posted on November 15, 2011 11:40
Super Lap Battle Finals 2011
FXMD NSX & Tyler McQuarrie Break Overall Time Attack Record
By Laura Heng
For many of the top time attack teams the wait for November's Super Lap Battle is a lot like waiting for Christmas to arrive. Early in the year teams set their sights on a target lap time to beat and have all year long to develop and fine tune their race cars to hit those targets. Super Lap Battle (SLB) is an invite only event and by tradition it is held the first Wednesday after SEMA in November. November also happens to feature weather that is just about perfect for record breaking. This year was no exception and we saw more than a few high profile time attack records fall.
|The crew at FXMD fought tooth and nail to break the Sierra Sierra record. FXMD was still able to lay down a 1:40.981 in their last session of the day on tires that were three heat cycles in and their driver Tyler McQuarrie had suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the day.
This year SLB saw the holiest of holy records fall with the FXMD NSX and Tyler McQuarrie beating the overall Buttonwillow time attack track record previously held by the seemingly untouchable Sierra Sierra EVO 8 “Christine” with Dave Empringham at the helm. How large was the margin of victory? The average human blink of an eye is 0.300-0.400 seconds. The FXMD NSX ran a 1:40.981 at this event and the Sierra Sierra EVO 8 ran a 1:41.046 in back in 2010. The time difference between the two cars is 0.065 seconds, much less than the blink of an eye! I hate to use the quote but it just seems fitting for the FXMD record here. “Ask any racer, any real racer. It doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile; winning's winning.” - Dominic Toretto
|The Sierra Sierra EVO 8 “Christine” was the previous all time Buttonwillow record holder and was the first US based team to beat the almighty HKS CT230R record set way back in 2007. Sierra Sierra held the record for one year until FXMD and TMac came along. I hope that next year FXMD and Sierra Sierra will come out to do battle and one of them runs the first sub 1:40 lap time.
|Tyler McQuarrie nearly pulled his shoulder out of its socket at the corner dubbed “Bus Stop”. The guy kneeling is FXMD's Andrew Brilliant who designed the killer aero package that develops massive downforce on the NSX. The NSX requires not only lightning fast reaction times but also a great deal of strength to drive at the limit and as you can see the aero load can try to rip your arms off from the drivers seat.
In all there were 5 records broken at the event and a few of them were broken with an extremely small margin of victory. At time attack events you’re not only competing against the competition on that given day, but you are also up against every single time that has ever been clocked in time attack. To get metaphysical on you, you are competing across the time and space continuum in an attempt to be the fastest team in history. To break records you have to be the best of the best which is what Super Lap Battle is all about. It is absolutely amazing at how fast time attack cars have gotten in just a few short years.
|Chris Rado is the only front wheel drive car to have ever run under 1:50. Rado was able to push his own Unlimited FF record deep into the sub 1:50 zone in the World Racing Scion FWing. The Scion FWing is way out in front in the Unlimited FF class with a 1:47.394 lap time set at this year's SLB event. Rado beat the old record by over 2 seconds!
|Fes of FXMD accepts the hardware on behalf of Tyler McQuarrie who was nursing his injured shoulder. FXMD is one of the teams that certainly embodies the spirit of time attack. This team consistently goes faster on a shoestring budget by being one of the most innovative teams in time attack. Well done Fes & FXMD!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:36 PM
Warning! Shameless self promotion! All except one of the records this year had my aero consulting, the remaining one beat a record from my own car's SLB record, but was still slower by 0.7 secs than its RTA record at the same track (1:54.070).
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:40 PM
excuse me mr. brilliant, save the plugs for the "ask a aero guy" segment. great job dude. im sure you are super proud.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:52 PM
I gotta say one more thing Will about the FXMD team! Sorry! The number that SSE ran at BW is really something else, it was so tough to hit that number. With the specs on that car they must have tested a lot and really dialed the car in for that place and driven it perfectly. Even with their rumored 1000hp, I wish I could explain how much work and testing was done to hit that number. Fes put in some insane quantity of hours, Grant (fabricator), Jon K (tuning) and Nami gave up so much time with his family, etc to manage the whole thing, lots of people helped out as well, Bruce, Bosko, Panda, Keoni, Emi, I think if any one person was missing it would have fallen apart. Tyler had to learn a new car and drive it to the number all on the same day, no small feat, its not the kind of car you just figure out in a few laps.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:00 PM
Great stuff as usual Laura! LOVE time attack! 2 quick questions: Why wasn't Dez pulling out his Mini madness? Any truth to the rumor that Jr. was running a KW supercharger on that CRZ? Thing looked bone stock from the pic.
