Scorch Racing

Battle Evome @ Tsukuba Circuit Part 1

By Elena Nikolova

Last freezing Sunday I went to check out the second round of an amateur time attack race called Evome Battle, held on  Tsukuba circuit. The series was originally a Lancer Evolution event, but has grown a lot since then. The variety of cars participating now is much wider. I may be losing feeling in my fingers while I'm clicking around the cars, but performance-wise the weather conditions in the Kanto area (where Tsukuba circuit is) are perfect for a track day – sunny and dry, with temperatures around the freezing point.

Scorch Racing Silvia S15
The Scorch Racing Nissan Silvia S15 always draws a crowd.

What seemed to be the main attraction in the paddock though was another Silvia – the Scorch Racing Nissan S15, owned and driven by Tomohiko Suzuki - ordinary worker during daytime who turns into Under Suzuki in the tuning shop at night. Admirations for this man who is so devoted to his passion that he's brought it to a professional level. He actually has a film crew following him around, following every step of the way. Suzuki-san started building the car by himself after-hours years ago, with the help of a few friends, and the progress he's made since then is spectacular.

Suzuki says he has no idea if the car will ever be completed, as he spends only a few hours every day working on it. He's sure done some serious work there.


Scorch Racing S15 Carbon bodywork
Pretty much the whole exterior of the car is constructed from self-made wet carbon elements.


Scorch Racing s15 interior
The very light-weight body combined with the stripped interior amounts to a total vehicle weight of a little over 1000 Kg.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:08 AM
Thanks for the article.
I would love to see that S15 in person.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:22 AM
I always wonder how these cars would stack up if they had one good driver take them all out and do some hot laps. They are all so differently prepared, but I am sure driver ability is one of the bigger discrepencies between lap times in these cars. Maybe thats not what this is all about but I am curious nonetheless.

I know I for one would not be willing to hand over the keys to my baby to some dude and let him flog my car, regardless of his credentials.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 9:43 AM
@SM_Clay 72
Not even someone like Tarzan? But you also have to remember that each car is set up to the driver and their style. So driver style is less of a factor.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:04 PM
Good coverage, but not enough. We want more :)
Here's Suzuki personal blog for those of you interested in the progress of the S15:
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:44 PM
Any more pictures of the RX-7 engine bays (maybe post in the forum or something)?
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 5:58 PM
I love me some Time Attack coverage :-) I especially love seeing how the times turned out, thank you. Hmmm, this discussion of a Part II and parking lot finds reminds me of another website I saw out there..... ;|
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 8:46 AM
Thank you all for the comments. It's far from good enough, but I'm trying to do my best.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:13 PM
Nothing gets me going like TA cars! So awesome, for so many reasons. Loving AB's aero on the ScorchS15, looking mean and purposeful, with killer results already.

If I am being honest, I would have liked clicking "Next Page" a few more times though; More TA is always a good thing for performance minded people (as far as I am concerned) ... Thanks for post
Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:15 PM
Very cool, thanks for the blog-link JDM!
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