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Third Annual Modified Tuner Shootout

Presented by Continental Tire

David Pratte
Jul 28, 2009
Photographers: Mike Maez, Dax Rodriguez

This year’s third annual Modified Tuner Shootout—an event that has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated and hard-fought competitions in the industry—was once again sponsored by Continental Tire and supported by NASA Arizona and UMS Tuning. The locations and format of the event remained unchanged, with the dyno competition taking place at UMS Tuning in Mesa, Arizona, on the company’s state-of-the-art DynaPack system and the autocross, drag and time attack events taking place at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona, as part of NASA Arizona’s biggest race weekend of the season.

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Of course, this event is nothing without some of the country’s top tuners competing for the overall and class victories, and this year’s field was our strongest ever. GST Motorsports returned to defend its overall and AWD class titles, Hasport (last year’s FWD class winner) joined forces with Tage Evanson and his K24-powered EG Civic (last year’s FWD runner-up) and RWD champ ScienceofSpeed returned as well, this time with an immaculately prepared Acura NSX. Perennial front-runners Crawford Performance and Factor X Motorsports Development were also back, and with first-timers Forged Performance and its R35 GT-R, Ksport and its turbocharged DC5 Integra Type-R, AFI Performance and its turbocharged S2000, Sportcar Motion and its all-motor EG Civic, and YimiSport/Full-Race and its GRB Impreza STI, it was anybody’s guess who might come out on top.

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We also threw two wild cards into the mix, making this year’s Shootout more unique than ever. For starters, we had none other than D1GP driver Forrest Wang competing in his S13 Nissan 240SX drift car (with trackside support from sponsor Full-Race). And as a way of demonstrating just how good the Continental ContiSportContact 3 ultra-high-performance summer tire really is, we had Tony Szirka from UMS Tuning competing unofficially with his awesome Mitsubishi EVO IX on a fresh set of 265/35ZR18s. To be honest, we had some reservations about pitting Tony’s EVO on street tires against this group of track-prepped beasts on race rubber, but as you’ll find out the UMS EVO/Conti tire combo was downright amazing.

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Just like last year, the winner of each of the three timed events was awarded 100 points and all the other teams were scored as a percentage of the winning time (example: if the fastest autocross time was 42.024 seconds, a car posting a best time of 47.899 seconds would score 87.736 points since 42.024/47.899 x 100 = 87.736). We favor this system of scoring because it captures the actual performance gap between all the competitors in each event. However, we’ve once again limited the dyno competition to 25 points for the winner because engine performance is already well-tested in the drag and time attack events and we do not want to overemphasize the importance of horsepower.

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Without further delay, we hope you enjoy this year’s Modified Tuner Shootout as much as we enjoyed putting it together and watching all the action go down!

Dyno Tony, Jeremy and the crew from UMS Tuning are special. No, not Jerry Lewis telethon special, but special nonetheless given their willingness to once again host the Shootout’s dyno competition. It’s a pretty grueling task to dyno test 12 different cars in one day, but somehow the UMS boys pulled it off in record time. Thanks, guys! In some ways this is actually the best day of the Shootout, not only because UMS is such a gracious host, but because we get to spend quite a bit of time hanging out with the teams and going over their cars, picking up all kinds of clever go-fast secrets along the way.

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The one tweak we made to the rules this year involved the scoring system for the dyno competition. Last year we used horsepower/liter as the basis for ranking the teams, but after seeing how that unfairly hampered some of the larger-displacement engines, we decided to rank the teams this year using power-under-the-curve. Out on the racetrack, nobody cares how big your engine is—all that really matters is how effectively your engine can produce power, and nothing captures that on a dyno more accurately than power-under-the-curve. For scoring purposes, we used the best 3000-rpm range for each team’s dyno graph, because these engines will all typically operate in no more than a 3000-rpm range when at full boil out on the racetrack. To calculate this, we simply added up the peak horsepower figure in 100-rpm increments for this 3000-rpm range, giving us a power-under-the-curve or total power figure.

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Last year, the dyno dominator was World Racing and its turbocharged Scion tC, which pumped out an insane 713 whp and 702 ft-lbs of torque. But since Rado and crew couldn’t make it out this year, we knew we’d have a new dyno champ, and that turned out to be none other than mad Mikey and his band of merry speed freaks from FXMD. Despite a little early drama involving the air-to-water intercooler taking a dump and a nitrous system that didn’t want to cooperate, the FXMD NSX spun the DynaPack to the tune of 650 whp and 502 ft-lbs with a power-under-the-curve value of 18,495.

