Matt Soppa wanted a RWD Ford Fusion drift machine with a V8 under the hood. So he made it with the engine taken from a Mustang GT.
The most powerful Ford Fusion that money can buy from the dealer is the Sport variant with a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 churning out 325 hp and 380 lb-ft. Matt Soppa needed a lot more than that from the family sedan. He wanted it to be a RWD drift machine, powered by a Coyote unit. And so he built one.
Under the hood of the RWD Ford Fusion is a 5.0-liter V8 which usually powers the 2015-2017 Ford Mustang GT. Impressed already? Prepare to be more excited when we tell you that the engine is mated to a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual gearbox. Where else do you find that transmission case? In a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The whole package then received structural and mechanical modifications, a custom engine tune and a new bunch of headers.
The end result is 450 horses galloping out of the engine bay to the rear wheels, making this a truly one-of-a-kind drift machine. To keep the driver safe in the unpleasant event of a crash, a roll cage made its way into the cabin. Most of the things inside were thrown out to prep up the car for dedicated drifting duties.
While Ford may not be considering a RWD Ford Fusion for production as it is too busy killing off sedans, we do think this could give the company a good idea on how to go about making that Mustang sedan – a topic which keeps popping up in forums all the time.
Source: Hoonigan Daily Transmission