Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 4, 2019

The tires dig into the track and the car lurches forward. The 10-speed automatic starts banging off the shifts and the Gen 3 Coyote never leaves the sweet spot of its powerband as the ProCharger P-1X whooshes the intercooled boost to keep the party going. Before you can count to 10, Chase Lautenbach’s 2019 Mustang blistered the quarter mile in 9.6 seconds at 148 mph — and he is just getting started.

Having founded the popular Street Car Takeover racing series, Chase and his partner Justin Keith are all about going fast, but this particular project went from factory fresh to four digits in the blink of an eye. In fact, it still had paper tags on it when it crossed the modern performance-cred threshold of 1,000 horsepower at the wheels, and by the time these pictures were snapped it had just turned the odometer to, you guessed it, 1,320 miles.

“It’s a 2019 with less than 1,500 miles on it and 500 miles are from picking the car up in Houston and driving it home to Oklahoma City to start the build — and we are already this far with the car,” Chase told us.

It wasn’t a direct path to building a potent, boosted, quarter-mile machine for him, however. Having grown up around the road course and high-end Euro machines, Chase definitely had the need, the need for speed. “I first got into cars with my dad. He is a huge car guy as well, especially with Porsches and road racing,” Chase explained. “We have been going to the track together since I was a baby and haven’t stopped yet! Our family vacation is going to Road America, literally our favorite place on earth, twice a year to drive our 911s up there.”

Clean and sharp in Velocity Blue, this S550 looks the part of a fast machine, but gets it done with a short list of carefully selected mods. “The simplicity,” Chase Lautenbach said of what makes him proud of his 2019 Ford Mustang combo. “The build on the car is so basic yet it goes fast and its pretty low maintenance.” And basic it is. Just bolt-on power adders and supporting hardware push the stock-engine Mustang to mid-nines at nearly 150 mph.

As anyone reading this knows, however, once the speed demon cast its spell on you, it doesn’t restrict you to one way of going fast. In fact, many enthusiasts like to try several disciplines, even if one of them becomes their main source of adrenaline. Such was the case for Chase, as it didn’t take long hanging around with the straight-line crowd before he started building cars for the quarter-mile.

“I think it was just kind of natural progression of wanting to try everything car-related,” Chase said. “And hanging out and working with my boys at 1320 Video, it’s completely addictive. If you hang around it enough and you just have to try it yourself.”

It is indeed addictive, but his latest straight-line missile came together at the urging of the same company that builds the blower under its hood. Chase already had inkling that the latest S550 was a goer, but once the power-adder giant gave him a nudge, it was on like Donkey Kong.

“I was actually at SEMA talking with Erik Radzins and Ken Jones from ProCharger and they were asking me when I was going to build another car, I actually replied ‘I’m not sure really but if I did I would probably buy a new Mustang,’ and they told me I should, so I did,” Chase laughed.

Looks can be deceiving. Just a ProCharger P-1X, and if you look closely, a Nitrous Outlet plate work under the direction of a Lund Racing calibration to push this stock Gen 3 Coyote 5.0-liter beyond 1,000 horsepower. A fuel system consisting of Fore Innovations twin pumps, an Aeromotive regulator, and DeatschWerks 95 lb/hr injectors fuels this power. So far the combo has delivered 9.60s on the quarter-mile (without nitrous), and Chase says “It is crazy how tame it can be. I would drive it to Florida from Oklahoma City without thinking twice.

Obviously a ProCharger P-1X got the nod to boost the Gen 3 Coyote under the hood of the latest Mustang. Topping off that potent pairing is a Nitrous Outlet plate system delivering a 50-horse shot. A pair of Stainless Works long-tube headers and an MBRP exhaust lets the combo breathe and the results are impressive. It puts down 901 on boost and over 1,000 when Chase hits the button.

“I’ve been watching my local shop DDR Concepts/Shelby Killer Performance build some pretty awesome new Mustang and F-150 builds lately,” Chase explained. “I noticed they were using a lot of the companies that sponsor the Street Car Takeover series that Justin and I run, so we kind of had them follow their basic recipe but go a bit more overboard on mine.”