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Second through fifth places was an AWD battle, with Forged Performance and its R35 GT-R taking second overall thanks to peak values of 556 whp and a monstrous 621 ft-lbs of torque to go along with a power-under-the-curve total of 16,365.

Not far behind was Crawford Performance’s Subaru Impreza STI equipped with one of its famous CP stroker EJ25 engines. The flat-four boxer spat out a deliciously angry 544 whp and 535 ft-lbs of torque from the megaphone exhaust pipe, along with a power-under-the curve total of 15,942. Nipping at CP’s tail was the YimiSport STI, which had higher peak numbers with 551 whp and 541 ft-lbs of torque but slightly less power-under-the-curve with 15,429. GST Motorsports’ GC Impreza was fifth overall despite posting the monstrous peak horsepower figure of 608 from its 2.6-liter Cosworth mill. As it turned out, GST was playing it safe by not revving its engine as high as it normally does and turned down the boost by 4 psi because of a last-minute repair the guys made to a bad valve seat that forced them to reuse the head gasket. This meant the turbo wasn’t fully spooled-up during the best 3000-rpm range, resulting in a lower-than-expected power-under-the-curve of 15,193.

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Ksport took sixth overall and was the highest scoring FWD car on the dyno, with its Integra producing a rock-solid 476 whp and 379 ft-lbs of torque to go along with its power total of 13,822. Tage Evanson’s supercharged K24-powered EG Civic put up a very respectable 376 whp and 9,802 total power once it got the nitrous system to at least partially trigger, while the only all-motor competitor Sportcar Motion put up 8,703 total power and a screaming 288 whp at 9200 rpm, AFI Turbo and its turbocharged S2000 came in seventh overall and second in class with a peak of 460 whp and 371 ft-lbs of torque. ScienceofSpeed’s supercharged NSX and Forrest Wang’s Full-Race tweaked SR20-powered S13 rounded out the RWD group in eighth and ninth places overall. As for the Conti demo car, UMS’s EVO 8 produced 541 whp and 461 ft-lbs of torque at its peak and had a very broad powerband, thanks to Tony’s ECU tuning.

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POWER UNDER THE CURVE (FROM 3000 RPM BEFORE REDLINE)
TEAM PEAK HP PEAK TQ PUC POINTS
FXMD 649 502 18,495 25
GST 608 516 15,193 21
Forged 555 621 16,365 22
Yimi/FR 551 541 15,429 21
Crawford 543 535 15,942 22
UMS 541 466 15,939 22
Ksport 476 379 13,823 19
AFI 460 371 13,223 18
SoS 434 330 11,935 16
Forrest 385 328 9,865 13
Taga/Hasport 376 325 9,803 13
Sportcar Motion 288 200 13,223 18

Autocross
Have you ever woken up in the morning, flung open the curtains full of enthusiasm for the day, only to have your hopes and dreams crushed by the abysmal weather outside? If you’re a racer you can probably relate, and that’s exactly how we felt when it started to rain on our way to Firebird Raceway. Rain in the Arizona desert—really??

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All you have to do is take a look at the pictures from the autocross to understand just how heavy the rain was. For some of the teams, this threw a serious monkey wrench into their plans. Without proper rain tires, grip would be virtually nonexistent, so those teams that showed up with full-tread-depth racing tires or street tires would be at a real advantage, and those teams that only brought slicks either slip-slided their way around the course or, in Crawford Performance’s case, parked the car entirely rather than risk an unscheduled trip into the fence.

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Tage Evanson and Brian from Hasport are both crafty competitors, so we weren’t too surprised to see their Civic roll into the start box on fresh Hoosier rain tires. As the winner of the autocross event last year, we knew Tage would likely be the man to beat, and true to form he once again took the event win with a best time of 45.568 seconds. But less than a tenth of a second behind was GST’s Impreza L, piloted by veteran racing driver Gary Sheehan, who stayed off the cones and posted a 45.650-second run.

