Dustin Rose’s X275 Shelby GT500 Build Update!

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It wasn’t too long ago that we introduced you to Dustin Rose: a man with a vision, and with a 2013 Shelby GT500. At the time he had shared his undertaking of a new project: transforming the beauty of a ‘13 GT500 into a beast of an X275 machine. Some called him a mastermind and praised him on being courageous with such an impressive project, others called him outlandish. Regardless, his X275 Shelby build is in full swing and he has been in touch with us to share some of the exciting updates that the car has seen recently.

Dustin Rose's 2013 GT500 before undergoing surgery to become an x275 car.

Dustin Rose’s 2013 GT500 before undergoing surgery to become an x275 car.

For those that may be hearing of Rose and his GT500 for the first time, let us fill you in on some background info to get you up to speed on this remarkable and unique build. Dustin, having taken ownership of his coveted dream car in the summer of 2012, posted a best time of 10.21 in the car. This didn’t satisfy him, and he then became a man on a mission to convert the Shelby into an X275 machine with goals of seeing high 4 second 1/8th mile times.

Currently, the car is sitting with a completed and certified 25.3 cage by Darrin of Fast Chassis in Mt. Washington, Kentucky. “I must say the attention to detail that Darrin and London Chassis Dyno has put into this thing is absolutely incredible. I honestly don’t know how it could be improved. The fitment is spot on and tight enough that you can’t put a finger between the bars and panels, even to go as far as to re-primer and seal everything with the original Ford color and sealer,” shared Rose. Also from Fast Chassis is a custom built 9-inch housing and suspension links.

IMAG0926_1_zps323a4b26MMR (Modular Mustang Racing) has been hard at work on the engine, just finishing up a custom built intake for the fully built 5.8L aluminum Shelby block. Lil Johns Motorsports Solutions provided Dustin with the latest and greatest piece from Forced Inductions which is their new ETR-HO 88mm billet wheel GT55 midframe. Dustin plans for the car to make its grand debut running in the Street Outlaw class at the NMRA World Finals, although the class allows for a more radical setup the car will be showing up in full x275 trim. Dustin wants to get as much testing in as possible before truly stepping into the x275 ranks next year.
“Lil John’s Motorsports Solutions has really helped us out with the turbo selection and as always Chad Epperson of London Chassis Dyno continues to work his ass off to bring it all together and make it happen. I can’t thank enough everyone who has put so much effort in on this thing,” said Rose, praising those that have helped him get this far.

While Dustin’s GT500 continues the transformation we will be anxiously awaiting the unveiling at the NMRA World Finals in October at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Until then you can follow his build thread on Yellowbullet and watch for updates and more sneak peeks of this monster machine in the making!

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Tabitha Sizemore

From building and racing her own car to track photography and sponsoring races, Tabitha has her hand in a little bit of everything when it comes to drag racing.
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