Residing behind the passenger...
Residing behind the passenger seat is the intercooler reservoir and a complete fire-suppression system to protect the driver. Safety has always been one of Joel’s main concerns during the build with lifelong friend Angel Padilla behind the wheel.
5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block Dart Iron Eagle, 8.2-in deck height, cast-iron
Displacement 377 ci
Cylinder Heads Trick Flow High Port 225, aluminum
Camshaft Comp Cams, Central Texas Motorsports custom spec
Intake Manifold Edelbrock Super Victor 8.2 EFI w/Wilson 4500 cast elbow
Throttle Body 90mm Accufab
Power Adder Pair of GT-42 76mm Precision Turbochargers
Exhaust CNG, 1-in primary, Stainless Steel
Fuel System 160-lb/hr injectors, Edelbrock fuel rails, Weldon 2035 fuel pump and regulator
Transmission Powerglide prepped by David Key Transmissions
Converter Neal Chance Racing Converters, 10-inch Pro Mod bolt-together w/aluminum drive cover
Rearend 8.8-in factory w/9-in ends and brackets jig-welded by Mike Clark at So. Tex Racecars; Moser 3.27 gears, spool and 35-spline axles; and TA Performance main cap support cover
The SFI25.5 chassis fits cleanly...
The SFI25.5 chassis fits cleanly in the ’93 Mustang body, with lots of extra bars added to ensure driver safety during their 7-second mission. With the intercooler in the back seat, the tubing runs cleanly under the lightweight Kirkey passenger seat, just in case any disbelievers want a ride!
FAST sequential, Auto Meter datalogger, and NLR AMS-1000 boost controller
MSD Digital 7-plus ignition, Pro Billet distributer and HVC II coil
Auto Meter, Pro Comp Series
Chassis and Suspension
Chassis So Tex Racecars, SFI25.5
A-arms AJE K-member and A-arms
Struts AJE, non-adjustable
Wheels Weld Racing, Aluma Star
Tires Mickey Thompson
Brakes Aerospace, four-piston drag brakes
Shocks Strange Engineering coilovers, double-adjustable
Chassis South Tex Racecars, stock type w/coilover brackets
Traction Devices South Tex Racecars anti-squat bar
Wheels Weld Racing, Aluma Star double bead-locks
Tires Mickey Thompson 315/60-15-in drag radial
Brakes Aerospace, four-piston caliper
The MSD Digital 7-plus ignition...
The MSD Digital 7-plus ignition and NLR AMS-1000 boost controller are critical extensions of the FAST sequential tuning software. Super Street Outlaw legend Mike Murillo evaluates all the data from the Auto Meter datalogger and makes the critical adjustments to the boost controller to keep the big drag radials hooked past the 180-mph mark.
The guys from Central Texas...
The guys from Central Texas Motorsports constructed a nasty 5.0-based, 377-cube motor. Avenger 230cc Trick Flow High-Ports top the combo and CNG Fabrication stainless-steel headers feed the twin 76mm Precision turbochargers.
Joel Cura says they would...
Joel Cura says they would never have eclipsed the historical mark without the Tex Mex Mix Posse, which consists of: (top row, left to right) Fido Mendoza, Robert Mancha, David Key, owner Joel Cura, driver Angel Padilla, Severo Cantu; (bottom, left to right) Darius McLaughlin, Carlos Salazar, Ubence Escobar, Ruben Garibay. He also credits getting the bug from turbo pioneer Joe Rivera, the tuning magic of Mike Murillo, and the support of his family—Laura, Aleida, and father, Leonel, may he rest in peace.