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In conditions better suited to Shamu the killer whale, we expected the RWD cars to really suffer in comparison to the FWD and AWD teams, but somehow local hot shoe Brady Dohrmann found a way to get the SoS NSX around the autocross course in just 46.846 seconds, good for third overall and first in the RWD group. The tail-happy nature of the NSX might have helped the car rotate enough through the tight, wet cone course. Clearly, Brady can drive and Chris from SoS knows how to set up his car for the wet. With AWD, traction control and full-tread-depth Toyo R888s, the Forged Performance GT-R was exactly one-one-hundredth of a second slower than the SoS NSX, a solid performance putting them fourth overall and second in the AWD group, but you could tell driver Will Taylor and team owner Sharif Abdelbaset were both a little disappointed. And just one-tenth of a second behind the Forged GT-R was Tim Kuo in the Sportcar Motion EG Civic with a time of 46.982 seconds. Tim may be going to medical school in the fall, but the man known online as Stinky Tofu did a hell of a job peddling the all-motor Civic to a top-five finish.

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Billy Johnson has a habit of winning races in the Grand Am KONI Challenge series in everything from Hondas to Porsches, but controlling FXMD’s fire-breathing NSX around a wet autocross course is an entirely different ball game. In second gear the big turbo wasn’t spooling up at all, so Billy had to leave it in first gear the whole way around, bumping the rev limiter repeatedly at certain spots on the course. But despite this problem, Billy managed to throw down a 47.362-second lap, good for a very respectable sixth overall and second in the RWD group. Just three-tenths of a second behind in seventh place was National Autocross champion Brian Peters in the Ksport DC5 Type-R, where he made good use of its Ksport GT Pro dampers and 2,300-lb chassis despite running on Hoosier slicks.

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The only other car in the 47-second range was Tony Szirka in his Conti street-tire-equipped UMS Tuning EVO 8, posting a best time of 47.876 seconds. The remaining teams all struggled mightily to find any grip out on the soaked tarmac. The best nationally ranked autocrosser Jeremy Renshaw could do in the traction-limited AFI Turbo S2000 was a 48.608, four-tenths of a second slower than Bondurant Racing School instructor and Modified Mag Driver Training columnist Mike Speck was able to post with a 48.248 in the BFG R1 slicks-equipped YimiSport Impreza STI. Forrest Wang in his drift-spec S13 couldn’t find any grip at all on his first run, so he bailed in search of street tires but wasn’t able to make it back in time to post a faster time.

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Quarter-Mile
Ever wonder why a standing-start, quarter-mile contest of speed is called a “drag race”? I rarely see cross-dressers at the track (always look for an Adam’s apple!), so I’m going to assume it has something to do with the slang term “drag,” meaning street or main road. These are the things that go through your head as you wait for the rain to stop, and as luck would have it the rain did stop just in time for the NASA crew and Firebird officials to open the dragstrip for us, but we only had about 15 minutes to complete the event before they’d need to convert it over for use as the front straightaway on the 1.6-mile Full Course used for Road Racing, HPDE and time attack.

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Turns out even when a dragstrip is dry, it doesn’t have much grip after a heavy rainfall. Our best guess is that all the VHT or sticky chemical compound that’s spread on the asphalt for added grip gets washed away, leaving only a glass-smooth surface for our Shootout teams to slide around on. GST’s Gary Sheehan was one of the first to test his luck down this 1,320-foot strip of black ice, and as the in-car video footage showed, he had to go full opposite lock on the steering wheel when he suddenly found himself facing the wall at 90 mph. Scary stuff, and it was a feeling Jeremy Renshaw in the AFI Turbo S2000 also experienced when he got severely sideways on his first run. But Forrest Wang had the worst luck of all, with his rear window blowing out near the finish line, shattering all over the track and causing a 10-minute delay as the track workers swept up the mess.

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It seemed like Mother Nature and the racing gods were conspiring against us, but with an extra 10 minutes of track time (thank you, NASA AZ!), all the teams got safely down the quarter-mile strip twice, except for FXMD. After the autocross event, we noticed they had the oil pan off the engine and were feverishly working beneath the wide booty of their NSX. The motor had apparently developed some unwanted noises after the autocross, perhaps from the heavy use of first gear during that event, so the FXMD crew was attempting to complete an emergency crank bearing replacement. Sadly, time ran out on them, the dragstrip being closed just minutes before driver Billy Johnson came running over to tell us they were ready to go. Understandably, they decided discretion was the better part of valor, packing it in rather than risking a more serious and expensive engine failure during the time attack. So just like that, the overall Shootout leader after the first two events was down and out.

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As if spotting the opening, Sheehan found the courage to leave his foot in it after facing the wall only minutes earlier, posting an amazing 11.276 at 134.64 mph in the GST Impreza L, claiming the drag event win and vaulting them into first overall going into the last event.

