If there ever was a car you had to visualise when you talk about the history of time attack racing in Australia then this car would have to be it. This is the original Hi Octane Racing R32 GTR that reset many track records and dominated Dutton rallies and sprints around Australia in the hands of the formidable duo of Mark Berry and Russell Newman before a complete makeover and a trip to Tsukuba Japan for the Revspeed battle in 2007 where Mark Berry punted it around in under a minute despite only having medium compound tyres in freezing conditions, making this car the first and only Australian car to ever compete in a Japanese time attack event

After returning from Japan, the car competed in the first ever Australian Superlap at Oran Park with Mark Berry taking the runner up position by mere fractions of a second to the supercharged Honda powered GT spec Lotus of Peter Lucas. From here the car was sold to long time Hi Octane Racing associate David Williams to fund the build of the new R34 GTR pro car where it successfully competed in the 2009 Superlap event at Oran Park before being sold back into the hands of Berry/Newman once again in 2010 and with the support of Yokohama Australia and now wearing the same war paint as the Advan/Hi Octane R34 GTR, the car successfully competed in the World Time Attack Pro Class in the hands of Russell Newman finishing in 11th place coincidently behind Peter Lucas in the Lotus once again with a time of 1.38.2

The car sports a full catalogue of Hi Octane parts with a GT 500 block, a Tomei billet full counter crankshaft, Tomei H beam rods and CP Pistons. The head is stuffed full of the best gear too with a set of  Tomei 270 degree camshafts operating a full Tomei valve train. A Hypertune 6 throttle inlet manifold and a host of Turbosmart gear round out the engine with a set of classified Hi Octane spec ball bearing turbochargers. As with the R34 GTR this car also runs the unique Hi Octane Racing dry sump system to ensure 100% positive oiling under all conditions and giving it a reliabilty record many can only dream about. The car now sports a sequential Holinger 6 speed transmission, a Cusco front diff and Nismo rear diff. The suspension is big dollar hand made Swedish made Ohlins and the wheels and tyres are of course Advan rims with sticky soft AO50 tyres. For 2011 the decision was made to compete in the Open Class where the car should be much more competitive given its complete lack of aero and almost standard body profile. The car will be driven once again by Russell Newman who will be making the long trip down from Darwin where he now resides. Click here to read full spec sheet

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