No Fly Zone 4 Details:
Uniquely extreme describes the now fourth No Fly Zone half-mile airstrip roll-race event – a place where reaching 160+mph is routine. Hosted by Omega Motorsport, the latest No Fly Zone 4 brought together European supercars alongside historically fast tuner platforms that ranged from Toyota Supras to BMW M3s and Chevy Corvettes. Unlike other top speed events such as the Mojave Mile, there are no hard classes or rigid run schedule, simply lineup against whomever you’d like, wait your turn, run and repeat continuously. Think test-and-tune format at your local drag strip with much higher trap speeds. This year’s late March two-day event brought out approximately 110 cars at an attendee cost of $200 per day.
No Fly Zone spectators are also afforded vantage points very near the rolling start zone, a factor not found at more regulated airstrip attacks. The mood is light, the cars are serious and the action is nonstop - all local gearheads should put it on the schedule.
Stamped within the flat farm landscape of Shafter, CA, the rural Minter Field airstrip plays host to this “run what you brung” half-mile roll-racing event. Race gas, food vendors and helicopter rental were also available on-site. For the most enthusiastic it is not unrealistic to run upwards of 30-40 times a day. Omega Motorsport No Fly Zone 4 event organizer Tony Lopez has seen annual event growth since inception and further explained what occurred this year:
“No Fly Zone 4 went very well, once again. We remained as efficient as ever, running races about every 30 seconds. That meant that many of the over 100 participants received 30 runs or more in, in a single day. The runway surface offered great grip and there was no wind. A couple engines didn’t make it to the end of the day, but those drivers vowed to be even stronger next time! It's always a great event when our Fire-Rescue crew is bored. Thankfully, they only rolled out to check fluid leaks and pick up a couple of front splitters from the runway surface.”
Multiple shop cars attended including built BMWs of European Auto Source and Burger Tuning. While a European Auto Source supercharged BMW M3 worked to break the 165mph mark Jason D’Ambrossi of Burger Motorsports (BMS) in Simi Valley, CA tested and sorted drivetrain malfunctions of its tuned 2014 BMW 435i. D’Ambrossi stated:
“We’re out here testing our 414hp BMS BMW 435i – it currently holds the world record for horsepower of 435. It’s running race gas, JB4 BM Performance Tuner, BMS intake and downpipe. I have an E92 and 135i and the 435i is all around much better then both of them, looks good too.”
The Bisimoto Engineering 771hp 1976 Porsche 911 reiterated modern technology in a vintage chassis can be a perfect blend of nostalgia and speed. Tuning legend Bisi Ezerioha filled us in on his widened electric blue’76 911, “It may look really old and classic but it has all of the latest technology including a water-cooled twin-turbo 996 engine, six-speed gearbox, full drive-by-wire and CAN BUS communication protocol.” There were also unconfirmed rumblings that the Bisimoto 1000+hp drag Civic broke 230mph, which would’ve been a world record. Unfortunately, there was no evidence to confirm.
JDM enthusiasts were not in short supply either as a range of Nissan GT-R, Toyota Supra and a clean Mazda RX-7 builds lined up beside European and domestic heavyweights. For reference, the type of JDM weaponry trolling around included a single-turbo six-speed FSR Motorsport Creations Supra utilizing a mildly built head and stock short block that made around 700whp.
One man or better yet one collection of vehicles garnered much attention throughout the day. Travis Ellis, a local businessman and No Fly Zone veteran brought out three staggering big-budget performers best described by him:
“I brought a 2006 Ford GT modified to just over 1000hp, a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT with a GIAC tune and GMG Racing exhaust and a tuned 2010 Ferrari 458. The Ford is the fastest by far but the Carrera GT is the most fun to drive by far – it’s violent. I ran the Porsche against my Ferrari and the Porsche won by about five car lengths, which was pretty impressive.”
As seen in the above video, we were lucky enough to hop in Ellis’ Carrera GT (the once $440K predecessor to the recent Porsche 918 Spyder) for a run against a carbon-fiber laden 600hp 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo with mods that included full exhaust, intake, flashed ECU, one-off racing suspension, and RWD conversion. The hard-shifting Carrera GT exploded off the 50mph roll-speed start and walked the Gallardo by at least a few car lengths reaching a trap speed upwards of 170mph. It was clear the Porsche had much more pull left after blowing past the finish line where heavy pressure was supplied to the carbon brakes. We then stepped into the Gallardo for a second chance against the Carrera GT. The result was the same but no less impressive. It was moment we will not soon forget.
The photos and accompanying event video best surmise this year’s Omega Motorsport No Fly Zone 4. It went off without a hitch and brought together a range of tuner platforms not normally seen running against one another. While danger is of course inherent in top speed events, there is no safer place to bury the throttle and see what your car is capable of than on a mile-long airstrip. We hope to see you there next time!