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TECH ARTICLES, VEHICLE FEATURES, EVENT COVERAGE & MORE

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Bigger, stronger, faster, louder: this is the only way that we can describe last weekend’s fifth chapter of Shift-S3ctor’s Airstrip Attack in Coalinga, California. One sold-out event, one half mile, two days, and eighty degrees in the middle of the desert. Completely booked Best Western. Two hundred drivers. Twenty-two world-class sponsors. Seven hundred spectators. Fifty media personnel. An average of fourteen hundred horsepower. One hundred seventy mph average trap speeds, and one three-way twerk team. Records were broken, engines were blown, heads were lifted, and GTRs were flipped. This is the event known as Shift-S3ctor’s Airstrip Attack. This is an event you cannot miss.

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When Shift-S3ctor created their very first Airstrip Attack in October 2011, the theory was simple—provide a safe, legal, and competitive atmosphere where they could push their vehicles and themselves to the limit. Throughout the past three years, this event has grown by unsurpassed proportions. What once was a gathering of friends has snowballed into an event that attracts some of the most important names in the automotive performance industry. To many, Shift-S3ctor’s Airstrip Attack has become a proving ground to assert their dominance and to establish or reaffirm their place in this industry. Check out our coverage from the October 2013 Airstrip Attack event.

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From the engine block to the fenders and everything in between, today’s automobiles are an amalgamation of traditional and space-age materials. The push for more efficient vehicles has necessitated the use of new methods and technologies to produce the lightest, strongest components possible.

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The term "tramlining" is being used to describe when directional control is disrupted by the vehicle's tendency to follow the longitudinal ruts and/or grooves in the road. It's name could be compared to the tram or trolley driver who does not steer because his vehicle follows the path established by the tracks.