With army bases closed to the general public to guard towards potential international brokers (of molecular measurement), the usual procedure for World’s Greatest Drag Race needed to be scrapped.
Gone was any choice for utilizing these velvet-smooth, 3.0-mile army runways. Thus, our three-year stint at Vandenberg Air Power Base got here to a detailed. However the place to go as a substitute?
Our unique web site for WGDR—the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro—has turn into so degraded over time that we didn’t dare to take a discipline of supercars on it for high-speed runs. And most personal airfields inside attain of Los Angeles weren’t lengthy sufficient to deal with what has gone from a loopy thought to the anticipated: a half mile run to find out the last word winner. (Notice for the uninitiated: It takes a whole lot of actual property to decelerate a two-ton supercar doing 170-plus mph.)
Enter an undisclosed take a look at monitor within the California desert. The beneficiant entity that donated its monitor has requested to stay nameless, although Redditors will in all probability determine it out in about 5 minutes.
All we will say is that the monitor is sufficiently lengthy and completely immaculate for world-class vehicles accelerating from a cease to the quarter mile in concerning the time it takes you to learn this sentence aloud.
Nevertheless, a take a look at monitor remains to be not a runway. There’s a sure matter of width. We couldn’t match 12 vehicles abreast. Heck, we couldn’t match eight. So we figured, we’ve adopted this identical components for a decade—let’s change it up. And though we initially tweaked the concept of a drag race by working all of the vehicles without delay, this 12 months we’re reverting to pull racing’s mano a mano roots: two vehicles and 1,320 ft; then, for the ultimate, 2,640 ft. Loser leaves city.
For the bracket; we swapped the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 for the hybrid efficiency shootout–winning Acura NSX, then threw within the 2021 Truck of the Year Ram 1500 TRX for good measure (sure, actually). We then added in the remainder of the Finest Driver’s Automotive discipline: Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari F8 Tributo, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Lamborghini Huracán Evo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and the (sure, actually, once more) Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe.
Which automobile received? Watch the video!