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2016 Shift Sector Exotic Airstrip Attack Round 1

Shift Sector's first-of-a-kind track event brings all the exotics to the yard.

Luke Munnell
Mar 10, 2016

There are two types of exotic-car guys: (1.) the vast majority who drop over $150K on the most expensive ride they can afford and drive it (on the rare occasions that they do) at slow speeds, in densely populated areas, looking to draw the most possible attention from envious onlookers, inferior males, or attractive females; and (2.) the rare few who drop over $150K on one of the most high-performance offerings that fits their budget, while allowing them enough leftover to drive it how it was meant to be driven - at its limit. For Type 1, there's L.A.'s Hollywood Boulevard, Miami's South Beach, and the like. For Type 2, there's Shift Sector's newly created (as of this first-ever event) Exotic Airstrip Attack.

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Based on the successes of their Airstrip Attack events for cars driven by us mere mortals (Supras, GT-Rs, Civics, EVOs, BMWs, and much more), the inaugural Exotic Airstrip Attack invited owners/drivers to compete for top speed at the end of as many 1/2-mile blasts as they could or cared to fit in the day, in either solo runs or side-by-side, with one defining caveat: competition cars had to have been from a model line that included at least one trim valued at over $150K new. A quick look over the entry list showed many Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins, McLarens, Bugattis, but a few BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, GT-Rs and certain Porsches with much lower new MSRPs were able to enter on the grounds that they were part of a model line that at one time or another, in some part of the world, offered at least one trim valued at more than the $150K minimum.

This made for an interesting dynamic. Since most of the exotics in attendance were what we would call relatively stock (dealership windshield banners and aftermarket wheels don't really count, do they?), the more expensive models routinely got upstaged by cars costing a fraction of their price. Squeaking in just under the $150K mark, Nigel Colon's 2014 991 Porsche Turbo posted the fastest trap speed Saturday, at 175 mph, in part thanks to its ungraded impellers (inside stock compressor housings), bolt-ons and tuned ECU — 4 mph faster than even the lone, 1,100hp Bugatti Veyron in attendance could muster. Faster and cheaper still (at least, when new) was the Visconti Nissan GT-R that went 208 the day after, posting the fastest speed of the entire event.

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But then again, the joys of experiencing an exotic track day lie not just in raw speed — there are proper drag races for that. From high-revving Ferrari Californias and Lamborghini LP640s, to rumbling Ford GTs and Bentleys, to the rush of turbocharged air passing through Porsche flat-sixes and Nissan VQs, it's really more about the range of sights and sounds you really can't experience anywhere else. And above all, the realization that while they may be in a whole other financial class than most of us, guys who take their exotic cars to the track are still guys who take their cars to the track (rather than Rodeo Drive). No matter where in our small family of automotive enthusiasts you come from, you'll find friends here.

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