UPDATE—EKanoo Racing Goes 277.99 mph in a Doors-Slammer
Photos Courtesy of EKanoo Racing
UPDATE: We recently conversed with Shane Tecklenburg, the technical director at EKanoo Racing and he said team driver Khaled Mohammed drove the EKanoo Racing Pro RCF to a record-setting 277.99 mph as the car ran a new best ET of 5.508. He gave a lot of credit to the crew of Jamie Miller, Josh Ledford, Eric Luzinski, and Tim Davis who made some last minute adjustments to the boost controller. New to the team is Mikey Rees as car chief, who is most recently known for his work on the Troy Coughlin Pro Modified team.
There are many corners of the Earth that share the same passion for drag racing as the United States and Australia and one of the more prolific spots in the past several years has been the Persian Gulf region. Drag racing isn’t new in countries like the Kingdom of Bahrain or Qatar but it has certainly seen a surge in its popularity in the past decade. The 2016/2017 Arabian Pro Series has brought together two great drag strips to field an eight race series that is split between the Bahrain International Circuit and Qatar Race Club.
One of the leading teams from the region has been the EKanoo Racing program. Owned by Ebrahim Kanoo, the team is no stranger to going fast or setting records. The team owner gained worldwide notoriety with his affinity for Toyota Supra drag cars and set several records in the past ten years with everything from street cars to a Pro Nitrous racecar that held the record for nearly two years. They set the Pro Import record with a 5.753, which Gary White ran during round two of the 2016/2017 Arabian Pro Series competition last month with the Pro GT86 (HERE).
EKanoo Racing’s latest door-slammer, dubbed the Pro RCF and driven by Khaled Mohammed, is chasing Pro Modified history as the team is trying to become the quickest and fastest door-slammer in the world. With just a handful of outings on the new car, they are on the cusp of history with a 5.519 at 274.70 mph performance, which went down during third race of the current season. That speed mark is the second quickest ever recorded for a door-slammer, a record currently held by Troy Coughlin with a 274.83 mph. The ET mark puts the team number three on the all-time quickest list behind Turki al Zafri (5.461) and Frankie Taylor (5.476).
So, what makes the Pro RCF different than the other cars on the Top 10 Pro Modified list? The chassis was built in-house at EKanoo Racing by its own fabricators, along with the carbon fiber body that was designed to replicate a 2017 Lexus RCF. As most of the technology and racecar construction for fast door-slammers has been sourced from U.S.-based car builders, EKanoo under took the project in Bahrain. Numerous tuners and chassis builders that have flown to the region to work on various race teams have even commented favorably on the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Pro RCF along with other in-house built projects.
As the chassis was built by EKanoo Racing, the engine powering it came from Pro Line Racing and is one of the company’s outlaw Hemi engines. A pair of Precision Gen 2 Pro Mod 94mm turbochargers provides the boost, a stark contrast to other fast Pro Mods that rely on larger turbochargers. The tuning and consulting team consists of Shane Tecklenburg, Jamie Miller, Josh Ledford, Tim Davis, and Eric Luzinski.