Inside, a full stripped-out interior includes cage, harnesses, fire suppression system, and racing seats. Around back, a fuel cell feeds the V-8 up front. To remain competitive on the vintage racing circuit, the Cougar wears a special suspension with Koni dampers and upgraded rear leaf-springs. At all four corners, disc brakes were substituted for the original system.
The current owner acquired the car in the January 2009 Russo and Steele auction and has used it occasionally since. The 347ci Ford V8 was built in 2015 by RC Performance in Huntington Beach, California with a Dart Iron Eagle block, JE pistons, AFR aluminum heads, and more as detailed below. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed Ford Toploader transmission and 9″ rear end with a limited-slip differential. Other details include a 6-point roll cage, Kirkey racing seat, Safecraft fire suppression system, disc brakes all around, and 15″ Torque Thrust wheels.