Two years ago, Chris “BoostedGT” Hamilton announced he was stepping up his game and building a Big Tire car for the No Prep scene. Long known for his small-tire antics with the yellow 2003 Mustang Cobra, BoostedGT is thrashing on a 2005 Mustang GT to get it ready for several big money races in 2018, including a $100,002-to-win small tire event that is run-whatcha-brung on 28×10.5s and little else in way of rules.
The star of Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaw TV show grabbed an unfinished Outlaw 10.5 project from his girlfriend, Kaylah Morton, and her dad. He explained, “Every time I went over there [his girlfriend’s house], I kept asking questions about the car sitting on the side under an awning. So I struck a deal with them to finish and race it.”
First order of business was to bring the rolling chassis up to Team Z Motorsports, the Michigan-based chassis shop that built his current Mustang. Once fastened to a chassis jig, the master craftsmen of Team Z redid the entire car from the four-link to the front suspension, including adding several bars to fortify it for forthcoming twin turbocharged horsepower. New body parts from Carbon Fiber Manufacturing and Optic Armor windows were also added to keep the weight down.
Powering the S197 Mustang will be a small-block Ford engine not unlike the one that BoostedGT relies on now for winning races. A 417ci short-block was borrowed from Kaylah Morton’s Pro Mod and it has been topped with Brodix Neal cylinder heads, for now. Frankenstein is hard at work on a set of Edelbrock SC1 heads, which should be ready in time for next season. Putting the boost into BoostedGT’s nickname will be a pair of Precision turbochargers, though he was tight-lipped on the sizing. He said the size and type of turbochargers has been a critical component to his success on both the streets and at the track.
BoostedGT shared, “I am at the point where the car needs to be wired. It’s been hard to work on it due to work and the travelling on the weekends to events. I enjoy the wiring so I am looking forward to get it done.”
The new ride will be capable of swapping tires thanks to two sets of RC Components, allowing BoostedGT to pick and choose categories. The plan is to bring both cars to most races and run both of them, with Morton handling the driving chores at select events. Ward Fabrication setup the driver’s seat and shifter to be adjustable in order to accommodate both drivers.
The winter is a short season and BoostedGT is hoping to be testing shortly after the new year with both cars and be ready for an assault on the No Prep in 2018.