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$hit Happens: ARK Design BNR32 Will Not Make it to Sydney for WTAC 2012

By Eric Hsu

The team and I have been waiting patiently for the past three weeks since we first received news of the mis-shipment of the ARK BNR32 Skyline GT-R to China. Yes, you read that right:  China. Unfortunately last night, I finally received the final word this week there would be no way in hell the car would make it to Sydney in time. A letter from Ian Baker, CEO of Superlap Australia, after the jump.


 

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Hankook World Time Attack Challenge Video

by Eric Hsu

Here's a video that Hankook released just days before WTAC 2012. It's a recap of the World Time Attack Challenge 2011 from the Hankook point of view. If you're a WTAC or Hankook Ventus TD fan (great tires), then check this out.


 

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Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 8

By Eric Hsu

Mike did a great job covering the build while I was unable to write because I was busy managing the car, team, and build and actually working on the car itself. From part 8 and on, I'll be taking over Beyond the Dyno once again. The car is on the slow boat to Australia, but for now I'll cover some of the things the team and I were doing at Cosworth.


 

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External Combustion Rocket Zero-lag Teaser 

by Eric Hsu

On the other side of the world is a lush green island with some of the brightest minds and most creative people in the world. They gave the world the Beatles, the universal joint, the Rolling Stones, Cosworth, the Smiths, Aston Martin, the wind tunnel, James Bond, bangers and mash, stainless steel, Depeche Mode, black pudding and of course, fish and chips. England is the little island that's given the world quite a bit. Now (or actualy several years ago in WRC), they give us external combustion anti-lag technology. Well they haven't quite given it to the world yet, but here it is in the first working street driven Subaru STi that belongs to my buddy Ben who's the best engine calibration engineer that I know.


 

Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 7

By Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu

The clock is tearing itself through the calendar and there is only a week left before Team America's ARK Design BNR32 is scheduled to be loaded into a shipping container bound for Australia.  Eric and the crew are determined to make it but personally I have my doubts.  I have never seen a car this complex be built in such a short time for such a low budget. 


 

Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 6

By Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu 

So much has happend on the car that it was a bit much to go over it all on one sitting so here is part 2 exactly one day later.  We will take the story up where we left off before.


 

Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 5

Supposed to be by Eric Hsu but really again by Mike Kojima

Well it's getting closer to go time all the time and the Team America crew is working around the clock to get her done.  The deadline is nearly impossible but Eric and company are determined to make it.  Work on the car is progressing very fast.  The car might just get there but it may well be lacking a little in the cosmetics department.


 

Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 4

Supposed to be by Eric Hsu, Really by Mike Kojima

In the last segment, Gary Castillo of Design Craft Fabrication was starting to work on the rest of the car's fabrication.  With the clock ticking away and a lofty early June completion date looming closer, it was decided to let the gutting of the rear section of the car wait until next year.  In my opinion this year will just be a development year for us to get some experience with the car and the World Time Attack format.


 

Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 3

Supposed to be by Eric Hsu, Really by Mike Kojima

In our last segment we had a look at the entirely new front suspension of the Team America/ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R.  With a tight deadline, Eric can not get around to writing these updates so I am doing them for him.  The car is scheduled to be loaded in a container to Australia by early June and the clock is ticking.  I don't know how we are going to make it but everyone on the team is cranking in all of their free time.


 

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