Fastest TT RS in the world
180 MPH. That was the goal to reach this last half mile event at No Fly Zone put on by Omega Motorsport.
Gila Bend Arizona at the Municipal Airport was the place to be for the event. A friend of mine and I went there earlier this year and ran our cars on the same day. We even got to race each other resulting in his achieving a 167 in his RS3 and my personal best at the time of a 169. This weekend bigger things were in store.
What a great time this past weekend was. It was a culmination of months of changes and preparation. People never see that behind the scenes activity though. They only see the results. In the middle of October, I drove my car from San Diego to Toronto to have Nathan Samuels owner of Apex Motoring build my engine and tune it at his shop. I had just gotten a new bigger hybrid turbo from Pure Turbos installed which is now called the Pure850. We didn’t know how much power it was going to make till it got on the dyno and got tuned. You can read more about that here.
Back to the past weekend. First run of the day the car was needing some changes and fine tuning and put down a 160 MPH on a street tune. Not too shabby on 28 PSI. Second run resulted in a 168 MPH. Then Nathan arrived and the fine tuning and changes began. First it was a personal best of 174. Then after a cool down and another retune it put down a 175. Chasing down a McLaren 720s was a lot of fun at 175. Some more cooling and fine tuning happened. Then a 178.4 then a 178.7 followed by a 177.3 and a 178.5. After every pass it needed 30 minutes or so to cool down and a few tweaks to tuning would be done by Nate. It was 4:40 pm and time was running out. The runway closed at 5 pm. Time to make one final run. I went out and let it rip. First gear the tires spun all the way until a clean shift into second. Then it pulled all the way through the rest of the ½ mile. I looked down at the speedo right when going through the cones. It showed 182 by my speedo. I knew right then and there I’d gone the 180 we were aiming for. I went back to the table to pick up my slip, it showed 180.14. Wahoo!!!
I want to thank all of those involved who helped make this a super day. I want to thank Omega Motorsport for such a great event. I also want to thank HG Performance for getting some last minute things sorted out before my drive out to Gila Bend, Pure Turbos for a superb running turbo making fantastic airflow, Iroz Motorsport for some great hardware, my great friends for all the support, lending tools and fun times. Custom Code, which is based in England, did an amazing job with the tuning, both for the ECU and the TCU. I’d especially like to thank Nathan Samuels for building the engine and using his Dynojet to tune it as well as all the support at the track and getting it all dialed in. Without a team all this would never have happened.
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