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Second best in the quarter-mile was the YimiSport STI, proving just how effective Full-Race’s twin-scroll turbo kit is. Keep in mind, this is a full-interior street car that weighs almost 3,400 lbs, making its best run of 11.592 seconds at 124.60 mph all the more remarkable. Clearly our darkhorse of the event had emerged, since with this impressive performance down the strip the YimiSport/Full-Race entry was suddenly in second place overall.

Third quickest down the strip was Tarzan Yamada in the Crawford Performance STI, posting a best time of 11.698 at 127.32 mph on a smooth and controlled run. But where was Forged Performance and its R35 GT-R? Surely this technological wonder-machine was the perfect weapon for the tricky track conditions? Inexplicably, on both timed runs the GT-R’s ECU went into limp mode, cutting power and leaving them in sixth place with a best time of 13.578 seconds at 103.79 mph. Afterward, Sharif was able to decipher the ECU data and determined that the problem was the very low tire pressure they were running, which allowed the tires to slip or rotate on the rims, causing the wheel speed sensors to go bonkers and send the ECU into limp mode.

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Finishing ahead of Forged’s GT-R was the SoS NSX and the Evanson/Hasport Civic, the rear-drive Honda posting a 13.222 at 113.35 mph and the front-drive Honda just one-tenth slower with a 13.322 at 110.31 mph, good enough for first in their respective classes. Ksport struggled even more to put the power down, finishing seventh overall and second in the FWD group with a best time of 13.88 seconds at 114.63 mph. Sportcar Motion’sEG Civic was also spinning its wheels through the first three gears on its way to a 14.426-second pass at 109.80 mph.

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There’s just something about a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive machine setup for road racing (or drifting) that makes it very hard to put the power down on the dragstrip. We’ve seen this every year at the Shootout and this year was no different. No machine struggled more for traction than AFI’s 460-whp S2000. Driver Jeremy Renshaw had to literally granny shift his way down the track just to keep the tires from spinning and the tail end from stepping out, resulting in what must have been a very frustrating 16.057-second run at 99.66 mph.

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Time Attack
Just when we thought the weather was finally on our side, some fresh rain clouds blew in and dumped some more moisture on the track during our time attack practice session. Watching all these high-horsepower monsters struggle to put more than a fraction of their power to the ground was almost comical, but watching Tarzan Yamada from Crawford Performance turn his first laps at Firebird in a rental car made for an even more entertaining spectacle.

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Thankfully, that was the last of the rain, meaning our official time attack session was run on a dry surface. But that didn’t mean it would be a cakewalk for the teams, since this session took place at 9 pm. The front straight was well lit because it’s used for nighttime drag racing, but three or four temporary lightstands used on the back half of the track left some corners dimly lit at best.

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Crawford Performance may not be a big fan of wet-weather racing, but on a dry track they proved their mettle and then some. We’re not sure how Tarzan wrapped his brain around going from a rental car in the wet to a 550-whp Subie monster in the dark, but somehow he managed to not only post the fastest lap of the event in the CP STI with a 1:02.10, but he also shattered last year’s time attack track record by almost 3 seconds!

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That’s not to say they didn’t have some stiff competition, since Sheehan in the GST Impreza was just over two-tenths of a second behind with a seriously rapid 1:02.34. This left us wondering, if GST wasn’t protecting a points lead in the overall Shootout standings, would they have turned up the boost and instructed Sheehan to push a little harder? Of course, we’ll never know the answer to this timeless racing question, but one thing you can be sure of is that these two Subaru tuning titans will continue to trade body blows for the rest of the time attack season.

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Completing Subaru’s dominance of the time attack podium was the YimiSport/Full-Race GR Impreza STI, a street-driven machine (quite possibly the only one driven to/from the Shootout) that still has the factory DVD and Navi systems on board and all the other luxury fixin’s. With Firebird ringer Mike Speck behind the wheel, a best lap time of 1:05.42 was posted, good for third overall in a field stacked with high-horsepower and fully gutted race cars. Clearly, the KW Clubsport suspension, upgraded Brembo brakes, 275/35-18 BFG R1s, Full-Race gen2 twin-scroll turbo kit and a truly kick-ass driver make for a killer combination, along with some excellent overall tuning by the boys at YimiSport.

