MotorSports at Shift S3ctor Airstrip Attack
benefits of working for Evolution MotorSports are the weekends. “Everybody’s working for the weekend,” was
the mantra that Lover Boy engrained into our heads back in the early 80’s. This mindset, like everything in life, means
different things to different people.
Here at EVOMS the weekends bring circuit track time, mile long solo drag
runs and most recently ½ mile roll-on side-by-side drag racing! On the list of cool things to do with some of
the world’s fastest Porsches, those three rank very, very high. Last weekend was no exception.
joined the boys over at Shift S3ctor for a few track events, but this was the
first Airstrip Attack that we participated in.
The Airstrip Attack is one of our beloved roll-on side-by-side ½ mile
drag race events. In normal EVOMS
fashion we cannot show up with squirt guns and silly string, this event called
for participation from our super-secret EVOMS Special Ops division. After the results from this weekend, the
secret is out.
This two day
event started with a Tuner Shootout. The
grid was littered with Nissan GTRs, Ford GTs, along with other foreign and
domestic muscle. Our entry into the
Tuner Shootout was our beloved and royally abused 997TT appropriately dubbed
“Mayhem.” She started life as a
bone-stock 997TT and was the test bed for every single 997TT product and
package we offer. As with any narcotic,
this slippery slope lead her to the life she lives today. Powered by an EVOMS Special Ops 4.0 liter
engine, a couple of little turbochargers, a whole bunch of fuel to give it
forward progress and with all of this we claim 1,500 horsepower… but as for the
real number? A gentleman never asks and
a lady never tells.
ended with a beautiful sunset off of the runway and a first place trophy to add
to Mayhem’s collection when we ran away from a 1,000+ horsepower GTR running on
E85. We will not rub it in, but even
running Mayhem with all four tires putting power to the ground we had
significant traction issues on the far from prepped tarmac. Because of this we brought the boost down to
2 bar. To put this in perspective we
normally run the car at 2.62 bar but we have the fuel and motor to run 3.1 bar
when the competition gets close. Now on
to day two.
morning meant cold track temps and further traction issues. We were joined by one of our Special Ops
members simply known as Stacey. Some of
you may remember him, probably the hard way, from the most recent Texas
Invitational as the 6-Speed champion.
His 996 GT2 is all business, but has the cleanliness and presentation of
a show car. It is powered by a 3.8 liter
EVOMS Special Ops engine, a couple little turbochargers and enough fuel to make
NASA proud. A few warm-up passes got
Stacey’s GT2 and Mayhem ready to do battle in the Euro class on Sunday.
After a few
serious battles, our worst nightmare happened… Stacy’s GT2 and Mayhem were to
run to heads up for the title of fastest Euro car at the Airstrip Attack. This is exciting and horrifying at the same
time. This means we solidified first and
second place, but do we give the nod to one of our best customers or do we see
what the cars can really do? After a
telepathic conversation from underneath helmet visors the latter was decided. Now the speculation begins… Stacey has less
power but weighs 800lbs less. Mayhem is
all wheel drive where Stacey just has the rear two putting power to the
ground. Who will get the jump? Who will get the traction? Because these are proper cars without video
game gearboxes, will someone miss a shift?
nailed the start, both cars hooked up and Stacey took an early lead with his
weight advantage. Both drivers were
spot-on with their shifts and slowly Mayhem started to reel in Stacey. These cars yearn for 4th, 5th
and 6th gears and with the layout of this race; this is where they
get to live. The finish cone was passed
and no one knew who won, not even the drivers.
Like EVERY Hollywood racing flick it came down to the cliché photo finish. Mayhem took it by a bumper. All in all it was an exceptional
weekend. EVOMS cars won every class we
entered and we came home with a few shiny new trophies.
to the EVOMS Special Ops division and Stacey for representing the worldwide
Evolution MotorSports family. Thank you
to the boys at Shift S3ctor for putting on a great West Coast event. Finally a huge thanks to our supporting
vendors for making these two cars what they have become. They are:
ADV.1 Wheels, Toyo Tires, ProEFI, Injector Dynamics, T1 Race Development
and many, many others! Also, all of the
EVOMS employees, customers, vendors, partners and affiliates worldwide. Because of you all we get to enjoy many