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Every year in March, hundreds of the nations baddest high horsepower builds and industry influencers make their way down to the Lone Star State. Located just outside Houston, Royal Purple Raceway has become the new home for the ever anticipated TX2K15.

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For English Racing, this pursuit of perfection has been an ongoing creed for their high performance shop in the Pacific Northwest. The Evo 8, is but one example of the results that can be achieved when a shop hones their craft to the highest level. English Racing seems set on making it clear that they too can be included in the circle of craftsmen who pursue perfection to the point of creating works of art. Make no mistake, the crew at English are craftsmen, capable of fabricating anything you can imagine, and doing it with the level of detail that creates genuinely beautiful pieces.

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While on location at the Hennessey Performance Engineering facility in Sealy, TX, for the event known as TX2K, the weather simply wouldn’t cooperate, so we were forced to pack up and entertain ourselves elsewhere. With our britches drenched, the #TeamRevv gear stashed in the transport and our sights set on the streets of Houston, Revvolution president Ryan Randels decided we had nothing else to lose and struck up a quick conversation with TX2K organizer, Peter Blach. Within a few moments, Peter worked his power of persuasion and convinced John Hennessey, the owner of the American tuning powerhouse, to grant us a brief thirty minutes with his latest creation.

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Dynos⎯You're either all talk or you know for a fact what your ride puts down. After weaving their way through the crowds, gawking at various cars and popping off the rev limiter a few times to turn heads, entrants pulled up to the garage where techs hopped into the driver’s seats and carefully backed up the cars onto the dyno. The cars are then strapped down, fans are turned on and the techs rip off three different runs. The reading is then written onto the running list of makes, models and horsepower. Typically, dynos are used for tuning tools, much like a tape measure is used for building something with precision, but they also double as fabulous competition power measurement devices. Even then, with so many variations and often inflated power readings these days, it's difficult to truly know how much power a car is capable of. Instead of comparing scurrilous dyno sheets, dyno competitions offer up an opportunity to compare real life numbers, while minimizing the variables. This leads to that unquestionable requirement for facts that are a prerequisite for a true contest.

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The term "bolt-on" has become a ubiquitous term among car enthusiasts, and is something Matt Owen has literally no understanding of. At the young age of 28, and the lead fabricator at T1 Race Development out of Rockwall, TX, Matt has had the privilege of building some of the fastest R35 Nissan GT-Rs in the world. That being said, he’s had his dream car in mind for a few years now, and it could not be any less impressive than the cars he works on every day.