CHICAGO – Ford Motor Co. suffered a black eye of sorts a few years back when Mustang enthusiasts charged that the new SVT Cobra wasn’t making the advertised 320 hp. Instead, it was coming up 40-45 hp short, due to excessive backpressure in the exhaust system. Ultimately, the No.2 auto maker voluntarily recalled all ’99 Cobras to replace intake manifolds to provide for better air flow. So John Coletti, chief engineer for Ford Special Vehicle Engineering, was ready for the inevitable ...

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