“We at Street Car Takeover like to party! We have always been huge fans of ProCharger and Nitrous Outlet,” Chase added. “The combo just works and keeps things simple! We made huge power, over 1,000, with stuff any guy can just pick up the phone and order. They are huge supporters of Street Car Takeover as well. We just love working with those who support us and the sport!”

While the factory Gen 3 Coyote and 10R80 trans are a robust pairing, they don’t like to party quite as much as Chase does. Eventually he found some weak points in the factory trans, which showed up on the track.

Out back, Weld Racing S77 wheels wear beadlocks and Mickey Thompson ET Street R rubber to plant the power transmitted through the Brett Lasala-prepped 10R80 auto trans and factory Super 8.8 bolstered by GForce Engineering halfshafts. And, yeah, this street car has a parachute.

“Trying to get the car to shift into Fourth while we are spraying it. I lost in the finals at Street Car Takeover Tucson in the Street Racer Mild class,” Chase confessed. “I couldn't get the car to go into Fourth because we had cooked the clutches spraying the car. The stock clutches were not a fan of the instant power/torque the nitrous made, but now that Brett put better/more clutches in she is ready to go!”

The Brett in question is known for making today’s automatic transmissions robust and repeatable. He learned to do so by pushing the limits with his own turbochargers, Snot Rocket Mustang and has become a guru for racers running Mustangs with automatic transmissions.

“So far I would have to say the biggest challenge of building the car would be getting the clutches in the 10-speed auto to hold up to the power the car is making,” Chase said. “Now that we have Brett Lasala from MS Racing working on my trans things have been great and holding the power!”

While it may have been a challenge to get it to survive four-digit horsepower at the dragstrip, the automatic transmission has been a performance revelation from the moment it arrived under the Mustang in 2018.

An RPM Roll bar and Kirkey racing seats keep Chase safe when he competes in the Street Car Takeover Street Racer Class, where it has run mid-nines thus far. He hopes to run eights with the stock engine before stepping up to a built engine, a bigger ProCharger and more.

“It’s a completely different beast. The 10-speed makes the car in my opinion. I’ve had a lot of fast cars; a 900+horsepwer AWHP Evo X, a 750-horsepower boosted Viper, an 820-horsepower nitrous Viper, and multiple Porsches, but I think the simplicity of the build making big power and 10-speed really set this car apart from the other cars I’ve owned.”

The modern auto trans not only keeps the boosted and juiced 5.0-liter in its powerband happy place for the duration of a pass, but it helps put the power to the ground more smoothly in conjunction with a bolstered factory IRS setup. It also doesn’t hurt that the blower’s linear power augmentation starts pouring on after the car is already moving out.

“It’s unlike any of the other cars I’ve had. This is the first big-power auto car I've ever owned... and lets just say I have sipped the Kool-Aid,” he laughed. “The way this car 60-foots is epic...”

It does so thanks to all the UPR goods in the rear suspension matched up with a set of Viking double-adjustable shocks. All together, these parts help the factory IRS plant beadlocked Weld S77 17x10-inch wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson ET Street R tires. “Making a pass in a 10-speed car, it just bangs through the gears and never leaves the powerband,” Chase elaborated. “It’s kind of weird watching video and hearing how many times it shifts, but up on the big end when the car clicks Sixth gear, that ProCharger is really singing!”

Chase credits David Duggan at DDR Concepts for putting together this potent combo.

Chase hopes the tune it has will eventually sing an 8-second pass on the stock Coyote 5.0-liter engine. He is willing to push it to the brink to get there, knowing that he is ready to take this project to the next level.

“I plan to add a built motor, a bigger ProCharger, more nitrous, and likely a Powerglide, depending on how far we can push the 10R80,” Chase added. “I would like the car to be consistently running 8.50s and be able to drive anywhere!”

Having set out to show that fans of his events could come out at run in a class like the Street Car Takeover Street Racer Class where he runs with a street supercharger and a little nitrous, Chase pulled that off with ease, so achieving his next goal shouldn’t be too far off.

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Photography by Kevin Cox