Brad Bowling
August 1, 2006

Rudy's jet cockpits aren't nearly as comfortable as the Shadrach interior, which features a six-point chromoly rollcage, leather-wrapped Recaro front seats (with air and heat!), matching rears, G-Force five-point harnesses and a carbon-fiber dash. Each front seat bears the embroidered signature of Hubert Platt and Randy Payne. A Delphi heads-up display keeps the driver's eyes aimed down the road, but can pass along all important information such as speed and engine RPM at a glance.

The jaw-dropping, head-turning exterior does not contain a single off-the-shelf part; PPM designed and tweaked everything for maximum functionality. Its unique front bumper cover, which incorporates an aerodynamic carbon-fiber air splitter and billet grille, gives the Shadrach the face of a predator. Its raised hood is an organic sculpture in carbon fiber that sprouts twin air inlet scoops in front, then displays the turbo engine's polished aluminum intake like a pair of Best of Show trophies. Flared fenders beef up the wheel openings, but are so well integrated that they seem like part of the factory design. Side skirts molded in carbon-fiber hide all but the outlets of the side exhaust pipes. A Pro Stock adjustable wing and lower air diffuser maintain clean airflow as the Shadrach carves its way through the atmosphere. And they look really, really cool.

Ford's factory paint gets covered with a layer of pearl and many coats of clear. All Shadrach hoods are adorned with the unique wings/flames logo, and the P&P editions wear special "The Going Thing" white stripes - all applied by paint before the clear goes on. No stickers here.

Mike Langston, the dynamo behind PPM, is confident he can produce and sell 70 of the Platt & Payne cars before switching to "regular" Shadrach production in his Powder Springs, Georgia, shop. At $175,000 a copy, the Platt & Payne Signature Edition Shadrach is easily the most expensive limited-production late-model Mustang we've come across in our travels. That kind of disposable income could just as easily buy a Ford GT supercar and a loaded Mustang GT, or maybe you would like a new Shelby G.T. 500 coupe, G.T. 500 convertible, loaded Mustang GT and a truck/trailer combo to pull them around for the same money.

Mike has set himself a pretty lofty goal, we thought at first, but three days of exposure to the former Automobile Racing Club of America (Southern All-Star series) driver's contagious enthusiasm has weakened our skeptical immune system. We think he's on to something. He has an operation and a motivation unlike any we've ever seen.

"This whole idea started in December 2004 because PPM did some modifications on Randy Payne's NHRA Firebird drag car," Mike said. "Randy and I talked about how we would both like to see a modern version of The Going Thing Super Stock cars based on the new Mustang. From there, it just took on a life of its own."

The Shadrachs were developed and built as part of a youth program Mike runs where teenagers learn auto mechanics and racing, an altruistic angle that convinced Platt to also lend his name to the project. Every Thursday night eager young students turn wrenches, swap parts and change fluids before heading out to the shop's go-kart track for two hours of oval, road course and drag racing. A portion of Platt & Payne Signature Edition sales go toward a building fund so the Thursday fun nights can expand. When we visited the Shadrach shop late one evening after our photo shoot, we saw the line's prototype and four customer cars on lifts ranging from freshly stripped to nearly complete. That quartet alone should buy quite a few bricks for the new youth center.