Australian drag racing standout Paul Mouhayet, well known in his native land for the exploits of he and his Moits Racing team for laying down out-of-this-world numbers with their twin-turbocharged 2004 Ford Mustang, gained international notoriety when he powered his way to the fastest speed ever recorded on a set of 10.5W tires in August of last year at over 250 miles per hour, doing so in less than six seconds.
A harrowing on-track incident just a couple of months later sidelined the team, led by Michael Moit and his brothers, George and Tony, as they made repairs to the damaged race car. But unbeknownst to the rest of the racing world, they were also making tracks toward a new racing venture that would pit them against the quickest and fastest doorslammers the sport has to offer.
With a connection to the stateside chassis builder through their Australian partner, GD Race Cars, the Moits team commissioned Tim McAmis Race Cars in Missouri to construct a brand new, state-of-the-art Pro Modified machine, employing the most high-tech, lightest weight components on the market with one goal in mind: adding to their legacy as a team that pushes performance boundaries to new heights with a take-no-prisoners mindset.
With that, the TMRC crew got to work assembling the new machine, which features an incredibly slick 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby Super Snake body that was originally designed by Mike Moran and his Moran Motorsports, and formed in-house by the company’s Velocity Composites division.
“We chose to have Tim build the car, as GD race Cars is a reseller of their components and is the shop we use for our chassis tuning on our 10.5 car. The whole crew at Tim McAmis Race Cars has been a dream to work with during this process. I’ve made some changes to the plan along the way and it’s never been a problem with them — I’d build another car with them in a heartbeat,” said Mouhayet.
The chassis is the first of its kind out of the McAmis shop, built specifically for the turbocharged engine combination, and features a host of lightweight parts, including a titanium firewall, titanium back half, TMRC’s gorgeous billet rear end housing, carbon fiber wheelie bars, and carbon fiber thoughout the interior, including the wheel tubs, the floor, and the parachute and fire bottle handles.
In another first, TMRC has fabricated an adjustable pedal assembly in the car, which makes possible incremental forward and back adjustment of the throttle and brake pedal, with roughly six inches of overall travel in 1/2-inch increments. Likewise, the brake pedal linkage to the master cylinder is adjustable in length, making for quick and easy adjustment of the entire assembly.
With quarter-mile racing on tap in Australia and speeds in excess of 260 miles per hour likely, TMRC has also beefed the chassis up around the driver with additional tubing beyond the basic SFI specifications for added safety. The build also employs one of Racetech’s lightweight full-containment carbon fiber racing seats — a staple of TMRC’s high-end race cars.
Resting between the framerails is Pro Line Racing’s world-conquering 481X billet big block powerplant, capable of producing more than 4,000 horsepower when paired with a set of Precision turbochargers. This is the very same engine combination that Pro Line’s own Eric Dillard and the El General Racing Team took to the quickest eighth-mile turbocharged pass in history at 3.56-seconds and the fastest speed ever by any doorslammer in the eighth-mile at 221 miles per hour. The engine combination is backed by a Rossler turbo 400 automatic transmission, utilizing a Reid Racing aftermarket case.
Jeff Hoskins applied the paint, that’s set off with subtle, carbon fiber patterned silver stripes down the center of the car, with the paint design and lettering performed by Tyrant Productions.
Mouhayet still holds the world record for 10.5W-equipped race cars with his 252.95 MPH blast, which came in conjunction with an elapsed time of 5.990-seconds. Their current car, soon to be joined by the new Super Snake, was originally built in the states, and is also powered by a Pro Line 481X with a Rossler. Freshly rebuilt, the car carries sponsorship from BOSS Buckets, CV Performance, GD Race Cars, Abal Towing, and Thornleigh Auto Body.
Mouhayet and company are planning to begin testing of the new car in the coming weeks, with a planned debut at the inaugural Street Car Super Nationals in St. Louis in August, before the car is shipped down under for competition in a class known as Extreme Outlaw. In the meantime, Moits Racing has every intention of continuing to push the limits of their Outlaw 10.5 car.
Said Mouhayet, “The 10.5 car is on the edge but we aren’t giving up on that yet. Our next aim is the elapsed time record of 5.94 that’s held by Brad Brand.”
Once the new TMRC car hits the track, Moits Racing and Mouhayet will take on a whole new crop of racers from around the globe, with every intention of making their mark in the record books.
“John Stanley, who holds the quarter-mile elapsed time record for a doorslammer, is a good friend of mine, and we want to show him and these other blower guys that we can mix it up with them,” said Mouhayet. “Eric Dillard and Steve Petty proved they can on several occasions in the last few months in Qatar and in the United States.
“We want to take those numbers they put down in the eighth-mile and drive this car out the back and see what we can do.”
The Moits brothers and their family-owned Moits Excavation business will serve as the primary sponsor on the new Pro Modified Mustang, and Con and Vic at CV Performance in Australia will handle the tuning duties. GD Race Cars, a regular customer of Tim McAmis Performance Parts, will join Mouhayet in maintaining the stunning machine.
Mouhayet suggested the team may leave the car in the states for the second of two Street Car Super Nationals, in Las Vegas, later in the year. As well, if they can find interested marketing partners, the possibly remains that the car could stay to compete in additional events before heading back to Australia. As well, the team is entertaining at trip to Qatar next winter for the Arabian Drag Racing League, to compete alongside Dillard and the rest of the Pro Line gang.
I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this beast,” Mouhayet stated empathetically. We certainly can’t blame him, although we can’t bear the thought of but a single scratch on a Mozart painting on wheels, which is precisely what TMRC has delivered in the build-up of this immaculate piece.