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This 2011 Mustang GT is Built to Fly Under the Radar and Terminate Unsuspecting Prey on the Track
The Stealth Fighter
When Sharad Raldiris of Lehigh Acres, Florida, bought this 2011 Mustang GT in October of 2013, he already had the ownership of thirty Mustangs under his belt. The self-proclaimed sufferer of “automotive ADD” deals with an issue dear to many of our hearts. He builds cars and quickly sells them to move onto something new.
Raldiris daily drives a 1986 Mustang 5.0L and has another four-eye that he plans to turn into a drag car, but he had interesting plans for the 2011. “I usually build them into drag cars,” he tells us, “but this time I wanted something more versatile like a GT500, only better. I think I nailed it.”
He continues, “I didn’t just want impressive speeds. I wanted a usable car that is fully functional. Last year I drove it two hours to Palm Beach International Raceway, ran 10s on pump gas, and drove it home. The following week I drove it to Sebring and didn’t have any trouble keeping up with super cars. I also drive it to car shows all over the country. I drove it 10 hours to NMRA Atlanta, and I plan to drive it to Myrtle Beach for Mustang Week.”
The stock 302 sits beneath the hood of The Stealth Fighter, bored 0.010 over and stuffed with Diamond forged pistons and Manley H-beam connecting rods. The 10:1 compression engine was built by MPR Racing Engines of Boynton Beach, Florida. The stock cylinder heads were equipped with a PAC valve spring and retainer kit and ARP studs with an MPR-honed torque plate, before the Mustang was graced with a ProCharger D-1SC Stage 2 supercharger producing 13 pounds of maximum boost. The supercharger features an open race blow off valve and eight-rib drive with ATI balancer, and a ProCharger Stage 2 sheetmetal intercooler. The PMAS HPX-F mass air was relocated to the throttle-body inlet tube.
“The mass air system was flow-tested at PMAS for proper mass air transfer, which is necessary for a perfect tune,” explains Raldiris.
A JMS fuel pump booster helps deliver adequate pump gas to the 60-pound injectors from Deatschwerks. Speaking of tunes, Jim LaRocca of Monroe Township, New Jersey, handled that portion of the build.
Exhaust is carried through American Racing Headers 1 7/8-inch full-length headers with Jet-Hot 2500 ceramic coating before entering a 3 1/2-inch X-pipe from ARH, and finally Magnaflow street mufflers. Raldiris shifts the Mustang through its stock manual six-speed transmission combined with a Ram Force 9.5 Dual 300-Series Disc clutch with a McLeod braided clutch cable. Ford Racing 3.73 gears reside in the rear.
The suspension features Air Lift Performance 30-way adjustable struts with air lift bags, and an Eibach adjustable sway bar up front. In the rear, UPR Products Pro Street Double Adjustable upper and lower control arms reside with the same Air Lift Performance 30-way adjustable struts and bags and another Eibach sway bar. UPR also provided the double adjustable Panhard bar and brace.
Raldiris says, “I named the car The Stealth Fighter because it is both subtle and aggressive. It doesn’t scream, ‘Look at me!’ It flies under the radar. But the more you look at it, the more you can see that it is an outrageous machine. It drives that way as well—at part throttle it is very quiet just cruising around town. But as soon as you lay into the pedal it is a rocket ship!”
Stealth mode is achieved with a variety of aftermarket additions. Sitting in all four corners are 20-inch Forgeline GA1R open-lug race wheels (finished in transparent smoke) wrapped in Nitto Invo rubber up front and Mickey Thompson drag radials in the rear. Baer 14-inch six-piston brakes supply the braking power at the top of the quarter-mile.
“The car corners like it’s on rails with the UPR and Air Lift suspension, stops on a dime with its Baer brakes, and accelerates like a race car,” says Raldiris.
UPR billet swag (antenna, fuel door, and 5.0 emblems) gives the Mustang a clean look. Diode Dynamics HIDs shine through Raxiom smoked projector headlights, matching the taillights. A GT500 spoiler was added, as were Boss front and rear valances, a Ford Racing World Challenge splitter, and a Roush grille and side splitters. The satellite antenna was custom-smoothed, as was the faux gas cap, before the windows and lenses were tinted.
The car has run a best of 10.89 seconds at 128 mph with a 1.63-second 60-foot. Raldiris told us the build makes around 700 hp. He also told us that he has quite a few people to thank for their help with the Mustang, including his father, his wife, Mark at UPR Products, Jim LaRocca, Ike at MPR Racing Engines, Todd at Forgeline, Rick at Baer, and Jeremy at Air Lift. He says, “I was blessed with a great group of friends who turned my vision into reality!”