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.
Every year we make it a point to venture up to Las Vegas, NV to attend the annual SEMA Show, 2017 was no different.
This has been the most exclusive car we have shot to date and The Function Factory team was grateful for the opportunity to work with this incredible race car.
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.
Ah, shoot days... Weeks of preparation, costly rentals, early mornings, long hours, batteries, food, fatigue, clients, timing. Stress, but this is what we live for.
... 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.
RTR Motorsports announced Chelsea DeNofa, winner of last year’s Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach, has joined the team and will compete in the 2017 Formula Drift season alongside Vaughn Gittin Jr. in a 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D.
Ryan Newman earned first place driving the No. 31 Chevrolet during the NASCAR Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway after staying out late with worn tires and riding a final restart with two laps remaining to the checkered flag.
Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, was victorious at Phoenix Raceway after leading 85 of the 200 laps, and he also claimed $100,000.
Dodge Vipers line the entrance of the Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. They seem ready to strike at any moment. Meanwhile, menacing Dodge Hellcats stare you down.
Gear heads flocked from all corners of Arizona recently to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix for a day of test n’ tune, drifting and a glittering car show, all part of the Import Face Off, an innovative lifestyle event highlighting non-domestic brands since 2001.
Set on the lawn surrounding one of the world's tallest fountains in Fountain Hills, Arizona, the fourth annual Concours in the Hills has established itself as a casual event that bears little resemblance to the formal “white glove” affairs with which it shares part of its name.
After two days of testing at Phoenix International Raceway, here is what IndyCar drivers have to say:
“Overall, it’s really great to be back in the car. We spent some time at Phoenix working in a few different directions, and you can’t take too much away from the times because the whole field is working on different things. The hhgregg boys looked good on practice stops, Bryan (Herta) and I are getting along great and we’re learning some things about the car. Not a bad start to the season so far.”
JR Hildebrand returns to a full-season this year with Ed Carpenter Racing and claimed the honor of the best lap at 193.234 mph (19.0401 seconds) in the No. 21 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet. The lap was better than the track record established last year by Helio Castroneves, however, Hildebrand's lap is not considered an official record because it did not take place during qualifications or the race.
An upcoming segment of "Jay Leno's Garage" put the comedian and former "Tonight Show" host behind the wheel of an INDYCAR Experience single-seat car at Phoenix International Raceway during IndyCar test sessions with instruction from Scott Dixon, four-time IndyCar Series champion.
Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet and a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, became the “Speed King” at Phoenix International Raceway last year when he won the Phoenix Grand Prix's pole position by setting a new track record lap speed of 192.631 mph and a two-lap average of 192.324.