With many of the other teams doing their final shakedown at either Fuji Speedway or Suzuka Circuit it was unusual to see Suzuki-san and the Scorch s15 at Tsukuba Circuit.
“Yes, Tsukuba circuit is not ideal for World Time Attack testing but I am limited in how much time I can have off from my job and Fuji is such a long way away so I have to make do with what I can” said Suzuki-san as he unloaded his S15 for a morning test session.
What was very evident though was just how serious the aero is on this car now and a lot of this became clearer when we saw American aero ace Andrew Brilliant arrive to assist the Scorch team with their final shakedown.
“This is a very interesting project and one that has been put together with years of trial and error. I have been employed to fast track them to the next level. What is very interesting is that this car still has no flat floor, and that will be probably the next big step as time and resources allow.” said Andrew Brilliant.
“What you have to remember is that there is no big team of guys behind this operation so it can take a while to make things happen as just about everything on this car is done after hours by Suzuki himself. My thought process is that we can possibly have more down force than most of the Pro Class field as it is and this was all done a lot easier than building a flat floor.”
“I do not take this project lightly. It is amazing what these guys have done so far but now I see it as changing just about everything about the car. We are working our way slowly up to that and trying to stay ahead of the competition on the way there.”
“Make no mistake, this car will be fast this year, very fast in fact. I would not at all be surprised, if all the ducks line up on the day, that he is right toward the front of the pack.” said Andrew Brilliant.
The engine is also in higher state of tune running a new spec GCG turbo and several other changes that push the horsepower closer to the 800 mark. It is also interesting to note that Suzuki still uses power assisted brakes unlike most other teams that run a pedal box with dual master cylinders.
The rear wing was one of the major revamps with much larger side plates and other integrations. It was interesting to hear Andrew tell us they were actually working on frontal down force – something that may indicate this wing is certainly doing its job properly.
The team did not record any full lap times on the day and were simply doing sector times on certain corners to indicate if they were moving in the right direction. There were, however, smiles all around as they packed up for the day so we can only assume things went very well indeed. Bring on October!