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Next quickest overall was Tage Evanson in his Hasport-sponsored EG Civic, posting a best lap of 1:05.45 and taking the FWD class victory in the process. But Tage was clearly a bit disappointed to have only beat his time from last year’s Shootout by one-tenth of a second given the improvements his team—most notably Brian from Hasport, Josh from Tri Tech Motorsports and Joe from Locash Racing—have made to the car this year, including 275/35-15 Hoosiers up front, bigger aero and bigger power from the addition of a JRSC supercharger with a 6-psi pulley.

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Next quickest among the FWD competitors was Brady Dohrmann in the Ksport DC5 Type-R. Clearly Brady’s local knowledge of Firebird helped him hustle the Ksport Integra around in just 1:07.12, just 1.5 seconds behind Tage’s class-winning effort. And Tim Kuo, who’d never driven at Firebird before (let alone in the dark!), posted a very solid time of 1:08.42 in the Sportcar Motion EG Civic. Front-drive fans need to keep their eyes on this machine, because owner Loi Song recently equipped it with a Kraftwerks supercharger, boosting engine output well north of 450 whp.

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Fastest among the RWD competitors and fifth overall was ScienceofSpeed’s gorgeous widebody NSX, a machine with show car level of attention to detail and truly top-shelf components throughout, like the Moton double-adjustable dampers, SoS 6-speed transmission conversion, and SoS twin-screw supercharger that pumps out 10.2 psi of boost at 8000 rpm. AFI’s S2000 was just more than1 second behind with a best time of 1:07.37 seconds, and Forrest Wang was having fun trying to drift the last corner onto the front straight while posting a best of 1:12.34.

Sharif took the wheel in his Forged Performance GT-R for the time attack, having honed his skills over the last few seasons in his now retired 350Z time attack machine. Having seen the standings going into the final event, Sharif knew he just needed to put down a decent lap to lock down a podium position in the overall standings, so he showed some restraint when posting a best lap time of 1:06.96, rather than going for broke and risking a DNF. Sometimes you must lose the battle to win the war.

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Tony’s UMS Tuning EVO 8 was battling some overheating issues during the time attack, so he only managed to post a best lap time of 1:11.35. But during an earlier session that same night while running the car in the HPDE group, Tony beat his personal best street tire lap time while running on Conti’s CS3 tires. “During the auto-x the Continental tire’s excellent wet-weather characteristics really helped, but I was particularly impressed by the CS3s during the time attack, which definitely performed better than I expected.”

Final Results
Mike Warfield and his crew from GST Motorsports know how to play the game. According to Mike, “We would have liked to have turned up the wick for the drag race, but due to the limited grip were unable to run more than just our wastegate spring and even had to turn off flat foot shifting. We also had a last-minute issue with one of the valves, which meant we had to work through the night the day before we left for the Shootout. As a result, we had to reuse a head gasket, which other than obvious nervousness of whether or not the gasket would hold, we decided to turn the boost down on the car by a little over4 psi to keep things as safe as possible.”

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It’s this kind of strategic thinking and determination to survive four very different and challenging events that has made GST Motorsports our first ever back-to-back Shootout Overall and AWD champion. With a grand total of 320 points out of a possible 325, GST’s performance was virtually flawless. Quite an achievement for this tireless crew from Hayward, California, which seems to find ways to continuously improve their GC Impreza L. Rumor has it they’re also working hard on a GD chassis that’s going to be lighter and even more radical than their trusty old GC. Sounds like the perfect machine to try for a Shootout threepeat!

Second overall and second in the AWD group was YimiSport Tuning and its ’08 Impreza STI. YimiSport may not be a household name in the world of Subaru tuning (yet), but we knew when Geoff from Full-Race suggested the company’s STI as a competitive entry for the Shootout that it would have some serious horsepower, thanks to his gen2 twin-scroll turbo kit. According to Geoff, “We knew our street car could hang with some of the top race cars because of the broad powerband, AWD drivetrain, YimiSport’s tuning and Mike Speck’s psycho prowess behind the wheel.” Second place overall in a street car with air conditioning? Gotta love it, and with an ’08 STI of your own you could duplicate this setup easily enough.

