34 NEVER LIFT

THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST HALF-MILE RACE

Super Street - - Contents - WORDS Austin Lott PHO­TOS Mo­tovic­ity; Shift-s3c­tor

What do you get when you mix 250 cars with a run­way for two days? Half-mile rac­ing—and lots of it! Mo­tovic­ity, with the help of Shift-s3c­tor, hosted its first-ever Never Lift event in Coalinga, Cal­i­for­nia, last April. The turnout of com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors couldn’t have been bet­ter, and even a few world records were bro­ken.

So, what is half-mile rac­ing? Well, as the name sug­gests, it’s flat-out rac­ing for 2,640 feet. The events are get­ting more pop­u­lar (gain­ing trac­tion, if you will) be­cause they give driv­ers a way to test the lim­its of not only their high-end su­per­cars, but also hand out brag­ging rights to those who can build a truly fast car. While trac­tion off the line is im­por­tant, half-mile rac­ing isn’t about re­ac­tion times. The half-mile is sim­ply about go­ing as fast as you can by the time you cross the check­ered flag.

To keep com­pe­ti­tion fair, Never Lift was di­vided into six classes: FWD, RWD, AWD, Nat­u­rally As­pi­rated, Sedan, and BMW/AMG. Par­tic­i­pants lined up side by side and made as many passes as they could to qual­ify. Four moved on from the morn­ing qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions, and from those four, the top two were cho­sen to com­pete in each class. Over­all, $30,000 in cash prizes was given out to the win­ners.

Half-mile rac­ing’s pop­u­lar­ity is still on the rise, and if Never Lift was any in­di­ca­tion of the fu­ture, it’s not go­ing any­where soon.

CON­NECT: nev­er­lifthalfmile.com

››In the FWD class, Myles Kerr took first with his 1,050hp ’94 Acura In­te­gra. Kerr posted a per­sonal best speed of 207.47 mph rac­ing against Aaron O’neal’s 195.14-mph pass driv­ing a 1,000hp ’94 Honda Civic.

››Andy Har­togh’s 905hp ’08 WRX took the top Subaru spot at 188.84 mph.

››The top dog of the week­end, 236.10 mph, was set by a guy named Bad Boy Mor­ris Malone in a 2,800hp twin-turbo C6 Corvette, which was also a rear­wheel-drive world record.

››The Sedan class played out a clas­sic matchup: Evo ver­sus WRX. The Evo came out on top when Lu­cas English recorded a 210.47-mph top speed out of his 1,150hp ’08 Evo X.

››The Nis­san GT-R ruled the AWD class with Atif Awan tak­ing first in his 1,600hp ’05 GT-R throw­ing down a 219.41-mph pass.

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