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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-19-2015, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Unexpectedly got a Milan, so I'm making it a race car...

Hello all!

I unexpectedly inherited a 2008 Mercury Milan Premier V6. My Mom recently passed away and left it to my brother and I. My brother didn't want it, so I decided to keep it.

It is a really nice example. It only has 45,000 miles and has been garage kept and well maintained.

Now, I wasn't that excited about this car. To me it isn't a bad looking car, but I assumed that it was fitting of the stereotype of being a old man's car. While I'm not exactly young, I haven't broken 40 quite yet. I just couldn't see how I could enjoy this car. Then I started to do some research and discovered that the Milan is on the CD3 platform that is a derivative of the same platform as a Mazada6. Now, the Mazada6 is a car I kinda like. That's good news! The 3L v6 is actually a decent lump with reasonably high compression, variable valve timing, and 4 valves per cylinder. The suspension has potential with double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear.

I should take a minute and back up and explain that I'm normally a BMW guy. I own a BMW performance shop. I have road raced BMWs, Porsches, and MINI Coopers with SCCA, NASA, BMW Club, and Porsche Club. I'm a bit of a Ford Truck fan, especially of the Triton V10, having owned a V10 Excursion and motorhome built on Ford chassis with the V10.

One thing I love is oddities in the automotive world. My favorite car is the 2001-2002 BMW M Coupe, which is a 2 door hatchback that looks like a bread van and is known as the Clown Shoe. It's an odd car that you either love or hate. Here's mine at Circuit of Americas in Austin:



So knowing that I like odd automotive things and the potential for the Milan to be a decent handling car, I thought why not race it? More specifically run it in NASA Time Trials. For those that are unfamiliar, time trials is kind of like autocross, but on a race track instead of a cone course. You are competing for the best laptime, not wheel to wheel to the finish line.

Time Trials is designed for street cars, so while you can do suspension and drive train upgrades, a roll cage isn't required. Thus a car used for time trials can still be used as a comfortable daily driver on the street. This will be my goal with the Milan: Making it competent on the track, but still comfortable for daily use.

It seems that there is a decent aftermarket for the CD338's. So I have suspension options and easy engine bolt-ons. It also seems like there is room for some 245 width race rubber. The biggest problem is the automatic transmission. Being my Milan is a 2008, I don't have a sport or manual mode. Thus I will have to see what can be accomplished with software or possibly convert it to a manual with the transmission from the Mazada6 or the I4.

Now timing on this project may take a while. I'm currently rebuilding the BMW pictured above. I have several months of work left on it, plus I also have a few things left to do on my MINI Cooper time trials competition car. I just thought I'd introduce myself and share my crazy idea.

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-bj

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-19-2015, 07:06 PM
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I applaud this! I'd love to gut my Fusion someday and make it a full-on track car. Good luck and keep us posted.

Edit- Forgot to mention I am running my Fusion in tbe Midwest Council of Sports Car Clubs high-speed autocross, which is much like what you described. Super-fun awesomeness.

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Cool story (minus the part about your mom passing away, sorry to hear that), good luck with the build!


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-20-2015, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Cool story (minus the part about your mom passing away, sorry to hear that), good luck with the build!
Thanks. I'm sure my Mom would be happy to know I'm enjoying her car.


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I applaud this! I'd love to gut my Fusion someday and make it a full-on track car. Good luck and keep us posted.
It isn't going to be a crazy full on build, because the classing works on a point system. Every mod adds points. After so many points you get pushed up a class. My goal is to make is competitive in TTE. This is one class up from my bone stock class of TTF. TTE is dominated by Miatas. It will be interesting to see how how the Milan fairs agains them. The Miata and Milan tie for suspension. The Miata is lighter, but a lightly mod'd and tuned Milan should have a better power to weight. The Milan can also fit a lot more tire. It should be interesting!

I'm planning a few engine bolt ons, a tune, exhaust, coilovers, big sway bars, adjustable front ball joints for more camber, HAWK DTC-60 race pads, 17x9 wheels with Hoosier R7 rubber in 245/40R17 (a bit shorter than stock for more gearing), lightweight battery, and some weight reduction. That's about all I can do with the points I have avaiable.

If I go up another class, then I can get serious with areo, big brake kit, and more power adders, headers, etc.

I'll have to see how things go with the slush box. If I can't make it work, then I may consider the manual swap. I noticed that the Ford Mondeo ST220 uses the non-VVT version of the 3L. I wonder if that 6 speed manual will fit in the Milan. Importing would suck, but it wouldn't be ther first time I've imported a transmission from Europe. Hmmm....

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Edit- Forgot to mention I am running my Fusion in tbe Midwest Council of Sports Car Clubs high-speed autocross, which is much like what you described. Super-fun awesomeness.
I'm familar with Midwest Council. I started racing in the Midwest. When you get board with those huge autocross courses, there are some great tracks near you. The full course at Autobahn is one of my absolute favorite tracks. There is also Putnam Park, Gingerman, Road America.


Thanks for the support guys! I'm calling it a night. I'm off to Houston in the morning for a World Racing League race. I'll be in a BMW, but I'd much rather be in a FWD or AWD CD3--it's supposed to rain for the entire 12 hours of the race.

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Sorry to hear about your mom passing.

Sounds like you have some good plans with the car. I might be able to help you out with your trans issue.

I came from a Mercury Cougar which stock is a 5-speed manual (MTX-75) and a 2.5L Duratec non VVT. I swapped in a non VVT 3L Duratec from a Taurus. This matches up with the stock manual. This swap is very common in the Cougar/Contour world. There is also the SVT Contour so you can get some nice manifolds, bigger throttle body etc from them. Lots of guys have imported the ST220 manifold and bolted that on their 3L's with some modification.

There is a few blueprinted/balanced race prep Cougars and contours pushing some very nice power out of the 3L.

I would check out NPG (Naultuis Performance Group), newcougar.org and contour.org.

Lots of 3L build threads on there plus if you rip a trans out of the contour/cougar you've got yourself a cheaper alternative then the imported ST220 trans. Unfortunately it's a 5-speed but guys have thrown tons of power at them and they seem to hold without issue. Of course after an updated clutch. You can also get them built up over here. A guy named Terry Haines (sp?) used to do amazing work, I'm not sure if he still does.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2020, 10:44 PM
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I've got a 2008 mercury milan Premier with the 3.0 v6 awd and I'm looking to put some performance in it and was wondering where I can find the parts for it? Kinda wanting to do a rally car setup with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance..

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