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The Mustang Also Features The Rare Lava Red Paint Job

Ford Mustang With Dodge Demon Engine

If you’re wondering how to make both Ford and Dodge muscle car fans salty, look no further than this Ford Mustang that features a Dodge Demon engine. Built by Florida man Matthew Kesatie, who has no shame in his Hemi-powered Ford Mustang that features a heavily modified version of the 6.2L Hemi V8 found in the since-discontinued Demon. We admire the audacity.

Kesatie had seen his fair share of issues with the 5.0L in his Mustang and concluded that he could construct a one-of-a-kind vehicle he believed could be competitive in modern Hemi drag racing circles. So, he got to work after receiving an “absolutely” from Modern Street Hemi Shootout Series and the series’ Outlaw class organizers when asking if they would allow a Ford Mustang with a Hemi Gen III engine to participate.

Ford Mustang With Dodge Demon Engine

Ford Mustang “Demon”: Details

According to Dragzine, Kesatie utilized a factory “BGE” Demon cast-iron block and outfitted it with a factory Demon crankshaft, custom CP pistons, Thitek raised-port aluminum cylinder heads with Inconel valves, Geaheads’ head stud upgrade, stock rocker arms, dual springs, a custom camshaft, and an upgraded rocker arm girdle. Additionally, a Plazmaman billet aluminum intake manifold and ID.2000 injectors deliver the air. A-One R (ethanol) fuel in concert with air-to-air intercooled 7675 turbos and BoostLab billet-wheel tops off the build. Kesatie installed a Holley Dominator EFI-ECU system and Holley digital dash to keep track of the entire system.

Kesatie stated that he nearly won Street Car Takeover in Bradenton, Florida, in February and had a staggering 7.671 quarter mile at 169.23 MPH. However, he ran out of gears at around the 1,000-foot mark and coasted from that point to the finish.

If this 2012 Ford Mustang GT isn’t unique enough, it features a factory Lava Red paint job, which appears as pure black unless placed in the right light. This was a paint option created in a factory in Japan that was struck by a tsunami during the production run. Ford then discontinued the color after producing just a few hundred of them. The red tone is so subtle that Kesatie stated he owned the car for two years before his wife realized it wasn’t black.


Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.


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  1. A Mustang with a Hellcat engine. Hum. I own a built 2018 Chrysler 300C Hemi and his Hemi should be used in a Mopar body,. So purchase a Challenger roller and build a Hellcat clone. It appears he has no engine building skills. Maybe I should replace my built 5.7 for a new 5 2 GT500 engine but I enjoyed creating my own power from top to bottom instead of using a pre-built engine swap. Not a fan of disrespecting the Ford and Mopar brand. Considering how many Mustang enthusiasts lost their mind with the Mach E become a fantastic EV Mustang crossover.

  2. Nothing wrong with this build considering how many Ford rods are out there with GM small blocks and big blocks too! In the 70s I had a Duster with a 429 Ford out of an ex police interceptor and GM suspension that used to rule the drag strip back on the day It’s the spirit of hot rodding new millenium style. Keep having fun!

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