• Brightmare 10

  • Brightmare 2

  • Brightmare 3

  • Brightmare 5

  • Brightmare 1

  • Brightmare on Pass Time

  • 4.6 2v engine with nitrous

  • Dual A1000 system

  • BrightMare burnout MW12

  • Brightmare MW12 burnout

  • Brightmare MW12

  • 9.86 run at zMax Dragway

Meet Steve Shrader’s BrightMare

This yellow ’99 Mustang GT, nicknamed “BrightMare”, was the car that started it all for the 7000 member Yellow Mustang Registry back in 2001. We use this car to test new engine combinations for our business and continually push the power limits on E85 Ethanol. Our latest project was a new setup featuring the Edelbrock Victor Jr intake and some new blower cam profiles. We added an intercooler to the car, some ARH Longtubes and then topped it off with a nitrous kit to see just how far we could push this little 281ci engine on a Dynojet. When we threw the nitrous into the mix, it jumped to a whopping 906 rwhp before we decided we were satisfied. All of that with a baby S-trim Vortech and a shot of gas.

The car competed in 5.0 Mustang Magazine’s King of the Street competition for 2012, running a 9.86 at 146 and wowwing the judges with its street car manners and gobs of torque in the Ride and Drive segment. Read the May 2013 issue of 5.0 Magazine for the full details!

BrightMare made an appearance on Speed Channel’s show Pass Time in ’09. It surprised everyone when the car went 10.57 at 136 mph on drag radials. Click here for the video. That was an old combo and the car now runs 9.80′s.

The 2011 Engine Build. Engine Built by Shrader Performance

The Numbers

  • Horsepower with nitrous: 906 rwhp / 781 rwtq SAE
  • 1/8 mile: 6.45 at 115 mph
  • 1/4 mile: 9.86 at 147


  • Block: Aluminum Teksid block .005 over
  • Cubic Inches: 281
  • Crankshaft: forged Cobra crank
  • Pistons: DSS Racing GSX
  • Rods: Lightweight I-beam
  • Main Studs: ARP 4-bolt main studs

Top End/Other Engine

  • Heads: Fox Lake Stage 2 ported heads
  • Cams: You didn’t think we would give you the best kept secret, did you?
  • Intake: Edelbrock Victor Jr
  • Intake Plenum: custom aluminum
  • ThrottleBody: Accufab
  • Coil Packs: Granatelli Pro Series
  • Water Pump: Electric

Forced Induction

  • Blower: Vortech V2 S-Trim at 16-17 psi
  • S/C Pulley: 3.0″
  • Crank Pulley: Innovators West 10% Overdrive
  • Intercooler: Treadstone 9″ core, air-to-air


  • Headers: American Racing Headers longtubes
  • Mid-pipe: ARH shorty pipe
  • Cat-Back: MRT Cat-back w/Flowmaster mufflers

Fuel System

  • Fuel Tank: Sumped tank by Glenn’s Performance
  • Fuel Pump: Dual Aeromotive A1000 return-style fuel pumps and filters
  • Fuel Lines: a whole bunch of braided lines and fittings
  • Fuel Injectors: 80 lb/hr
  • Fuel Type: E-85 Ethanol


  • SCT Xcal 3 with custom tuning


  • Flywheel: SPEC aluminum
  • Clutch: SPEC Stage 2 Plus
  • Transmission: TR3650 5-speed
  • Driveshaft: aluminum
  • Rear Gear : 3.73
  • Axles: Moser 31-spline


  • K-member: Granatelli with coilover kit
  • Springs: Steeda Superlite rears, front coilovers
  • Struts/shocks: Tokico
  • Caster/Camber plates: MM 4-way
  • Control Arms: Steeda adjustable uppers and solid lowers
  • Roll bar: 6-pt with removable door bars
  • Brakes: Brakes? Who needs brakes?