In the drag-race arena, you either keep up or get left behind. If a racer stays with a car or combination too long, they'll be off pace within a year. For that reason, racers are always changing combinations, updating suspensions, and going to the extreme of building new cars to run ahead of the pack.
We've seen many racers totally revamp an existing car, like Chris Tuten did a couple years for Super Street Outlaw, but on the whole, racers usually start over to stay ahead. Here recently, perennial Mustang drag racer Tim Matherly chose to start from scratch to defend his '09 Real Street championship.
Tim has always been at the wheel of Mustangs. This time, however, it's with a totally new chassis design. Naturally he's working with some of the best in the business to help him stay at the top of his game.
This is the first of a short series of articles showing the car's progression from body-in-white to full-fledged, championship-defending racecar. Check out the captions for all the details.