Andrew - congrats to you and the teams that broke those records. I'm no aero guy but are those vortex generators running down the rear window?
Will - I'll try and come up with some good questions for you! Don't worry :)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:04 PM
PS Speaking as a 6'4" man who loves opportunities to drive S2000s. I fit MUCH easier with the top down ;)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:09 PM
Der Bruce, they are louvers, you are just seeing them from a side view. They were an inelegant solution that was meant to be temporary but is staying for the moment.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:15 PM
great coverage! FXMD FTW!!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:38 AM
Wow, that is super awesome. (as a big time SSE fan it hurts a lil, lol, but as a bigger fan of TimeAttack and US-based TA, its awesome to see the record change hands again)
Big time congrats for FXMD, and Andrew B. !!
I had every appendage possible crossed for a strong response from SSE, especially after not being able to unleash the beast at WTAC... next year apparently!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:01 AM
great coverage, thank you motoIQ!!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:49 AM
Hybrid class? Nice! But seriously are there any cars other than the CR-Z that are worth racing there? That could be a very interesting class if someone gets creative. Congrats to the FXMD team, can we get another look inside their car? Sounds like it's gone through some major changes lately.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:15 PM
Super Lap Battle 2011 FINALS
1. FXMD NSX - Tyler McQuarrie - 1:40.981 *NEW RECORD **NEW OVERALL RECORD
1. UMS Tuning EVO 8/9 - Tony Szirka - 1:55.771
2. Crawford STI - Tarzan Yamada - 2:05.861
1. World Racing FWing - Chris Rado - 1:47.394 *NEW RECORD
2. Andy Hope Fan Club CRX - Andy Hope - 1:59.477
3. APM Racing RSX - Richie Ho - 2:05.280
1. Berk Technology 135i - Carl Rydquist - 1:53.221 *NEW RECORD
2. Platte Forme AG M3 - Tarzan Yamada - 1:53.457
3. Spec Clutch S14 - Dave Norton - 1:58.487
1. Evasive EVO 9 - Mike Chang - 1:49.124
2. Gates311 EVO X - Ryan Gates - 1:50.181
3. Snail Performance WRX - Travis Barnes - 2:02.953
1. Sportcar Motion - Integra - Tim Kuo - 1:54.789 *NEW RECORD
2. Donkey Bop! Civic - Damien Cook - 2:02.401
3. Novak HVAC Civic - Ryan Novak - 2:02.751
1. Evasive S2000 - Rob Walker - 1:57.887
2. Momofolio S2000 - Alex Peng - 1:59.066
3. Platte Forme AG Z4 Coupe - Terry Liu - 2:00.388
1. Evasive EVO 9 - Phillip Chase - 1:57.735
2. South Coast Subaru EVO X - Tony Fuentes - 2:04.185
3. Integrated Performance STI - Tony Brown - 2:05.623
1. Apollo Focus - Clint Boisdeau - 1:59.086 *NEW RECORD
2. Sportcar Motion Civic - Renzo Marsano - 2:02.088
3. Raceline Integra - Elton Lo - 2:07.289
1. Jackson Racing CRZ - Oscar Jackson Jr. - 2:12.082
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:44 PM
I am actually happy that Tyler almost dislocated his shoulder, in a sense this shows that top contenders (race cars) require the drivers to be phisically fit, not only have good driving technique but be fit and strong is mandatory.
That means that as the Motorsport evolves and top contenders keep pushing the limits, the designated drivers have to be in-sync with the car and have enough stamina/ energy to handle the car's handling characteristic.
The fat people should start to realize that having excellent driving technique is no longer the only prerequisite to go fast.
(F1 drivers train like hell and do grueling exercises in order for them to control the car at high g-force turns, acceleration, deceleration and so forth).
Again, I'm not happy per se that Tyler almost dislocated his shoulder. I'm happy to see that finally this sport requires not just good technique but a solid workout program to be successful.
Congrats to anyone involved with the victory of the FXMD Cricket NSX.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:19 AM
Time Attack driver, the next generation?
Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:22 PM
@JDMSized; shoulders, traps, lats and neck...oh and a being able to press heavy pedals ;)
Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:15 PM
@Mikah McMahan: exactly !
I remember growing up and my dad used to take my brother and I to the track racing karts (80cc, and 125cc)....
I remember all the phisical pain we went thru. Blisters the size of quarters on the hands from over gripping the steering wheel, cramps in my calfs from keep pushing on the gas/ brake pedals. Huge arm pump from the lack of power steering....lol
Not to mention bruises all over my rib cage from bumping constantly on the fiberglass bucket seat (with minimal padding)....and the dehydration we would face when we pulled into the pit. Epic days for sure!
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