In a world where people don’t always say what they mean, and many businesses aren’t what they claim they are, Fastlane is one company that lives up to its moniker. Based in northwest Houston, the cars Fastlane works on are no joke, and the high speeds they clock with them aren’t either. I visited some of the team from Fastlane over at Ellington Field last week to watch as they prepared for the biannual Texas Mile races, held in Beeville.
After supping up a couple of their clients’ Ford Shelby Mustang GT500s, it was time to speed test them, and what better place to watch fast cars “fly” than at the historic airfield?
Karl Wendt’s blue 2013 GT500 Mustang and Paul Rembach’s black 2009 GT500 at the starting line.
Nick Field, Fastlane’s Dyno tuner and salesman, and Daniel Moore, Fastlane’s Dyno technician, were on hand to make sure the cars were ready to rock the weekend’s races. Each car was equipped with cameras, and hooked up to computers on the speed tests to record data so the Fastlane team could assess what was and wasn’t working, and what tweaks they needed to make.
Paul Rembach comes back after hitting his top speed of 208 mph at Ellington Field
Just because these guys are speed junkies, doesn’t mean they don’t have safety on the mind at all times. Field said, “We don’t encourage street racing.”
He pointed to the various safety equipment on-site, including fire suits for the drivers and parachutes outfitted on the back of the Shelbys.
Part of the reason they love the Texas Mile event is it is a safe place designated for racing.
Once they put the Mustangs on the strip, all eyes were on the cars as we watched, listened and waited to hear what top speeds they hit.
Karl Wendt, owner of a 2013 Shelby GT500, was there with his daughter, Stephanie. Wendt had been to the event before, but it was the car’s first time to race. As soon as it was available from the dealer, it went straight to the shop to get the power treatment, and then over to Fastlane for the serious tweaks and dynoing.
Karl Wendt’s 2013 GT500 Mustang at Ellington Field, where it was the car’s first time to race. Wendt had been to the event before. As soon as the car was available from the dealer, it went to the shop to get the power treatment, and then to Fastlane for serious tweaks and dynoing.
Karl Wendt and his 2013 GT500
Stephanie mentioned she hoped to have her own car out for the fall event, continuing the family tradition of a need for speed.
Owner Paul Rembach brought his 2009 GT500, which he had taken to the Texas Mile last October, reaching a top speed of 205 mph.
At the speed test, he drove it down the runway a few times before hitting a top speed of 208 mph on his last time out. Everyone was pleased with the improvement and performance.
Owner Paul Rembach brought his 2009 Shelby Mustang GT500, which he had taken to the Texas Mile last October, reaching a top speed of 205 mph. At the speed test, he drove it down the runway a few times before hitting a top speed of 208 mph on his last time out.