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2015 Continental Tire Show Car Shootout Results (w/Video)

We make the trailer-queen crowd test their mettle and are pleasantly surprised with the results

Dec 30, 2015
Photographers: Jofel Tolosa, Danny Nguyen

The idea was pretty simple; what would happen if, instead of asking tuners and racing/track-day enthusiasts to compete in one of our events, we get a bunch of show cars and their owners to the circuit and have them whale on their machines? Imagine the devilish grins that appeared across our faces; yeah, that would be pretty cool, we thought. We half expected the cars to fall apart by the end of the first day of the inaugural Continental Tire Show Car Shootout, and while some did, others kept on chugging along through two days or motorsports abuse.

Continental logo Photo 5/87   |   Continental Logo

And so it came to pass that we rounded up some 15 hearty souls and their prettied up machines and told them to meet at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. for a day on its 13-turn, 1.45-mile infield road course and a second day on the Auto Club Dragway ¼-mile strip. All of the cars were on title sponsor Continental’s ExtremeContact DW tires, and it was a weird mix of entrants, to say the least, from WRX STI to EVO, R35 GT-R to Mark IV Supra, a couple FR-S (like the Super Street Ratchet Bunny!) and an E63 wagon from Illest – even an S15! From Canada!

The 14 challengers to register a lap around the road course were within 15 seconds of one another, with 2011 Formula Drift champion Dai Yoshihara piloting the Super Street Scion to third place with a 1:18.512; however, considering SS was one of the event presenters, and Yoshihara a ringer, we kinda think the time shouldn’t count. So technically Chris Haydostian in the R-Technique Subaru WRX STI came in third with his orbit of 1:21.949. Daniel Leavitt in his menacing, murdered-out V-8 S13 finished second with a 1:16.630, while Marco Svizzero in his 2008 135i owned the day, clocking a 1:16.093 for top honors.

1. 1:16.093 – 2008 BMW 135i, Marco Svizzero
2. 1:16.630 – 1991 Nissan 240SX coupe, Daniel Leavitt
3. 1:18.512 – Super Street 2014 Scion FR-S, Dai Yoshihara
4. 1:21.949 – R-Technique 2011 Subaru WRX STI, Christopher Haydostian
5. 1:21.959 – 2003 Honda S2000, Andre Pham
6. 1:22.880 – Illest 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 Wagon, Mark Arcenal
7. 1:24.074 – Auto Tuned 2015 Subaru WRX, Nery Valdez
8. 1:24.269 – 2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport, Richard Oshiro
9. 1:24.284 – 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR, Kevin Yeung
10. 1:25.784 – 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR, Jovi La Victoria
11. 1:25.950 – 1999 Nissan Silvia Spec R, Curtis Cooper
12. 1:29.898 – R1 Concepts 2009 Nissan GT-R, Mike Hyun
13. 1:30.441 – Stay Crushing 2013 Scion FR-S, Robert Kochis
14. 1:31.273 – 1995 Toyota Supra, Jordan Cohen

We mentioned some people skipped the drag racing the next day, a couple of those because they broke. In fact, if we’re being totally honest, it was more like most of the field skipped the 1320, with only six of the 14 on hand for Day 2. For all of his hops on the circuit, Svizzero in his BMW could only muster a 13-second elapsed time (e.t.) and almost 111mph, fifth best on the drag strip. Top times were in the 12s and lower, like Mark Arcenal in the Illest Mercedes wagon, who came home third with a low e.t. of 12.54 and best mph of 115.06. Haydostian in his STI was second best on the merits of a 12.21-second pass and top speed of 116mph, but it was Mike Hyun in the R1 Concepts GT-R who ruled the straight-line contest, with a run of 11.61 seconds and speed of 124.32mph.

11.61 e.t. 124.32mph R1 Concepts 2009 Nissan GT-R, Mike Hyun
12.21 e.t. 116.00mph R-Technique 2011 Subaru WRX STI, Christopher Haydostian
12.54 e.t. 115.06mph Illest 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 Wagon, Mark Arcenal
12.87 e.t. 109.87mph 1991 Nissan 240SX coupe, Daniel Leavitt
13.09 e.t. 110.83mph 2008 BMW 135i, Marco Svizzero
15.16 e.t. 94.39mph Super Street 2014 Scion FR-S, Mike Sabounchi

We had a blast at the first-ever competition, and hope the competitors did, too. Check out our gallery from the event, and a video will be dropping soon. And let us know if you’d like to see us do the Show Car Shootout again!

Silvia Photo 18/87   |   Silvia
Sam Life Photo 40/87   |   Sam Life
Subaru WRX Photo 62/87   |   Subaru WRX
Show car shootout 2015 28 Photo 87/87   |   Show Car Shootout 2015 28
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