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  $hit Happens: ARK Design BNR32 Will Not Make it to 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:  fucking China. We finally received the word this week there would be no way in hell the car would make it to Sydney in time. 

The car landed in Ningbo, China and was loaded on to another boat to head back to the port of Los Angeles. It should arrive sometime in late August if the shipping company doesn't fuck up again. Back at Design Craft in Los Angeles, Team America will finally complete the car and prepare it for the Global Time Attack/Superlap finals at Buttonwillow Raceway in November 2012. 

While disappointed, I also see this as an opportunity for the team and I to spend more time getting the car right. Also not having to debut the car at a world class event like WTAC is admittedly a huge relief. We effectively get to blame our lack of appearance on another legitimate reason!

Part 9 and part 10 of the build stories to come soon.

Check out the complete story and the formal apology letter from Superlap Australia on the World Time Attack Challenge Website:  Sometimes not everything goes to plan…


 Read The ARK Design BNR32 Build Stories Here!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012 9:29 PM
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 9:35 PM
Sorry to hear of this guys, I was looking forward to this. I'm sure by this time next year the car will be much more developed, and ready for war.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 9:43 PM
Just read about this from the WTAC site yesterday too, gutted for you guys for missing out after such an effort. :(

I don't know what it is with shipping companies these days, a car I was helping to prepare here in Finland for a US event was shipped from the Netherlands to Mexico or Brazil or something crazy like that just two months ago. I mean how difficult can it be to put a container in the right boat, it's all they need to get right and the rest will sort itself...
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 9:46 PM
Sorry for my unprofessional comment. I can't even imagine what your first reaction was.

With that said, don't be too surprised to see a chinese knock-off at WTAC next year!
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 9:49 PM
"Oh no, we suck again!"..........Rob Schneider......Waterboy........Anybody?

Czukuba beat me to a knock-off joke!
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 9:53 PM
Knock, knock
Who's there?
Yeah, not us because some dude in Long Beach thought Australia was spelled C-H-I-N-A!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 11:23 PM
That sucks major balls! This is one hell of a mistake, and someone has to pay for it, I hope you guys get fully reimbursed!
Are you guys still going despite the car? Helping out other team instead?
Thursday, August 09, 2012 2:48 AM
So does the USA have any cars competing in WTAC? It's a real shame to hear that the ARK GT-R will not be there, but at the same time it's probably for the best. It would be a real shame to get there and either have a problem bad enough for the car not to compete, or worse yet have a crash. Also gives you guys enough time to find an American driver (I know of a certain Adderal infused NASCAR driver who needs a ride...).

For the guys who have never worked in a warehouse or in shipping, you have to remember that they go through thousands of containers a day, both big and small. And since everything is barcode controlled, it's surprisingly easy to make a mistake and send a package to the wrong destination. Damaged barcodes can screw up shipments and also the hungover or still stoned workers can also screw up. I'm working as an auditor of a warehouse and it's amazing how badly some of these guys screw up their shipments.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 3:47 AM
Holy Crap....That sucks big time. I was hoping to see this thing wiping the track. You guys seem to be taking it rather well though which is good. Anyway, now setting my calendar for Nov.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 4:19 AM
May I ask which shipping line it was? Hopefully it wasn't the one I work for.
Dan DeRosia
Dan DeRosialink
Thursday, August 09, 2012 4:58 AM
Oh man... nothing I can really say, but my condolences, and still can't wait to see its debut.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 5:08 AM
Devo for you guys. I know what its like to have such a big investment go away for something thats not in your control.

Hope you can make it out here for next year though, first beer is on me!
Thursday, August 09, 2012 6:55 AM
Sorry to hear this Eric, especially after all the hard work you guys have put into it.

I was really looking forward to seeing this car compete soon, but hopefully this means that you guys can get the car setup perfectly for Willow Springs in November and dominate.

Best of luck.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:03 AM
more the stateside to get prepped and more testing and r&d between this year and the next event. i hope like hell, more people will get involved with the project and support team america to bring home the gold. WTAC needs to move the event around the "world".
Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:10 AM
This brings a new meaning to "slow boat to China." Very sorry to read this but looking forward to seeing the debut of the car no matter where that might be.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:11 AM
And by Willow Springs I mean Buttonwillow...always mixing them up.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:41 AM
Eric, I hope that at least you get the right car back.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 8:43 AM
Wait a second, does this mean that Eric and Co. are now working on a car shipped from China? ;-p

I mean, really, of all the places for this car to get sent, China is the one fate decided to deal you...

I really hope you guys don't get proper fucked by customs...
Thursday, August 09, 2012 10:59 AM
Wow, went to f'n China... Freaking China. Are there any Time Attack teams in China?? Is time attack popular there?

I can't imagine the thoughts running through Team America's heads, especially after such a massive effort to get it ready for the container. The container that ended up going to China...

At least you don't have to debut the build at the WTAC, now you all have an extra year to get the build all done and well sharpened before 2013.

Best of luck, sorry to hear about this BS.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 12:46 PM
The irony of it being sent to China... oh man. I just... oh man.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 1:25 PM
Wow...and the Chinese didn't take it apart, reverse engineer it and start selling a replica for 1/10th the price of the original?
Friday, August 10, 2012 6:59 PM
Guys gonna loved to see your R32 build! but gonna say something straight.

Is your car finished yet? Trying to put blame on China where your car is end up is simply an irresponsible quote! Does China did anything which cause your car shipped to the wrong place? Further more its the US shipping company that needs to be blame (Only if your car is really ready for time attack, if not who knows your car still lying on your workshop floor and you are trying to make a story which makes China looks horrible)??

I just want to make things straight as China did nothing to your car. and yes, I will still keep on reading your awesome build!

Good luck.
Eric Hsu
Eric Hsulink
Saturday, August 11, 2012 2:02 AM
I believe you've got it all mixed up. If you read my words carefully, I use the word "fucking" as a general curse and not one directed toward China. Readers commenting are simply having fun with the fact that China typically copies everything from the western world.

Read it all again, think it through, and then feel free to comment again.
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