World Time Attack 2012

World Time Attack Challenge 2012 -  Practice Day

By Martin Gonzales


We are coming to you LIVE from down-under once again this year to keep you updated on what has come to be one of the most anticipated motorsport events of the year - the World Time Attack Challenge!  Team America's BNR32 may be in the wrong continent, but Emirates managed to get your small MotoIQ reporting staff to the right place.  Jeff and I will be giving you daily updates of what's going on at Eastern Creek Raceway as fast as we can manage.  We arrived in Sydney at 6:30 in the morning and immediately headed out to our room in Rooty Hill, which is just minutes from the track.  Sore and sleep deprived from a full day of travel it was extremely difficult to not give in to our comfy beds, but we powered through to give y'all a sneak peek of what's to come at this year's WTAC. 


World Time Attack 2012, Nemo Racing Evo 9, Nemo Evo IX
One of the most anticipated cars out here is the Nemo Racing Evo IX.  This is one of the SICKEST builds we've ever seen.  The wing on this thing is bigger than my wingspan!  I guess that's not saying much since I'm only 5' 10", but still.


Day one is more of an arrive and set up time for the most part, but man were we glad to have made it out!  The hardware already here is enough to make any gearhead giggle like a little girl - and we were doing just that.  But most importantly, we got word that Cyber Evo's record lap time of 1:28.8 set at last year's event had already gone down!  It's not official of course, but Tilton Interior's Evo ran a 1:27.1 during one of their practice runs.  That's right folks, that is almost a full 2 seconds faster!  


World Time Attack 2012, Tilton Evo, Tilton Interiors Evo IX
A quick look at things to come on MotoIQ - the Tilton Interiors Evo IX is not at WTAC to play, they are here to win!


Thanks to Eric we had the chance to hang out in their pits and were welcomed to shoot the car in detail.  So be sure to check back with us for a sick Sneak Peak at the Titon Interiors Evo IX!  Now on to some of the eye candy from the WTAC Day One - Practice.


World Time Attack 2012, Toyota AE86, Levin,
First car we saw as we started walking through the pits was this beautiful Hachiroku.  This car is no "show-n-shine" queen; it will be competing in the Open Class.


World Time Attack 2012, RB26
From far away at first I thought this was a fox-body Mustang.  Let's see if anyone not from Australia can guess what this RB26 powered beast is?


World Time Attack Challenge 2012, RB26


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Der Bruce
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Thursday, August 09, 2012 9:33 PM
Well, I would've guessed a Cima if not for your ominous clue of "outside australia". Looking forward to all the updates guys!

Hey Martin, isn't there supposed to be a sick Lotus there you could maybe get the skinny on!?
Thursday, August 09, 2012 11:54 PM
1:25.7x ........
Friday, August 10, 2012 12:41 AM
Nemo just clocked 1:25.730!!! Wow. If Christine was fast.....what's this?
Friday, August 10, 2012 7:41 AM
were there supposed to be pictures in this article?
Jeff Naeyaert
Jeff Naeyaertlink
Friday, August 10, 2012 8:00 AM
our piece of shit domain registrar decided to upgrade some software and "some customer's information didn't make it in the upgrade." The entire site was affected but everything's on its way back to normality...
Friday, August 10, 2012 8:01 AM
Can't see any pictures. Please fix...
Dan DeRosia
Dan DeRosialink
Friday, August 10, 2012 9:09 AM
Aw heck, I was wondering if it was something like that. I'll just have to be patient!
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Friday, August 10, 2012 12:38 PM
yeah working at last!
Dan DeRosia
Dan DeRosialink
Friday, August 10, 2012 1:04 PM
There we go! Interesting. And now I'm checking Ebay for used Esprits again...
Friday, August 10, 2012 1:13 PM
Sorry about the technical glitches folks. Our domain registrar "upgraded" their software that handles DNS for the customer User Interface. The "upgrade" wiped out ALL DNS entries for motoiq.com 9 hours later we're in pretty good shape. E-mail should be restoring in the next couple of hours.

I need to shoot a Dr. Manhattan style death ray on the dev team over there ;)
Saturday, August 11, 2012 2:54 AM
I think Emp said Christine had a 1:27.x in her last year, but it sounded like the gearbox did not allow for it... if SSE raced this year without touching anything on the evo from how it ran in 11', the evo would have ran quicker than 2011 due to revisions to the track alone... So if SE continued development of Christine after the 2011 wtac, I have no doubt SSE would be near that zone of craziness.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 2:56 AM
Nemo is beyond insane though, 3 seconds off last years crazy quick time.

Anyone know the trap speeds Nemo was hitting???
Saturday, August 11, 2012 6:11 AM
@ eeeen: I read somewhere that on the 1:25.7 lap Nemo did only a tad over 240 km/h, so a good 20 k's less than Cyber Evo's last year speeds even, not to speak of Sierra Sierra's almost 300 km/h. Don't know if Nemo turned the boost up for the 1:25.0 lap, probably yes. One factor of course is the enormous drag generated by all those wings that make such ridiculous lateral G's possible, but from the speeds it still sounds like they were not on the 900whp settings at least on Friday.

Let's hope we get another update from down there soon, this has been a very difficult event to follow from abroad. It would be fascinating to know a bit more of what went down behind the scenes of the WTAC website's live timing page.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 7:57 AM
Wikipedia has a nice list of the top times on that track and I think it is worth pointing out that WTA cars are now approaching the speeds that were only achieved by formula cars. The Nemo Evo is only 2 seconds off that of the formula cars and less than 6 off the fastest time ever.

If WTA keeps making strides like this from year to year, they may well end up setting fastest track times. I hope some sanctioning body doesn't come screw it up.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 12:27 PM
I hate to be the glass is half empty guy, but I don't believe 0.3 - 0.5 seconds is all that can be attributed to the change. No doubt, the cars were quicker this year, by a chunk, but until I see comparable times in unaltered cars from the old set up and the new, I look at is as "skewed"... though there is no way around the 1:25.0x being insanely quick.

Originally WTAC/SL told us all the change would not effect lap times, they wrote off the change as insignificant, swept it under the rug, and decided it was not worth further discussing (they also kept editing the sh*t outta the comments that were trying to discus the impact of the change)
Andrew Brilliant
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Sunday, August 12, 2012 9:15 PM
It's really not anything like Cyber's facebook suggested it just can't be two seconds or even one second. I work this sort of data out with very high accuracy. Couple seconds... it would have to be a really major change to do that much time.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 1:53 PM
There is no way the super quick times in 2012 can be explained by the new entry alone... not at all what I was saying. I just thought a "max of 0.5x seconds per lap" might be selling the change a tad short. No way in hell do I think it was the entry change that dropped the times alone, not close. Over 3 seconds! lol. The awesome cars Au. brought are the main reasons times dropped, but not the only reason.

I have no doubt the cars were much quicker in 2012, but the shady/biased behavior of wtac/slb in regards to a full explanation of the entry change, made me question the "0.3-0.5" difference. That was all.

Congrats to you Andrew!! I have no doubt your aero played a role in Nemo's insane pace. Your aero has obviously helped some insane TA cars/builds continue to progress, and the consistent drops in lap times/records continue to back up your aero.

With all that being said, I hope [and have all my money] on Japan and Team USA bringing the pain to the 2013 wtac... though Nemo's 1:25.0x could be off limits for a year or two, I don't know if that will fall any time soon, unless its Nemo resetting its own record.
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