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Doug Pelmar's 1987 Ford Mustang LX Coupe might have just become our favorite X-Prize competitor. How come? Well, first off, LX Coupes are awesome to begin with, but Mr. Pelmar's is even more special. Rather than neuter his 'Stang in the name of high efficiency, he's gone and created something that should contend in the X-Prize's "Mainstream" category, but would also be right at home on the pages of Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords. The car's engine runs on E85 for emissions purposes and has several modifications that Mr. Pelmar designed (mostly electronics, it seems) allowing it to run much more efficiently -- to the tune of a claimed 80 miles per gallon -- while producing 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. He admits that he could squeeze more MPGs out if he dialed back the power some, but where's the fun in that? 80 MPG and 400 horses in a Fox body seems like a completely reasonable compromise to us. Oh, and MM&FF? You need to call this guy.

[Source: Mustang Evolution]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      After the turbo Regals, the notchback Foxbody was the next sexiest car of the 80s.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok I am looking at his car on his website:

      And it looks like he has a 4 cylinder LX [notice 4 lug nuts], maybe turbo charged, that is running the E85 fuel. As far as volume, he's probably still getting 20-25mpg, but as far as how much of that is actual gasoline, thats where the 110mpge comes in. E = equivalent.
        • 7 Years Ago
        He probably has pro-dumps for exhaust.....squeezing everybit of mileage that way.
      • 7 Years Ago

      You can say whatever you want about his claims of mileage and power numbers but don't be dissin' on the Fox Mustang.

      This is one of the most versatile cars to ever come out. Of course off the showroom floor they were not great at anything (except fun) but a few modifications in the right places makes these cars very competent at the drags or the road courses.

      I spent $3200 on a rust free car, another $10k in suspension, brake, and engine upgrades and I can hang with most anything at the track (there are a few big $$ exceptions). Plus if I rack it up into a tree or guard rail or break something, it's cheap and easy to fix as there's a ton of parts for them.

      That can be said of drag cars too. Stock bodied Mustangs can and have been built to compete against full tube frame cars for fractions of the price.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So wait, it's Doug Pelmear, the guy described in this guy's blog post?
      If so, it sounds like the guy has a track record for being a lying bastard
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this is for real it needs to be on the market NOW!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm building an V6 AMC Pacer that runs on cat urine and gets 75 mpg. I just havent worked out the filtering system and turbo sizing yet. I'm also adopting the DOD system from GM to up the mileage a bit.

      I'll keep you posted...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with everyones BS meter blowing valves off and injuring small children. If it sounds to good to be true...

      Everyone seems to like to knock on the Fox but for 1987....I think these are awesome. My 1st car was an 89 GT I got in 99. $4500, already lightly modded, it couldnt hang with the LS1's but it could cook some rice, straight line and back road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yea.... I have a motor that runs on it's own exaust fumes. The more you run it, the more fumes it makes, and the farther you can go. I plan to circumnavigate the world with it as soon as I can make the car watertight and get a captains cap with those really pretty gold braids on it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That sounds like Direct Exhaust Injection (DEI).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that is stunning. Has he received huge job offers from the BMW yet since they seem to be struggling with CAFE? (and for that matter, any other big car maker)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any bets that he doesn't get 80MPG if he uses all that 400HP on a regular basis. ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow I wish him good luck with this car
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