34 NEVER LIFT
THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST HALF-MILE RACE
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.
››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.