With navy bases closed to the general public to guard in opposition to potential international brokers (of molecular measurement), the usual procedure for World’s Greatest Drag Race needed to be scrapped.
Gone was any possibility for utilizing these velvet-smooth, 3.0-mile navy runways. Thus, our three-year stint at Vandenberg Air Drive Base got here to an in depth. However the place to go as an alternative?
Our authentic website for WGDR—the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro—has develop into so degraded over time that we didn’t dare to take a area of supercars on it for high-speed runs. And most personal airfields inside attain of Los Angeles weren’t lengthy sufficient to deal with what has gone from a loopy concept to the anticipated: a half mile run to find out the last word winner. (Notice for the uninitiated: It takes loads of actual property to decelerate a two-ton supercar doing 170-plus mph.)
Enter an undisclosed check monitor within the California desert. The beneficiant entity that donated its monitor has requested to stay nameless, though Redditors will most likely determine it out in about 5 minutes.
All we will say is that the monitor is sufficiently lengthy and completely immaculate for world-class vehicles accelerating from a cease to the quarter mile in in regards to the time it takes you to learn this sentence aloud.
Nevertheless, a check monitor continues to be not a runway. There’s a sure matter of width. We couldn’t match 12 vehicles abreast. Heck, we couldn’t match eight. So we figured, we’ve adopted this identical system for a decade—let’s change it up. And though we initially tweaked the concept of a drag race by working all of the vehicles without delay, this 12 months we’re reverting to tug racing’s mano a mano roots: two vehicles and 1,320 toes; then, for the ultimate, 2,640 toes. Loser leaves city.
For the bracket; we swapped the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 for the hybrid efficiency shootout–winning Acura NSX, then threw within the 2021 Truck of the Year Ram 1500 TRX for good measure (sure, actually). We then added in the remainder of the Greatest Driver’s Automotive area: Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari F8 Tributo, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Lamborghini Huracán Evo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and the (sure, actually, once more) Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe.
Which automotive received? Watch the video!