With the drag event capping off our first street car Shootout, we were hoping to see some serious fireworks (but definitely not the Tage Evanson or Mike Speck is on fire type of fireworks we’ve seen the last few years). As it turned out it was Dragan Rasuo and his Delta Towing Mk IV Toyota Supra TT that provided the early entertainment.
Dragan entered his Supra in the Shootout with the main objective of having fun (he didn’t even bother with the e-test or dB test), and with a line lock onboard, we had a sneaking suspicion his idea of fun would be a DEFCON 1–level burnout. So even though we were kind of expecting it, we still had to pick our jaws up off the VHT-prepped ground after Dragan’s 685-whp 2JZ turned his Supra’s rear tires into a Trinity-sized mushroom cloud and a pile of melted rubber.
We also had an unexpected visit from a local playboy and his brand-new McLaren MP4-12C supercar, so we let him take a few rips down the dragstrip with us. Low-12-second elapsed times and an impressive display of F1-quality traction and stability control systems ensued, and then Chris launched his ScienceOfSpeed NSX flawlessly and posted a 11.745-second run, spanking both the McLaren and the entire Shootout field. Think about that for a second—an 11-second run on street tires, on a nonprepped surface, in a car that blew extremely clean during the e-test and is set up for the street and the road course. These were the fireworks we’d been hoping for, the SoS NSX lighting up the competition like a turbocharged Hanabi rocket and in the process taking the drag event win in impressive fashion.
We also had an unexpected visit from a local playboy and his brand-new McLaren MP4-12C supercar, so we let him take a few rips down the dragstrip with us.
Ryan Gates approached the drag event with his usual calm, cool, and collected demeanor, making an absolutely perfect launch on his very first pass, clocking an amazingly quick 12.545-second run, and then parking his Evo for the rest of the event. How a 359-whp machine that weighs well over 3,000 pounds was able to post an e.t. this fast on street tires is beyond us, but then Ryan didn’t exactly deny that he may have had a little extra boost dialed in. Regardless, the $50K it’ll cost you to own one of the 11 311RS limited-edition Evo Xs seems like the bargain of the century when you consider that Ryan’s Evo was virtually as quick as the $230K McLaren MP4-12C down the dragstrip and dominated the autocross and time attack competitions, all in a car that has four-door practicality and a trunk big enough to fit a bunch of trophies.
Mann Engineering’s Type-25 CS STI sedan had been a bit of an underperformer during the autocross and time attack events. This may have been a case of owner/driver Gary Liu not really being an autocross or time attack superstar the way Gates is, since on paper the Type-25 CS should be a solid competitor to the 311RS. And during the drag event we finally got to see the Mann Engineering STI shine, its 410 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels slingshotting it off the line with that distinctive boxer growl blasting out the Milltek Sport exhaust. Stopping the clock in 12.686 seconds, Gary and his pristine white STI grabbed Third place in the drag event and finally showed us the true potential of the Type-25 CS package.
The FAT/Snail WRX was the only other machine to run a sub-13-second time, Taylor and Travis taking turns stress-testing the clutch on their way to a best e.t. of 12.907. A second slower but fastest among the FWD teams was wily veteran Brian Gillespie in the Hasport CRX. Clearly Brian’s been to a few (hundred) drag nights in his day, because he clicked off three 13.9s in a row like some sort of gray-haired drag racing robot. And here we thought all that V6 torque torturing the front tires might make it tough to consistently launch the CRX.
Michele in the Gruppe-S Scion tC wasn’t far behind with a 14.1, while Loi Song’s 14.6-second pass in the Sportcar Motion/Mar Financial Civic Si may have been hampered by the two-sizes-too-small helmet he was wearing. Ever see that picture of a chimp in an astronaut helmet? We guarantee you that chimp was far more comfortable than Loi was, but the Mugen sticker on Loi’s helmet definitely gave his brain an extra 10 hp.
|3||Mann Type-25 CS||12.686||69.44|
|12||SCM Si Sedan||14.687||59.98|