We posted a story a couple of weeks ago about privateer Under Suzuki setting a 53.6 second lap time around Tsukuba Circuit in Japan in his 800 horsepower S15 Nissan Silvia. It was big news in the time attack world because he was only a tenth of a second off from the long standing record set by Nobuteru Tanaguchi in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution based HKS CT2032R. It turns out that Suzuki knew the car was capable of putting down a faster lap time and he decided to rent the track out to prove it. With only a 30 minute window to work with, he set a new lap record for a tuner car on street tires around Tsukuba at 52.649 seconds. Speedhunters posted a written account of the day and Luke Huxham of Maiham Media just released the on-board video of the record setting lap:
Under Suzuki made news in the time attack world this past weekend by setting a 53.6 second lap time around Tsukuba Circuit, a personal record. Suzuki is the only privateer (he’s a pharmacist during the day) allowed to compete in the Battle Evome series which is otherwise dominated by full fledged tuning companies. His 800 horsepower Scorch S15 was built by himself with the help and input of his friends over the last 10 years. Suzuki’s 53.6 puts him a tenth of a second off of the all time tuning car record held by Nobuteru Tanaguchi in the Mitsubishi Evo based HKS CT2032R. He is gunning to beat HKS’s record and to be the fastest car at the World Time Attack Challenge. This is an interview he did with Maiham Media earlier this year where he talks about his love for time attack.
7Tune put together some amazing coverage of all of the action from this year’s World Time Attack Challenge from Eastern Creek in Australia. Last year’s defending champion is the Cyber Evo. The Cyber Engineering team wanted to retire the car, but decided to bring it out for one more go at WTAC. They were plagued with a ton of technical problems and ultimately retired when the engine’s rear main seal failed and started an engine fire (there’s a shot of it in the video). This year’s winner was a new team from Australia with their Evo named Nemo.
**UPDATE** I found some development footage of the Cyber Evo as they were trying to get ready for the WTAC after the decision was made to delay the retirement of the car. The first video is about the development of the brand new aero package from C-West. Continue reading →
Yokohama Tires has been closely following the re-engineering of the Top Fuel S2000 for the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge in August. The car held the RWD lap record at Tsukuba for three years in it’s previous form. In preparation for the WTAC, the power has been increased to 712 hp thanks to a turbocharged F20C stroked to 2.2 liters (not a F22C according to Yokohama) and the car has been equipped with an awesome widebody kit developed by Japanese aero tuners, Voltex. This video gives some good shots of the car’s details as well as some run footage on Suzuka.