About Fighting Torque
Fighting Torque could initially have been called Windsors Dream. Capt Windsor Bailey (REME) known to many as Longbow had a desire to compare the performance of his TVR Cerbera against other "special" road cars. A regular on the Pistonheads Forum he also there was not a lot of evidence to support many of the claims of power outputs etc. The idea of a 1 mile , 2 lane Drag Race seemed the ideal answer. Fighting Torque became the place where :-
"The talking stops and Torque takes over"
The concept behind an elongated drag race is quite simple. For those that have tried their hand at drag racing over the internationally recognised ¼ mile distant they will be more than aware of the frustration that can be borne from launching the car hard off the line. Drag cars are optimised to do this - in general, road cars are not. This results in very fast road cars often posting relatively average times. However, if the distance is increased then the importance of the launch is much reduced and it becomes more a test of machine over man. Once in their stride, supercars can be devastatingly fast. This is what we seen over the last few years.
That said, the day isn't all about the fastest cars (although it was the focus for many!). it is about benchmarking some of the fastest factory supercars and having a lot of fun and banter in the process. TVRs racing Porsches, Corvettes battling Vipers etc. It is also interesting to compare the modern practical supercars from BMW, Mercedes and Audi. The is even a growing trend for Diesel engined cars to mix it with the establishment. Great to be a part of and interesting to se how it all unfolds.
This year the event will take place at Woodbridge airfield and will be staged over a standing mile. Yes - 1 mile of full bore acceleration. The run will be timed and split times provided as well as terminal velocity etc.
One contentious issue for the organisers is the topic of heavily modified cars. Modified cars cover a huge spectrum from slightly faster than stock all the way to Veyron-busting performance. They are an unknown quantity, and whilst are fun to watch. Ultimately they make it very difficult to compare production specs and useable tuning, like for like. The target vehicle for entry will be standard vehicles or cars with tuning capable of being used on a daily basis. Such cars will be afforded priority on entry. Modified cars will be accepted in very limited numbers. Any modified cars must be unsignwritten, taxed, tested and road insured.
Let's keep Fighting Torque special and spectacular. We look forward to seeing you.