We are going to start off by saying this wasn’t an NMRA-legal run but that doesn’t matter to us because Rich Bruder is flat-out haulin’ in his 1993 Mustang GT. The Bruder Brothers operate one of the most feared X275 rides and rightfully so because they have tapped the talent pool of Mustang Mike Modeste—a Mustang racer who has been going fast since the beginning days of the Mustang madness of the 1990s. Modeste and the Bruder’s are no strangers to X275 action as the last few years they have been in the thick of the hunt. Their run this past weekend during MIR’s Outlaw Drag Radial Appreciation day has certainly changed the standards by which all X275 racers are measured. The ProCharger F1X-powered ride unleashed a 4.64 at 159 mph. That’s right, 1-5-9 mph! They ran several 157 mph performances and popped off the 159 during round 1 of eliminations under excellent track and weather conditions.
This isn’t the first bottom 4.60s we’ve seen in X275 trim as a Chevy-powered Mustang belonging to the one nicknamed King Jack unleashed a 4.62 a week earlier, also at MIR, making it an unoffical record because it was in testing and not in competition. We have no doubt that the MIR facility is second-to-none in track prep for the radial warriors. The Bruder Mustang recently received a new top-half to help the F1X breath easier and it consists of Bennett billet heads and a new Marcella sheetmetal intake manifold. Will we see the 4.50-zone entered before the season ends? If we were betting people, which some of us are, all bets lean towards Yes.