped machine. By simply installing the smaller supercharger pulley and a re-flash of the ECU, the STILLEN Performance Shop was able to see power increases of up to 100HP!
For more information on available Ford GT performance products from STILLEN, including Cat-back Exhaust Systems, Rear Diffusers, Performance Race Clutches, and more, please call (888) 366-0686 or visit www.stillen.com/vehicles/ford-gt.html
What did you do this weekend? Mow the lawn? BBQ? How about race a STILLEN Ford GT around closed public roads? Well that's what Steve Millen found himself doing...
What did you do this weekend? Mow the lawn? Have a BBQ? hang out at the beach? How about race a STILLEN-equipped Ford GT supercar around closed public roads? Well that’s what Steve Millen found himself doing this weekend.
As you may know Steve was born and raised in New Zealand before moving to America in the early 80’s to launch his very successful North American racing career. Now that he no longer races professionally he enjoys competing in Targa Rallies, hill climbs, and “street sprints.” You may or may not also be aware that STILLEN is the only shop certified by Ford Motor Company to service the Ford GT’s sophisticated transmission. You bring a GT to a dealer and they’ll tell you, “Call STILLEN.” It’s been a few years since we first became involved with the Ford GT, but the car is every bit as fun as it was then. This particular event was a “Street Sprint”, a point to point race basically consists of blasting around public roads (closed for the event) – with your trackday weapon of choice. Check out a a few action shots of Steve hustling the STILLEN Ford GT around the Ruakaka Street Sprint. Pictures come courtesy of Amy Davidson (Steve’s niece.)
How can you possibly make a FORD GT look any better? From the factory these things are the perfect combination of vintage throwback looks and modern bad assery.
While the phrase “you don’t mess with perfection” comes to mind every time I think of adding a “body kit” to a Ford GT. There are very very few products I would put on my Ford GT if I owned one, could you imagine seeing one with a Black Widow body kit on it ? Oh dear god. That being said, I have to say these dry carbon pieces from Tecnocraft most definitely raise the game of any Ford GT to a whole new level.
This Ford GT received the FULL dry carbon aero treatment. Front lip, Side skirts, Rear diffuser, and custom painted spoiler. I’d say it looks amazing wouldn’t you agree?
This rear diffuser is most definitely a work of art.
These side skirts aren’t just for looking cool, they are actually very functional, check out the notch in front of the rear wheel to ad some turbulence to the air flow.
Check out the custom paint work on the dry carbon spoiler…. the beauty is always in the details.
For more info on this build please feel free to give one of our product specialists a call.
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It’s the middle of the week and our Performance Center is operating on all cylinders today, excuse the horrible pun please. We have a car in just about every department getting the attention they deserve.
Aaron is taking care of a G35 on the dyno, and releasing some reliable torque and horsepower by way of an UP REV tune.
We have a twin pair of FORD GT’s getting some suspension love by way of PENSKE coilovers and alignment.
Not only do we have one gorgeous 370z in the shop but we have two, getting some routine maintenance done…
As you can see, the guys in the Performance Center have had a very busy day, but that’s not to say we don’t have time for new projects here at STILLEN. Make sure you give us a call if you need anything done, from oil changes to custom builds, these guys quite literally do it all.
STILLEN Performance Center
Often times we get customers who stop by to pick up parts they purchased from our online store and they aren’t aware of our fully functioning service bay. Heck, it even surprised me when I first showed up here. We know that in this day and age it’s very rare to have an actual shop that allows local pick up of purchased parts and it’s even MORE rare to have a kick ass service bay attached to that shop that will install those parts for you. We pride ourselves in providing both to our customers.
That was actually the case for the customer with the Ford Mustang Boss 302. Being an avid ford enthusiast, he has more than one Ford vehicle in his driveway, a (550 hp) Ford GT, a “plain old” (400hp) Mustang GT , and this (440hp) Ford Mustang BOSS 302 are a few of the ponies in his stable. Guess which one he takes to track the most?
Yeah, I wouldn’t take my priceless FORD GT to the track that much either, and the Mustang GT I would probably let the wife use to get groceries and roast boy racers on the weekends. Which leaves only one option… BOSS!
Having a weekend warrior track car usually means that you burn through items such as brake pads and tires pretty quickly, and the only shop he trusts to do all his maintenance work is, yeah you guessed it, STILLEN.
We threw the thoroughbred BOSS 302 up on the lift and swapped out the Brembo brake pads and added new brake fluid in a jif, so our customer can spend more time at the track with rock solid brakes and less couch time.
Although FORD GT owners are few and far between, we pride ourselves on providing a complete array of services for this particular vehicle. From offering a full spectrum of performance parts, to doing oil changes, and full transmission rebuilds, we offer it all.
Here’s a quick snapshot of Aaron in our service department prepping a Ford GT for a new clutch.
Ford GT in the STILLEN Service Shop
And if you were wondering what that bad boy looks like without the bonnet on..
Ford GT Engine Bay Opened for Service
I’ll take one of those superchargers with a side of fries please!!
Be sure to check out our FORD GT section of the site for all your performance needs.
We decided to start your week off with a snapshot of Steve piloting the STILLEN Ford GT into some serious airtime, during the 2012 Targa Bambina in New Zealand.
Before this picture was taken, Steve had said that he was planning on taking it easy during the Rally and just enjoying the drive. Looks like “easy” includes strapping a set of wings on a GT40 and letting it fly.
Steve and Jodi, did a fantastic job during the Rally and the husband and wife team put the STILLEN FORD GT into second in class, third in two wheel drive modern, and sixth place overall. They also won the award for highest placed husband and wife team.
Few things stick out in my life as such happy times as ripping open the giant Slot Car box at Christmas with the TYCO logo and the huge “Zero Gravity Cliff Hangers” or “US1 Trucking” emblazoned on the side, shoving aside other gifts and wads of torn and crumpled wrapping paper to clear enough room and take over the living room.
Getting the track set up, plugged in, the hum of the power supply, finally jamming a finger down on the trigger and watching the little car shoot down the track at what seems like 900mph with tiny sparks visible under the chassis, not having a chance in the world at making the turn and spiraling off somehow getting airborne and disappearing in the depths and darkness behind the Christmas tree in the corner.. Controller surprisingly hot in my hand and a curl of smoke coming up through the vents..
For those who hung on to those good times and continued on with Slot Car Racing, no doubt Scalextric is a name you’ve heard of and trust. They specialize in bringing realistic vehicles to the slot car world, and this year they’ve taken on recreating the STILLEN R35 Nissan GT-R in striking detail.
The Nissan GT-R is done in a 1:32 scale, and even be modified just like the real thing, changing anything from tires to gears to swapping motors. Check out the detail in the pictures below:
Steve Millen and STILLEN have a history with Scalextrix, as they also did the STILLEN Ford GT a couple of years back after it competed in the New Zealand Targa:
So if you are a slot car enthusiast, or know of one, this is a perfect Christmas item to add to the vehicle fleet!