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2010 GT runs 9.90 @ 133 with a 1.35 60′ time using UPR’s Pro-Street Urethane lowers!

Many of our competitors say it is impossible to produce a race worthy set of urethane control arms, but seeing is believing! We took our 2010 convertible show car to the track on a cooler night (75 degrees) to see how it would run. The convertible is equipped with UPR Pro-Street series urethane lowers and an adjustable upper control arm, as well as a pair of QA1 adjustable rear shocks and UPR adjustable panhard bar. With Jeremy Martorella driving, the convertible exploded off the line with a 1.35 60 foot time on street legal drag radials.

The UPR Pro-Street series urethane lower control arm kit for 2005-2012 Mustangs is one of our best selling suspension parts. We use seamless American made chrome-moly tubing, Urethane bushings from Energy Suspension, we weld and assemble them here in Florida, powdercoat them our UPR silver finish, and pre-lube them so they are ready to install.

But what really makes them unique is the extra-wide diameter steel pin developed for UPR Products by Energy Suspension. As the weight and power of Mustangs went up, so did the failure rate of urethane control arms. So UPR approached Energy Suspension for a remedy. Energy Suspension’s engineers developed the wider diameter pin to more evenly distribute the load across a wider surface area of the urethane bushing. UPR Products has not experienced a bushing failure since they implemented the wider pin across the entire Pro Street suspension lineup.

In fact, the only problem with UPR’s American Made Pro-Street lower control arms has been the price- it’s too low!! Some people refuse to believe that the finest urethane lower control arm available can be be sold for under $200 a pair! And let’s not forget the Lifetime Guarantee- it is unparalleled in the industry.

Next up for our 2010 GT, we are going to install the new UPR chrome-moly K-member and shed a few more pounds off the front end while greatly improving engine clearance. Stay tuned for more photos and videos of this awesome machine!

Jeremy Martorella runs 9.90 @ 133 in UPR’s 2010 GT!

Click to see UPR’s 9-second GT on YouTube! decided to take advantage of the good weather and see how fast our 21mpg show car would run at PBIR’s dragstrip. With Jeremy Martorella behind the wheel and tuning the suspension, we had high expectations. Our previous best was 10.11@135mph. Jeremy stiffened the shocks, took the hoosier drag radials down to 16lbs, staged the car at 1200 rpm and let it rip. Right off the bat we were excited when the AMAZING 1.35 short time came up on the board. Jeremy knew that he was on a killer pass. When building our now show and GO 2010 Convertible Mustang, we expected to be able to knock out some high 10s–but 9s were meant for RACE CARS… not! UPR Products wows its fans with a fuel efficient automatic 9 second GT. The car is a loaded model and even sports a “back-up” camera. The convertible tips the scales over 3900 lbs. 9.90 @ 133mph, not bad for a show car!!

UPR’s 2010 Convertible runs 9.96 @ 135!

UPR's 2010 GT at the Citrus Nationals

Racing Blog, written by Mark Mainiero:

Jeremy and I took our 2010 convertible display car to the track yesterday. We were waiting for a chance to run in less than 95 degree heat & humidity. Yesterday, while far from ideal, was as good a day as any to try.

We had turned 10.17 in good conditions earlier this year and 10.30′s in the heat. Then we took the car back to Jim D’Amore at JDM Engineering (the car has a JDM engine pkg and tuning) in August to install a larger balancer pulley which increased the rwhp from 660 to 700.

I know from 40 years of racing experience that although 700 rwhp won’t win top honors in a dyno queen competition, when coupled with a good suspension and built with a total combination in mind, it can go really fast. When I say total combination, I mean a power curve that puts power where it can best be used and a suspension that will put it to the ground. Anyone that saw the 5.0 Magazine King Of The Street competition at Bowling Green will quickly see that dyno numbers without driveability or a balanced suspension doesn’t mean much. You had to either laugh or cry when watching it.

Our 2010 convertible has a UPR adjustable panhard bar and UPR Pro Street lower control arms with Energy urethane bushings, along with a pair of QA1 adjustable rear shocks. I wanted to show just how much performance can be reached without sacrificing ride quality. We had already achieved our 21mpg goal, so there was just one more mountain to climb.

On our first run the car spun the tires a little and bounced through first gear. The timeslip read 10.11 @ 134. We were close. It ran a 1.51 60′ time on that pass.

We placed a quick call to Jim D’Amore and it was decided to power brake the car at 1800 rpm, up from the previous 1200. This would hopefully prevent “porpoising” (bouncing) as it would lessen the hit of the convertor. Then Jeremy Martorella, with his years of suspension tuning under the wing of Billy Glidden, remembered something important. We had set the shocks on soft for daily driving. He climbed under the car and quickly tightened them up.

On our second pass Jeremy brought the rpm to 1800. The car launched straight as an arrow, pulling the wheels a foot in the air. When the scoreboard displayed the 60′ time of 1.42, both Jeremy and I knew this should do it. After what seemed like the longest eight seconds ever, the scoreboard lit up with our triple digit ET. 9.96 @ 135

Think about it. Ford, UPR, and JDM teamed up to build a car that has every creature comfort, rides like a Lincoln, gets 21mpg, and is quick enough to run NHRA Super Gas (9.90 index). Ya gotta love technology !!

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