It has been a long a year for The Function Factory, Funtion Factory Performance (Coming Soon), Full-Race Motorsports and Turbonetics / PTE. Through the dark and mist, we have been quietly been testing the Turbonetics NX2 drop in turbocharger unit on our 2016 Ford Mustang Ecoboost.
Whether it's a camouflaged test mule, a preproduction model, or even a strange import. There's something special about making that rare sighting and knowing 90% of other drivers never even notice. Lucky enough, that was us for a day!
Two days before Memorial Day while catching up and brainstorming, Charles had the idea to make a video.
The next morning, I woke up to a million Facebook notifications and the news we would be filming that night. Charles is about as integrated as one could be in the local car community so all it took was a Facebook post and some hype to get everyone in on the idea.
... I may be paraphrasing there, but you get the point. Mercedes-Benz Gilbert was giving us a call, and immediately we knew we had an opportunity to make a statement. We set out to make a creative showpiece on the opposite end of the spectrum as nearly any local dealership commercial you’ve ever seen.
The Function Factory hosted its second event on the 23rd featuring the premiere of Hyer Quality Detail's feature production. Steve Mohr at Colorbomb wraps, one of the premiere wrap shops in Phoenix and Hyer Quality's new neighbor, was kind enough to offer their shop as a venue for our event.
On Saturday night, 32-year-old Frenchman Simon Pagenaud drove away with the checkered flag at the 250 lap Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, AZ. Team Penske drivers led all 250 laps of the race. This Phoenix Grand Prix victory marks Team Penske's 450th win, their 189th series victory, their 100th win in open wheel racing on an oval, Simon Pagenaud's 10th win overall, and his first win on an oval.
On a day with 30 mile per hour wind gusts through the late afternoon, the buzz around Phoenix Raceway (Avondale, AZ) was about whether the Verizon Series IndyCars would be able to safely navigate the evening’s qualifying session. But the winds relented and Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) piloted his Chevy powered Verizon car to pole position, breaking his own track record in the process.
The Function Factory combines cinematography, photography, and the written word to create automotive media that inspires, educates, and showcases car culture and racing for the millennial automotive enthusiast.