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Third overall and third in the AWD group was also our long-distance driving champion, Forged Performance from Marietta, Georgia (28 hours one-way). Sharif and Will really came through in a big way considering we shafted them by inviting them with just a few weeks to spare, leaving them with very little time to prepare. Thankfully, their weapon of choice wasn’t a machine that required a radical build. According to Sharif, “Our ’09 GT-R is the newest member of our stable. Although we didn’t have intentions of racing this car, after a few quick laps around Road Atlanta, we changed our mind. In bone-stock trim, we were approaching the lap times achieved with our fully prepped race car, in spite of the 1,000-pound weight and 100-whp power disadvantage. That was enough for us to gear the car up for time attack use.” With carefully selected modifications including JRZ triple adjustable shocks, 1,000-lb Hyperco springs and Cobb antiroll bars to go along with some weight reduction and ECU reflash, Forged’s GT-R was consistently near the front of the pack, and if not for the wheel sensor issue on the dragstrip, they might have been standing a spot higher on the podium.

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Winner of the FWD group and fourth overall was Tage Evanson in his Hasport-sponsored EG Honda Civic hatchback. This ageless chassis just keeps on hanging in there against much newer and more powerful machinery, but that’s a big part of its appeal. According to Tage, “Hasport, TTM and myself love this FWD platform because it’s such an underdog and it is very satisfying to be able to compete with some of the top tuners in the country when we’re on an extremely tight budget from both a cost and time perspective. Brian from Hasport worked after-hours on his own personal time, and Josh from TTM and Joe from Locash Racing also put in a ton of effort getting the blower installed and tuned just in the nick of time. If we could have gotten the nitrous system working, I think we would have been more competitive in the time attack, but our team is still very pleased with the results overall.”

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As it turns out, GST wasn’t our only repeat champion. ScienceofSpeed won the RWD class last year with its supercharged Honda S2000, and this year they were again the top RWD team with their supermodel sexy Acura NSX. The attention to detail on this car is astounding, a testament to SoS owner Chris Willson’s philosophy of “precision, performance and quality.” According to driver Brady Dohrmann, “This is the best all-around track car I have ever sat in. The Moton shocks had a giant range of adjustability, so it was damped perfectly in the rain, in the dry, on racing slicks and on street tires. Power delivery was perfect—V-10–like torque delivery, yet with strong pull all the way to redline. Plus, the sound was just amazing, and with the engine behind the seat and the nighttime conditions I felt like I was in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It just felt sexy to drive. Killer.”

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Ksport put in a solid performance from beginning to end with its RHD DC5 Integra Type-R, earning them second in the FWD group and sixth overall. According to driver Brady Dohrmann, “This was perhaps the most difficult and challenging yet fun car I’ve driven.”

Third in the FWD class and seventh overall was Sportcar Motion’s EG Civic. As first-time visitors to Firebird Raceway and as the only team in the Shootout without some type of forced induction, owner Loi Song and driver Tim Kuo did an amazing job staying ahead of some of the more powerful competition. Expect to see a lot more of this car because it was chosen as Honda Tuning’s entry into the Castrol Syntec Top Car Challenge.

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Eighth overall and second in the RWD class was local team AFI Turbo, whose beautiful widebody S2000 really suffered in the slippery track conditions. Driver Jeremy Renshaw showed tremendous car control by keeping this turbocharged beast off the walls. Had the event been blessed with the warm and sunny Arizona weather, there’s little doubt the AFI machine would have fared much better.

Ninth overall and third in the RWD was drifter-extraordinaire Forrest Wang in his S13 Nissan Silvia. This car actually started its life as a RHD Silvia from Japan, which Forrest imported to his native state of Hawaii before converting it into a LHD drift car. Unfortunately for Forrest, the greasy track conditions really didn’t favor his RWD platform or his “hang the tail out” driving style.

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If not for the rain, Crawford Performance would have posted a time in the autocross and finished in the top three overall, rather than ranking tenth overall and fourth in class. Quirt may have been second-guessing his decision to park the car during the rain, but with plenty of other events on the calendar he did ensure that CP’s factory-backed Impreza STI would live to fight another day.

FX Motorsports Development was definitely our hard-luck competitor of the year. After winning the dyno competition and posting a competitive time in the autocross, they were looking like the team to beat. But a damaged crank bearing that wasn’t repairable in time for the drag event meant it was game over.

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And we can’t forget about the Continental Tire demo car, UMS Tuning’s Mitsubishi EVO VIII. With a strong showing on the dyno, and a very solid performance in the autocross followed by a 12.125-second sprint down the dragstrip at 130.08 mph (the second highest mph in the competition!) and the street tire demo car was looking like a real contender. In fact, even after a hampered time attack result from a overheating issue, the UMS EVO would have scored enough points to finish third overall. On street tires. How bad-ass is that?

By David Pratte
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