Keith Drake’s 2015 Mustang GRT
The cleansing pain of selling this custom Mustang is a very literal one. After a passionate lifetime of racing dirt bikes, cars, buggies, motorcycles, and all other kinds of high-speed “bad habits,” Keith Drake had back surgery. To repair the damage he’d done, they fused L 2, 3, 4, and 5 in Keith’s lower back, making lowering down to sit in the cockpit of his glorious MRT-built Mustang GRT a painful, awkward endeavor. A custom MRT build for SEMA 2015, this black and orange Mustang was modded out to be a high-performance track-day jaw-dropper. But as amazing and one-of-a-kind as this build is, Keith knows it’s time to move on.
“It's just brutal because I'm still capable. I'm pretty quick behind the wheel, and I still do quite well on track days. But physically getting in and out of it — I have to squish myself down to get into the cockpit, and it just doesn’t work. It's unfortunate. It's such a cool car. It’s fun to drive and so unique. But I think it’s time for someone else to enjoy it. – Keith Drake
With a four-cylinder engine plus EcoBoost, this Mustang puts out about as many horses as a V8, but it’s also about 600 pounds lighter. That is a racecar-level performance setup — something that Keith is privileged enough to know the feel of well. It’s what makes this Mustang so special. Especially when you run the right tires on it, it drives just like a race car.
“I like BFGoodrich Tires because they're sticky and they last. The equivalents feel like they’re made out of butter. They're sticky, but they have no wear. Being a Ford guy, I've had a couple of Mustangs over the years. I was used to changing tires at 5,000 miles. But this car has 9,100 miles, and look at the pictures: the tires still look pristine!” – Keith Drake