’67 Cougar “Max Effort”

1967 Cougar Max Effort Project Campbell HotRod CorteX Racing

By design, Max Effort tests the limits of a street-legal muscle car with a build focused on dominating a road course.

1967 Mercury Cougar “Max Effort”

Driver: Chris Campbell, CA.

Usage: Street Legal Road Racer

Hot Rod Magazine 67 Cougar Paint it Yourself Cover

Featured Build of Popular Hot Rodding Magazine

The Name Says it All

How far can we push a street legal muscle car in road racing, while keeping a pure vintage vibe?

We wanted Max Effort to have a Trans-Am type look that would appeal to all generations, but with performance on-par with modern track machines. Result? A maximum effort build.


Max Effort Cougar Build

Max Effort makes use of CorteX Racing’s vintage front and rear competition suspension system including the SLA, Watts Link and Coilover set-up along with a complete swap over to a K-member much like modern muscle cars use. This opened up greater options for engine placement.

Xtreme-Grip™ Vintage Radial-X™ Front Suspension System, FSS-10-1000X

Optimized For Competition

Max is packed full of our best tricks and many one-off bits that are integrated so well that they’re often missed on the first pass. For starters, we kept the shape of the stock Cougar flares, but to get the stance where we needed it and fit 18×11 & 18×12 Forgeline GA3R wheels with 315 & 335 tires, custom larger arches were crafted and the whole wheelwell was shifted upward and outward.

The hood and the decklid are both honeycomb composite wrapped in carbon fiber, the bumpers are VFN race glass, and the grille is a single stainless-steel piece, all of which adds up for dramatic weight savings.

We also moved the drivetrain back 9-inches and down three inches to get better weight distribution and allow the GT40 style hood vents to swoop down and butt up to the radiator. That also allowed us to duct the air box directly into the cowl NASCAR style. [more on this, see Hot Rod link below]


Mods

ENGINE
Type: 438ci Ford Windsor, build by Ford Performance Solutions
Block: Dart aluminum
Rotating Assembly: Forged RPM International crank and rods, forged Ross Racing pistons
Cylinder Heads: Ford Performance Solutions Avenger XTC 351-C CNC
Camshaft: Custom solid roller by COMP Cams
Valvetrain: Custom T&D shaft rocker system, COMP Cams pushrods and roller lifters
Induction: Edelbrock intake retrofitted with EFI
Exhaust: Custom tuned length headers by RCI Headers (rest under construction)
Ignition: MSD billet distributor, FAST XFI 2.0, FAST crank trigger & coil
Oiling: Aviaid 3-stage dry sump

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Rockland Standard Gear T56 Tranzilla
Bellhousing: Lakewood Quicktime
Clutch: Centerforce DYAD
Flywheel: Centerforce steel

Clutch hydraulics: RAM
Clutch pedals: Wilwood hanging
Driveshaft: Custom Driveline Specialties 3.5-inch steel
Rearend: Custom CorteX Racing/Speedway Engineering Grand National Floater
Axles: Speedway Engineering crowned & gun drilled
Gears: Motive Gear 4.11
Differential: Eaton Detroit TrueTrac

CHASSIS
Front Suspension: CorteX Racing SLA and removable tubular K-member with CorteX Severe Duty control arms, CorteX antiroll bar, CorteX Radial X spindles, and Koni/Eibach coilovers, rack and pinion
Rear Suspension: CorteX Racing extended lower control arms, watts link, and adjustable torque arm with Koni/Eibach coilovers
Brakes: Baer Brakes 6R 6-piston monoblock calipers and 14-inch two-piece rotors front & rear
Custom stainless-steel plumbing, Wilwood master cylinders
Custom 10-point rollcage by Kertz Fabrication

WHEELS | TIRES

Wheels: 18×11 & 18×12 Forgeline GA3R with titanium hardware
Tires: 315/30 & 335/30

INTERIOR
Spek gauges in modified stock cluster and dash
Flaming River motorsport steering column: Flaming River steering wheel

BODYWORK | PAINT
Custom honeycomb composite/carbon fiber hood and decklid
Custom steel fender flares
Custom mini-tubs
Custom firewall
Custom airbox with venting into cowl
Custom front floorpans & trans tunnel
Custom VFN fiberglass bumpers
Custom stainless-steel grille
Paint & Body: Wild Wes Paintworks


Featuring Xtreme-Grip™ Vintage Suspension


Popular Hot Rodding – Featured Build Editions

PHR- 1967 Mercury Cougar – Street-Friendly Comp Cage

We show you how to combine safety and style for the ultimate streetable rollcage.

hotrod.com

PHR- Project Max Effort 1967 Cougar Three-piece Splined Sway Bars – Control The Roll!

We show you how to upgrade to a splined sway bar in any car! hotrod.com


PHR- Max Effort 1967 Cougar Engine Placement – Position Of Power

We set the optimum location and angle for the driveline in our ’67 Cougar project car.

hotrod.com

PHR- 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7

Project Max Effort Starts Reassembly At Horsepower Connection!

hotrod.com

Keep up with Chris:


Stay in the Know


Shop by Vehicle


Respective Media © 2020 Hot Rod | MOTOR TREND GROUP, LLC.

mmmm