You've never heard of Coalinga, California, before, and that's because it's 200 miles north of Los Angeles and 200 miles south of San Francisco. There's not too much there aside from a small town, acres of farmland, and a tiny airport where, for one weekend in April, some of the highest-horsepower sports cars on the West Coast meet for what's become one of the nation's most anticipated half-mile racing events: Never Lift. Presented by Motovicity and Shift S3ctor. The event is a great start to the race season with monster builds coming from near and far. With nearly $40K in cash prizes to be handed out, there was no shortage of competition, but one particular sleeper caught our eye, this '14 Porsche 911 Turbo.
Seems like a simple Porsche at first, but take a closer look and you'll notice the centerlock Advan GT wheels (brownie points!). Upon further investigation, we spied some other subtle upgrades, such as GT3RS parts, Sparco seats, custom upholstery, and an intricate cage. Later, we learned the "street" car runs a stout EvoSpec motor, uses BorgWarner turbos, and makes 986 whp and 807 lb-ft of torque with the help of E85. The car made multiple passes with a top speed of 186.03 mph, making it the fastest German class vehicle throughout the two-day event. It was also crowned the quickest Porsche. Yes, we knew this build was special.
Ravi Dolwani is the proud owner (you might remember him from his epic Evo X featured on the cover last year). "As the owner of CSF—and coming off the heels of both our Evo X and BMW M5 builds—I was looking for another demo vehicle that would represent us in the best way possible as the brand continues to grow and gain awareness around the globe," Ravi says. "But rather than getting a car that showcased what CSF is about, I wanted to challenge our company to showcase what CSF is capable of."
Ravi took the 991 Turbo under his wing and started getting it ready for Never Lift when it was 85 percent complete. While a bulletproof 3.8L and larger turbos are great for dyno numbers, the constant abuse from multiple half-mile passes in the California heat is what really showed off what CSF's intercooler and radiator systems were capable of. It worked just as they had planned and surprised many competitors who were watching. Clocking in the fastest trap speed just happened to be the icing on the cake.