Every year in November, the Time Attack community converges on the small truck stop town of Buttonwilow California for one purpose. (No, it's not the BBQ pork ribs ate Willow Ranch.) The Super Lap Battle final event plays host to the biggest chance for bragging rights in North America, and this year, like always, there were a few new records set.
FX Motorsports Development is a name you're probably familiar with - the team has campaigned several Time Attack cars in recent years, most notably a Mitsubishi Eclipse and an Acura NSX. The NSX is one of the most badass unlimited class cars out there, and for the last several years FX has been chipping away the tenths of seconds slowly and surely. Last year, the team was able to set a new track record for a rear wheel drive car, a time of 1:41.949 with Billy Johnson at the helm. This time was a huge achievement for the team, because not only did the yse ta new class record, but they actually beat the previously long held overall track record by nearly 2 seconds.
But as you might expect, simply having the class record would not suffice. This year, on a cool and balmy Wednesday afternoon, FX set a new overall track record! With Tyler McQuarrie behind the wheel of the unlimited rear wheel drive class beast, the car was propelled to a blisteringly fast 1:40.981. The defending champions' (Sierra Sierra Enterprises EVO IX) time of 1:41.046 was bested by a mere 0.065 seconds. Talk about intense!
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for our full coverage of the 2011 Super Lap Battle finals in an upcoming issue!