2012 WTAC

 

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ARK Design Team America BNR32 GT-R Update

by Mike Kojima

In this week's update for the ARK Design Team America BNR32 Time Attack car, we address air management issues around the front of the car with a unique intercooler arrangement  and some hopefully clever ducting. 


 

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Nerd's Eye View: Tilton Interiors Mitsubishi EVO 9

by Eric Hsu

Right around the corner this weekend on October 18-19 is the 2013 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC). I bring to you in great detail the Tilton Interiors EVO 9. It was the fastest EVO at the 2012 WTAC...sorry make that the fastest UNIBODY EVO and 2nd overall fastest car overall at Sydney's 2012 World Time Attack Challenge last year. This car was one of my favorites at WTAC 2012 because it is the embodiment of a true Time Attack car without all the random crazy flaps, wings, and panels sticking out all over the place and the rear half of the car cut off and replaced with tubes. Sure you'd need some money to recreate the Tilton EVO, but was still 100% pure Mitsubishi CT9A EVO. After the jump is the way you'd have your dream EVO if you had the right combination of builders, crew, driver, owner, and of course money.


 

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Nerd's Eye View: The MCA Suspensions "Hammerhead" Silvia S13

Story by Eric Hsu, Photos by Jeff Naeyaert and Josh Coote at MCA Suspension

The MCA S13 finished in 3rd place overall at the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge which is pretty amazing considering it's rear wheel drive. That's no simple feat in an event dominated by all wheel drive cars, big budgets, and world famous JDM tuners. What got the MCA S13 there was a great build by Murray and Josh Coote and their crew of friends with attention to detail exactly where it was needed. Of course great driving by ex-A1 GP Kiwi driving ace, Earl Bamber, doesn't hurt either. You've seen how crazy this thing looks and you've heard how fast it is. Now come and check out what's underneath the skin of the MCA S13 as I walk you through the car in detail. Best of all, IT DOESN'T HAVE AN LS ENGINE IN IT!


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BEST OF 2012 - Sneak Peek: The NEMO Racing EVO, Part 1

Text by Eric Hsu, MotoIQ Photos by Jeff Naeyaert, all other photos by NEMO Racing

Unless you've been living under a Time Attack rock, there's no doubt you've heard of the amazing NEMO Racing EVO. At the recent 2012 World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, Australia, the NEMO EVO piloted by Aussie V8 Supercars driver Warren Luff,  did it's best lap time of 1:25.020 which effectively destroyed the CyberEVO's record lap time of 1:28.851. That's 3.831 seconds faster than what was previously the fastest Time Attack car in the world. After the jump I break down exactly why this beautifully constructed EVO is the fastest Time Attack car in the world.


 

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Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 9

by Eric Hsu

I realize it's been a long ass time since I've published an update, but they'll start rolling out again somewhat regularly after the new year. The car arrived safely back to Design Craft in September from the giant shipping mishap to China. Progress has been slow with Team American members busy with the remainder of the Formula D season, SEMA, the holidays, and new jobs (for several of us ex-Cosworth people). I never did completely finish the coverage on what happened up until we rolled into the shipping container so part 9 will continue directly from part 8.


 

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MotoIQ Radio: AEM's Paul St. Clair, Playboy MX-5 Cup Driver Beth Chryst, and Global Time Attack's John Naderi

By Justin Banner & Kerryann De La Cruz

AEM's Paul St. Clair will join us once again to give his background in Automotive Racing, AEM talk, and the future of AEM. Beth Chryst who races in the Playboy MX-5 Cup will come on after him to discuss the MX-5 Cup, a little about her career, and we'll get into a discussion about Mazda and its involvement in motorsports. Then, a man who needs no introduction, but I'll give him one anyway! From the Global Time Attack series, John "Nads" Naderi will join us to close out the show. We'll talk about the recent controversy on Nemo, the GTA season to this point, and what we can look towards for 2013 in GTA and Time Attack in general. We'll probably even discuss cutlery and the perfect steak knife to have in your kitchen!


 

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Sneak Peek: The NEMO Racing EVO, Part 2

Story by Eric Hsu, MotoIQ photos by Jeff Naeyaert, other photos by NEMO Racing

In Part 1 we covered a little of the history behind Chris Eaton and the NEMO Racing EVO, some of the build process, and the car's exterior features including the balls out aero. This time in Part 2, we'll cover what's going on inside and some of the awesome details that makes this EVO the fastest Time Attack EVO in the world.


 

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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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VIDEO: Tarzan Yamada Prospective WTAC 2012 Interview

By Mike Kojima

In case you didn't know, Tarzan Yamada is going to be piloting both the Cyber Evo and the Team America/ARK Design BNR32 at this years World Time Attack in Australia.  So if you don't know much about Tarzan, check out this interview of Tarzan that Eric sent me.  The English translation is pretty painful but Tarzan talks about his forays in the time attack world including WTAC.


 

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Under Suzuki’s  Scorch Racing S15-The DIY Time Attack Otaku

By Ellie Nikolova
Do you remember Under Suzuki from the winter time attack season here in Japan? Under is Tomohiko Suzuki’s nick name, which came from the car’s prior understeer problems and his status as a self funded privateer. Suzuki san is the builder, owner and driver of the all-carbon Scorch Racing S15 Silvia, the fastest privateer time attack car on Tsukuba Circuit. Suzuki is aiming for victory this year in the WTAC (World Time Attack Challenge). He finished 5th last time and he is determined to become World Champion. With the RE Amemiya RX-7 and Top Fuel S2000 participating, the Cyber Evo back in the game and of course MotoIQ’s own Team America Skyline GT-R BNR32, it is going to be one very tough fight for sure!

 

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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. 


 

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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.


 

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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.


 

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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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World Time Attack Team America - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Intro Part 2

by Eric Hsu

The team and I have been hard at work with ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R. You may remember this car as the old XS Engineering BNR32 GT-R, but that was the distant past. ARK Design now owns this car and it is being rebuilt from the ground up. Follow us as we convert this car from the glorified street car that it was to the world class Time Attack car that it will become. The team only has until June to have this car built, tested, and loaded into a shipping container for Sydney's 2012 World Time Attack Challenge with a limited budget and limited man power.


 

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