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TECH ARTICLES, VEHICLE FEATURES, EVENT COVERAGE & MORE

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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.

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When you think about performance wheels, what comes to mind? Is it Rays Engineering or Volk Racing? How about BBS? Or Advan? For many, HRE Performance Wheels is the answer. Just about every motosports event we've covered this past year has had more than half of the serious contenders sporting a set of HRE wheels. World renowned for their in-house research, design, and manufacturing processes, HRE yields some of the industry's most aesthetically pleasing and properly engineered lines of performance alloys. So when HRE announced their second Open House at their manufacturing plant in Vista, California, it was quickly placed on our schedule as a “must-attend” event.

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Global Time Attack (GTA) teamed up with Shift-S3ctor to deliver the next two rounds of the Pro Am time attack event series at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway during the forecasted blistering-hot weekend of June 7th. Located in the California desert east of Coachella, the track presents several logistical obstacles in addition to its challenging 2.68 mile, elevation-changing, 17 turn course.

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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.

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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.