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2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout - RESULTS

Marco Svizzero's V8 135i wins track day portion for a second year; Martin Choi's R32 GT-R and Prolific Autosport's STI rule the dyno

Dec 19, 2016
Photographers: Luke Munnell, Jofel Tolosa, Danny Nguyen

We had such a great time with last year's inaugural Show Car Shootout Presented by Continental Tire we decided to do it again - but with a couple twists for 2016. For one, we relocated the track challenge to another local ribbon of asphalt, this time Streets of Willow Springs' 1.6-mile, 14-turn circuit in Rosamond, Calif. We also traded in the drag race competition to strap our competitors to the so-called "wind tunnel" dynamometer at World Motorsports in Torrance.

2016 continental tire show car shootout continental tires logo Photo 2/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Continental Tires Logo

The results were pretty eye opening. While Marco Svizzero's V-8 swapped BMW 135i - with Matt Powers behind the wheel (no, not ex-pro drifter Matt Powers) - won the road course portion for a second year straight, it was perennial favorite Amir Bentatou in his '91 NSX this time who came in a close second, less than a half second off the pace. Jeff Ringer, who we last saw at the 2014 edition of the FR Shootout, rounded out the top three in the Sportcar Motion K24-swapped S2000, less than a second behind Bentatou.

2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout - TIME ATTACK
Streets of Willow Springs, WSIR, Rosamond, CA
1:23.3272008 BMW 135iMatt Powers/Marco Svizzero
1:23.7861991 Acura NSXAmir Bentatou
1:24.6192005 Honda S2000Jeff Ringer/Loi Song/Sportcar Motion
1:25.2252005 Honda S2000Alex Zhao
1:26.328Hyundai Genesis CoupeJason Kim/Six Auto Sounds
1:26.3352014 Subaru WRX STIMatt Rojana/Prolific Autosport
1:27.7651989 Nissan R32 Skyline GT-RMartin Choi
1:29.2072010 Nissan 370ZKevin Lau
1:34.4832011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XArvin Padiemos
1:49.7662010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XMarc Cerezo
2016 continental tire show car shootout Alex Zhao S2000 Photo 6/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Alex Zhao S2000

What makes Bentatou's and Ringer's accomplishments all the more impressive is where they ended up in the dyno competition - near the bottom. The NSX put out 321 horsepower and 238 lb.-ft. of torque, which put Amir second to last, while the S2k put out a paltry 235hp and 193 lb.-ft. of torque, bringing up the rear of the group. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Martin Choi's R32 Skyline GT-R made the most horsepower, 511 with 395 lb.-ft. of torque, followed by the Prolific Autosport '14 WRX STI making 458hp and 495 lb.-ft. of torque, and the Six Auto Sounds Genesis Coupe, which output 388hp and 344 lb.-ft. of torque. All three cars are turbocharged, while Alex Zhao's S2000 is supercharged and the K-swapped Sportcar Motion S2000, Amir's NSX, and Kevin Lau's 370Z are all naturally aspirated (Svizzero with his BMW and Arvin Padiemos and Marc Cerezo with their EVO 10s were unable to make the dyno day).

2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout - DYNAMOMETER
World Motorsports, Torrance, CA
511HP395 LB.-FT. of torque1989 Nissan Skyline GT-RMartin Choi
458HP495 LB.-FT. of torque2014 Subaru WRX STIMatt Rojana/Prolific Autosport
388HP344 LB.-FT. of torqueHyundai Genesis CoupeJason Kim/Six Auto Sounds
381HP270 LB.-FT. of torque2005 Honda S2000Alex Zhao
338HP274 LB.-FT. of torque2010 Nissan 370ZKevin Lau
321HP238 LB.-FT. of torque1991 Acura NSXAmir Bentatou
235HP193 LB.-FT. of torque2005 Honda S2000Jeff Ringer/Loi Song/Sportcar Motion
2016 continental tire show car shootout Sportcar Motion S2000 Photo 10/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Sportcar Motion S2000

The results speak volumes about power and just how meaningless it is on a racetrack (especially something as technical as Streets) unless you have an ace hot shoe manning the controls. All entries also had new, grippy soles on their shoes courtesy of event title sponsor Continental Tire, namely the Ultra High Performance (UHP) ExtremeContact Sport. Aimed directly at enthusiasts, ExtremeContact Sport rubber received glowing reviews across the board. Competitors lauded the amount of traction in Willow Springs' dry conditions, stickiness that persisted throughout the day. We're pretty confident when the tires launch in February of 2017 they're bound to be a hit.

Congrats go out to all of our 2016 Show Car Shootout contenders - look for additional coverage and our event video to drop in the weeks ahead.

2016 continental tire show car shootout subaru sti Photo 29/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Subaru Sti
2016 continental tire show car shootout R32 Photo 48/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout R32
2016 continental tire show car shootout drivers Photo 67/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Drivers
2016 continental tire show car shootout 135i Photo 86/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout 135I
2016 continental tire show car shootout Sportcar Motion S2000 Photo 108/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Sportcar Motion S2000
2016 continental tire show car shootout S2000 Skyline Photo 127/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout S2000 Skyline
2016 continental tire show car shootout Arvin Padiemos EVO Photo 146/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Arvin Padiemos EVO
2016 continental tire show car shootout BMW 135i Photo 165/183   |   2016 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout BMW 135I
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