When you think about Texas, what's the first thing that comes to mind? If it's high horsepower, you've come to the right place and we've done something right. It's only fitting that Texas throws an event of this caliber considering it also hosts two of the oldest and most well-known high-speed races, the Texas Mile and the Texas Invitational (TI). And, it’s home to what was once considered the fastest non-restrictor plate tracks on the NASCAR circuit with entry speeds in excess of 102 mph, and corner entry speeds over 200 mph. This makes it a perfect venue for TX2K. For the past 15 years, TX2K has kicked off the automotive season in March and has easily become one of Revvolution's favorite events of the year. Who needs a beach with a bunch of drunk college kids? It might just be us, but a mass gathering of some of the baddest cars in the nation sounds far more appealing.
As the end of the motorsport season draws near, we had the opportunity this past weekend to head out to the famous Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, for an event known as Import Face-off. With more than 40 national stops in the series, it’s becoming known as an automotive lifestyle staple. Import Face-off has established itself as the benchmark of import drag racing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and it certainly lived up to the hype.
The Texas Mile is not an event for the faint of heart, and when we heard that there was a 1977 Datsun 280Z competing in this year’s event, we were a bit bewildered. It was going to take one helluva build for this Datsun to not get blown out of the water by the menacing level of competition, some of whom will accelerate from a dead stop to 267 mph in 5,280 ft. But when we saw this 1977 Datsun, we knew . . .
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.
Official Revvolution.com TX2K13 Event Vid from Days 1 & 2