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    • The BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network invalidates and will not recognize any Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 1/4 mile records or runs from 2013 on

      The network has become increasingly skeptical of 1/4 mile times coming out of the Middle East and specifically the Yas Marina drag strip located in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Recently, a very fast run from a C63 showing an impossible 60 foot time raised eyebrows and Middle Eastern members conceded the timing equipment at Yas Marina was off when this was questioned.



      This leads to the logical follow up questions of how long has the timing equipment been off for? How many runs are suspect? How is a hot desert environment providing times so much quicker and faster than the rest of the world?

      BoostAddict contacted Yas Marina and the NHRA regarding this issue. Middle Eastern members state this was just a glitch and the circuit is NHRA accredited. That is not true. Yas Marina has not renewed its NHRA license since 2012.

      This is the response to BoostAddict's inquiry on the matter from Mark Hughes, the NHRA World Wide Consultant:


      This response means any run from 2013 on is suspect. We already have evidence the timing equipment is off and the only conclusion one can draw is that without an NHRA license, inspection, and accreditation the playing field is not level and that cheating has been going on. Frankly, it appears the cheating is rampant. As we do not know who cheated, when they cheated, etc., the only course of action is to invalidate all Yas Marina records from 2013 on from when they lost their NHRA license.

      Until this matter is resolved and Yas Marina again has an NHRA license and has been inspected this network will not recognize any runs or records from the drag strip as valid. When the trapspeeds.com database goes live on this network, all Yas Marina runs from 2013 on will receive an asterisk next to them indicating them as suspect and invalid.

      BoostAddict only received a response from the NHRA. Yas Marina has yet to comment on the matter despite being asked the same questions as the NHRA. However, if 'accidental miscalibration' is going on at a strip like Yas Marina with its reputation and resources and it failed to renew its NHRA license we wonder how many other suspect drag strips there are in the Middle East. It is stunning that the Yas Marina Circuit would not value its integrity and reputation higher than this.

      This issue now calls into question the validity of all Middle Eastern strips and times. It is unfortunate for honest enthusiasts who just want to enjoy their cars to be caught in the middle of this issue. It is simply a result of administrative failure and those who do not have the integrity to compete honestly on the 1/4 mile dragstrip with enthusiasts worldwide.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: The BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network invalidates and will not recognize any Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 1/4 mile records or runs from 2013 on started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 77 Comments
      1. 5soko's Avatar
        5soko -
        I visited YMC about a month or so ago, its such a beautiful and well designed place. Such a pleasure to be there.. Hope they get licensed again soon so the guys around their can show true results .
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 5soko Click here to enlarge
        I visited YMC about a month or so ago, its such a beautiful and well designed place. Such a pleasure to be there.. Hope they get licensed again soon so the guys around their can show true results .
        From the pictures it looks absolutely beautiful.

        Hopefully they do resolve this.
      1. 5soko's Avatar
        5soko -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        From the pictures it looks absolutely beautiful.

        Hopefully they do resolve this.
        Amazing work on following up on this man and getting some information!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 5soko Click here to enlarge
        Amazing work on following up on this man and getting some information!
        Well, I've had a hunch for a while. I was sick of BS being spread and people fawning over times that are not real.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Next you're going to tell me the Tooth Fairy isn't real.
      1. sdg1871's Avatar
        sdg1871 -
        I freaking knew it! The times coming out of that drag strip are so much faster than strips in the US that I always thought they were bull$#@!. Now we know they were.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sdg1871 Click here to enlarge
        I freaking knew it! The times coming out of that drag strip are so much faster than strips in the US that I always thought they were bull$#@!. Now we know they were.
        Yeah but you would also think the people at the strip KNOW this. So they care so much about some fake records they just hoped nobody would ever find out?

        Why would anyone be happy about inflated numbers? It's sad.
      1. sdg1871's Avatar
        sdg1871 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Yeah but you would also think the people at the strip KNOW this. So they care so much about some fake records they just hoped nobody would ever find out?

        Why would anyone be happy about inflated numbers? It's sad.
        Because low times sell tunes/mods. I knew those times were bull$#@!. But I am sure they sold a bunch of tunes. Which is why I kept posting that I would love to see some of those Middle Eastern modded cars tested here in the states to see how they performed. I am not wedded to any tuner. Just the one who gets the best results while not destroying the driveability of the car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sdg1871 Click here to enlarge
        Because low times sell tunes/mods. I knew those times were bull$#@!. But I am sure they sold a bunch of tunes. Which is why I kept posting that I would love to see some of those Middle Eastern modded cars tested here in the states to see how they performed. I am not wedded to any tuner. Just the one who gets the best results while not destroying the driveability of the car.
        It muddies the waters and it's annoying. If these 'Middle Eastern' tuners are so great I'd love to see them bring a car out to a roll on event.

        The thing is, they are buying their tuning sources from many of the same places US tuners are. There isn't really any magic involved here. Except with the timing equipment.
      1. sdg1871's Avatar
        sdg1871 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It muddies the waters and it's annoying. If these 'Middle Eastern' tuners are so great I'd love to see them bring a car out to a roll on event.

