It has been a long time coming, but finally, we’ve got all of the top time attack racers in the world in place at the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge. We’ve got racers from the USA, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and a staunch crowd of local competitors. We made sure to get a few teasers for you, before today’s epic shenanigans.
New Zealander Andy Duffin of 3 Rotor Racing was out testing on old slicks and without nitrous-oxide. The team will be turning it up today, so we're excited to see how it performs compared to last year.
Under Suzuki, equipped with a larger Garrett GTX3584RS turbo, a tank of nitrous, and two billet blocks, he has definitely come to Australia for the win. I want to give this car the nickname 'Scorpion', as to me, that's how it appears. A large rear tail, and two front claws, ready to kill. It should be interesting to see just how low into the '20s Under Suzuki can push.
Cat and mouse! Watching Andy Forrest's crazy Subaru WRX chase down much smaller pray was a sight to behold. With 1000hp of EJ-series power and a custom dual-clutch R35 GT-R transmission, Andy is hoping to win the event outright. During testing, it didn't appear that he was pushing all too hard, so hopefully things get a little more off the tarmac and onto the ripples strips today.
Team Vivac brought along their immaculate Mitsubishi Evo. I couldn't believe how clean it was, and how daunting it looks. Today we're going to find out more information on this beast!
Another car we're excited to see yet again is the Team Magic Mazda RX-7, which made its way over from Japan. Last year it was plagued with issues, so it was refreshing to look over the vehicle and to have seen the build quality increase. Last year the Mazda was running old tech, but now it's up to play with big items like the BorgWarner 9180 single turbo, and now outputs 700ps. Hopefully, with some more track time, times will tumble.
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