This is Shift S3ctor's Airstrip Attack. You have two days of sanctioned racing down the strip at the New Coalinga Municipal Airport in central California. Drivers get a half-mile to push their cars to the limit of power and speed and compare themselves with other contenders. The vehicles competing here are built by some of the biggest names in the industry—the crème de la crème of the racing world. This is certainly the place to be if you want to see state-of-the-art technology in some superbly tuned vehicles.
Back in April, we covered the Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack, where we sponsored the Domestic Class Winner. When we first arrived, we noticed all the usual high-powered American suspects—Ford GTs, Camaros, Mustangs, and Corvettes—but one car in particular stood out. We were positive that the Twin Turbo Ford GT nicknamed the “Black Mamba” would be the car to beat and also the one we featured. We couldn’t have been more wrong.
One thing Team Revvolution has noticed from our most recent high-speed airstrip events (e.g., Shift-S3ctor’s Airstrip Attacks and the Texas Mile) is that many participants compete with Ford GTs. What is it about the coveted supercar that has made it such a popular choice at these events? Perhaps it’s an automobile that is near perfect from the factory, yet has so much potential for modifications. Even famed Texas tuner Hennessey Performance set a new Texas Mile Record (in a GT) last year and has since broken that record twice (257.7 mph and 263.3 mph in 2012, 267.7 mph in 2013). This is a look at the heritage and modified development of the Ford GT.
This past weekend we once again ventured down to the Lone Star State for something we’ve heard much about—an event that is held in such high regard that it’s invite only, and we as media had to be vetted to be accepted into the circle of trust. This event, known as the Texas Invitational, is something many enthusiasts only dream of participating in—an event where the top vehicles of other high-profile Texas-based shootouts merely hope to maintain a position on the lower rungs in this bracket.
Recently, we have been covering a handful of high-speed and high-powered intense airstrip attacks—and why wouldn't we? They represent almost every positive aspect of automotive culture that we here at Revvolution care about: passion, competition, speed, beauty, taste, and exotic builds. The most recent of these events, the Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack, embodies one of our favorite aspects of the automotive culture—camaraderie.