        The thing is, they are buying their tuning sources from many of the same places US tuners are. There isn't really any magic involved here. Except with the timing equipment.
        Exactly, while one tune can produce a little more power than other, the differences in times between the Middle Eastern times testing Middle Eastern mods and the US times testing mods cannot be accounted for by a better tune. The gap has been way way way too large.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sdg1871 Click here to enlarge
        Exactly, while one tune can produce a little more power than other, the differences in times between the Middle Eastern times testing Middle Eastern mods and the US times testing mods cannot be accounted for by a better tune. The gap has been way way way too large.
        Because it's an artificial gap.

        If we're honest the US tuners compared to any other country always have the most power per dollar and run these cars harder than anyone. We have more 1/4 mile results and roll on results than anyone in the world.

        To blatantly cheat to try to elevate tuning stature is... well, we all know what it is.
      1. sdg1871's Avatar
        sdg1871 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Because it's an artificial gap.

        If we're honest the US tuners compared to any other country always have the most power per dollar and run these cars harder than anyone. We have more 1/4 mile results and roll on results than anyone in the world.

        To blatantly cheat to try to elevate tuning stature is... well, we all know what it is.
        Exactly. I never presume that US tuners are always the best but these middle eastern results on the 991 TTS were too good to be true.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Knew they were fishy. Good work @Sticky
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Bahrain International Circuit's times are perfectly normal so lets not get on the case of "All" Middle eastern tracks.

        I just confirmed from one of the Senior Drag Racing Committee members that the BIC is NHRA certified and current.
      1. sdg1871's Avatar
        sdg1871 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
        Bahrain International Circuit's times are perfectly normal so lets not get on the case of "All" Middle eastern tracks.

        I just confirmed from one of the Senior Drag Racing Committee members that the BIC IS NHRA certified and current.
        I certainly wouldn't expect that all Middle Eastern drag venues have fishy timing. For example, it was Yas Marina that has been producing all of these nutso fast times that could not be duplicated or even approached on US drag venues -- not BIC.

        Although I'm from the USA, I never presume that just because something is from the USA it is the best. Most of the cars made here, in my mind, do not approach their German counterparts. And if a tuner from overseas can do better than a US tuner and advance the state of tuning, I would buy their product -- just as both of my cars are from Germany and I have never seriously considered buying a US high performance sports car or sedan (a truck I would consider a US one).
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sdg1871 Click here to enlarge
        I certainly wouldn't expect that all Middle Eastern drag venues have fishy timing. For example, it was Yas Marina that has been producing all of these nutso fast times that could not be duplicated or even approached on US drag venues -- not BIC.
        Yeah I dont know whats going with these people at Yas Marina. They need to get their act together. Being an amazing F1 track they need to get themselves certified and their equipment re-calibrated and corrected.
      1. sdg1871's Avatar
        sdg1871 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
        Yeah I dont know whats going with these people at Yas Marina. They need to get their act together. Being an amazing F1 track they need to get themselves certified and their equipment re-calibrated and corrected.
        Exactly. I know it is supposed to be an amazing venue. But when you have allegedly bolt on 991 Turbo S cars with .3-.5 second faster ETs at Yas Marina than the best US times from the top tuners, one can't help but wonder if the timing was not honest or the cars had undisclosed mods or weight reductions. Now we know what we all suspected: the times were bogus.

        No one wants a 991 TTS with bolt ons that can hit the nines more than me -- I have a 991 TTS with GIAC Stage 2, Europipe exhaust and IPD plenum. But it is clear that we are not getting to nines with a tune, exhaust and a plenum. We will see if the car gets there with the Champion intercoolers and the enhanced GIAC tune that will come out at or around the time the intercoolers do. The quantum leap in times has to happen with more mods -- not with bogus timing equipment that produces better times than the actual ones.
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sdg1871 Click here to enlarge
        Exactly. I know it is supposed to be an amazing venue. But when you have allegedly bolt on 991 Turbo S cars with .3-.5 second faster ETs at Yas Marina than the best US times from the top tuners, one can't help but wonder if the timing was not honest or the cars had undisclosed mods or weight reductions. Now we know what we all suspected: the times were bogus.

        No one wants a 991 TTS with bolt ons that can hit the nines more than me -- I have a 991 TTS with GIAC Stage 2, Europipe exhaust and IPD plenum. But it is clear that we are not getting to nines with a tune, exhaust and a plenum. We will see if the car gets there with the Champion intercoolers and the enhanced GIAC tune that will come out at or around the time the intercoolers do. The quantum leap in times has to happen with more mods -- not with bogus timing equipment that produces better times than the actual ones.
        Agreed.
      1. maxnix's Avatar
        maxnix -
        Nice find!

        "...how long has the timing equipment been off for [sic]?"

        "For" is unnecessary, of course.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
        Bahrain International Circuit's times are perfectly normal so lets not get on the case of "All" Middle eastern tracks.

        I just confirmed from one of the Senior Drag Racing Committee members that the BIC is NHRA certified and current.
        I specifically asked the NHRA about Bahrain.

        I am told it is a member of the World Wide program. I don't think this means it is certified though.

        I'm not sure I'm trying to get clarification but I would think your source is accurate.