We are proud to announce one of the worlds legendary rotary tuning houses RE Amemiya have confirmed they will be debuting their “Hurricane” RX7 at World Time Attack 2012 in Sydney Australia. This car was first displayed at Tokyo Autosalon 2011 where it wooed the crowd but has never raced since its show debut. We are certain the eyes of the world will be on this car when it hits the pavement in August.
One thing is for certain and that is that is that these guys are no strangers to the rotary engine or professional level motor racing. RE Amemiya is a Chiba based tuning company founded by Isami Amemiya in 1974 and still running to this day under his direction. This team have competed in Japanese Super GT for many years starting in 1995 as the sole rotary engine participant with a 20B powered RX7 and culminating in 2006 when they won the Japanese Super GT300 Championship.
They have also competed in D1 Grand Prix for many years in rotary powered vehicles and often feature on the podium. Many RE Amemiya cars have featured prominently on video games throughout the years including Gran Turismo 4 and 5.
The blue “Hurricane” RX7 is currently undergoing the transformation from “showstopper” to “record breaker” in the lead up to WTAC 2012. The car will be powered by a 20B turbocharged engine that will make “around” 700 horsepower and no doubt will draw on this teams years of experience in Super GT racing. They have told us they will be replacing many parts from their Super GT car onto this vehicle to bring it to race specification although they did tell us the car, in true “tuner car tradition” will retain much of the original chassis unlike their arch rivals in the Revolution RX7, who we may add are good mates off the track.
Whilst they have not confirmed who will be driving for them yet you can rest assured that it will be level A driver probably someone from Japanese Super GT. The team will be supported by Yokohama Japan and will run on the new soft 295 Advan AO50 tyres. “We are honoured to accept the invitation to compete in World Time Attack in Australia” said Amemiya-san from his workshop “we have competed in, and been successful in most other forms of motorsport before but we have never really competed in professional level time attack racing so this is a new challenge”
One thing you can be assured of and that is that this team will not be coming all this way to mess about. When you have the resources of a professional level race team you are normally able to ”hit the ground running” as we have seen in the past with ex Formula Atlantic team Sierra Sierra. The quality of the build really has to be seen to be believed and when we asked what areas they will be improving before WTAC they replied “Many areas, but mainly aero, weight and vehicle dynamics”…
We will keep you up to date with the progress of the blue “Hurricane RX7” on here in the coming months but it is just so awesome to have another huge name that many thought they would only dream of seeing race in their lifetime coming to race in our country in the not too distant future, and we are pretty sure these guys are coming here to win too. We will now have to wait and see if Revolution will be back because we can only imagine how cool it would be seeing these teams go head to head!