Fox Body Drift Stang Is a Hodge Podge of Pure American Muscle

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Dubbed ‘Gives No Fox,’ this 1990 Mustang uses 30 years of Ford tech to become the perfect drift car. 

The Fox Body Mustang may have gone out of production 26 years ago, but it’s enjoyed as rich a second life as any car ever built. We’ve seen them go from hot to hotter (think modified Cobras), blank slates for drag racers, and more recently, kings of the drifting world. In fact, we’ve seen so many Fox Bodies built to go sideways that it’s getting hard to distinguish them. In order to stand apart, you’ve got to make something really special. That’s just what tuner Matt Soppa did with his ’90 Mustang.

Of course, giving the car a name like “Give No Fox,” he wouldn’t want you to think so. But once The Function Factory’s host Charles Siritho lets Matt give the rundown, you can tell that this Fox is something special. “It’s a bit of a Frankenstein car,” he says. Power comes from a 420-horsepower 5.0 Coyote V8 pulled from a 2013 Mustang GT. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual pulled from a 2001 Cobra. And those rear wheels spin thanks to a rear end pulled from a 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. Maximum Motorsports coilovers keep the car good and low. Of course, a hydraulic e-brake gets things sideways, and a New Edge Terminator bumper fits nicely over the front end.

Matt Soppa's 1990 Fox Body Ford Mustang drift car.

To the track

 

Matt says the car is “super fun and easy to put together, and it does really well.” To us, his mashup of Ford parts dating back to the ’80s is like a recipe for an old-school hot rod updated for the 21st century. In short, it’s perfect.

After going over the car, Matt takes it out on Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona and shows the world what Give No Fox can do. Unsurprisingly, it’s a hell of a sight to watch. Then, Charles gets his chance behind the wheel, and is impressed by the car after moving it just 10 feet. Once he gets it out on the track, he says: “This car really feels like a 240.”  For those of you who are unfamiliar, he’s comparing it to the Nissan 240SX, arguably the gold-standard of drift cars. More importantly, that’s an incredibly high compliment.

Matt Soppa's 1990 Fox Body Ford Mustang drift car.

At a time when Fox Bodies are showing up in a big way in the drift world, Give No Fox pretends not to care. It doesn’t work. It’s too good not to notice.

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James Derek Sapienza has worked as a writer and editor in the world of automotive journalism since 2015.

He has a BS in History at SUNY Brockport, with a focus on American popular culture. A fan of the classics with a special interest in German cars, he is a proud owner of a 1991 W124 Mercedes. He is a frequent contributor to Mustang Forums, MBWorld, 5Series, Rennlist, and more.

James can be reached at [email protected]

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