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Open Class: Dr Honda Honda Civic

In 2010 this Honda Civic also known as ” The Bumblebee” or “The DR HONDA CIVIC” broke records setting the benchmark for years to come.

Being not only a FWD but a naturally aspirated one at that, the YouTube video of the record lap of 1:40.9 has been seen by almost quarter of a million people all around the world.

The driver, John ‘BOZ’ Boston, is super excited to be driving the Honda Civic again and can’t wait to see what the car has to offer in 2012.

Since 2010 the Civic has gone some minor upgrades. Further weight reduction, more power, a full revamp of the suspension, increased aero and a new fuel system. Despite all the improvements, The Bumblebee remained naturally aspirated and still looks like it did in its original 2010 configuration.

With BYP, MightyMouse all showing massive potential this year, it looks like The Bumblebee will have a tough battle ahead of it.

Open Class: V-Sport Evo X

One company that has been involved with us from the very beginning of the Superlap days  is Sydney based brake and race parts specialist V-Sport.

V-Sport have been both a sponsor and a competitor and in 2012 they will have a huge display of all the cool stuff they sell as well as competing with their now highly developed Evo X Time Attack car with Canberra based ace wheel man Rick Bates driving for the team.

This car first appeared at WTAC 2011 in a much milder state of tune as a revamped time attack version of the company director Barry Smith’s targa rally car. As it often happens with these type of things the “time attack bug” bit hard and what we are now looking at is serious track monster and a real threat to the open class title.

Recent tests at Wakefield showed the car capable of almost one minute flat with Rick’s brother Neal Bates driving on “low boost and old tyres”. Like so many other teams, V-Sport are saving the “real” show for WTAC.

At the heart of this beast is a forged 2L Engine with a Cosworth Ported Big Valve Head, Full-Race Exhaust Manifold and a Borgwarner EFR Turbocharger with twin Tial wastegates. Handling the intake side of things is a trick Hypertune Inlet Manifold and Custom Intercooler. The ECU is a Motec M800 with a Motec PDM, Motec CAN Unit and  Motec Diff Controller. The Ignition System is by M&W.

As V-Sport is the Australian distributor for AP Racing it is only natural that the clutch would be an  AP Racing Clutch. This feeds back into a Modena Dog box and all up to well over 350KW at a very conservative 15psi.

“Dont at all be surprised if we wind it closer to 20psi on the day” said V-Sport crew chief Todd Gleeson “that will see power soar over 400kw at the wheels but the way it is at the moment it is so balanced and as the car is very light it may well be enough to put us where we want to be. As many guys found out last year, the guy that wins won’t be the guy with the most power but more likely the best all round package and this one is pretty good.”

Inside we find a Racetech Carbon Seat, a Sabelt Steering wheel and 6 Point Harness and a Motec Dash to allow the team to analyze data.  An AP Racing Pedal Box takes care of the footwell and AP Air Jacks make tyre changes a breeze.

V-Sport are also the Australian distributor for Brembo so once again it is natural to see a set of ultra trick  Brembo Racing 4 piston front brakes on the front and  the same on the rear. On each corner is a set of MCA Suspension coil-overs by fellow time attack competitor Murray Coote.

The rest of the car features Seibon Carbon Doors, Seibon Carbon Guards, Seibon Carbon Boot Lid, Seibon Carbon Bonnet, APR Carbon Wing, Enkei Wheels 18×10.5 wrapped in Hankook Ventus Z221 tyres.

V-sport Australia is the industry leading supplier of motorsport brands and products from around the globe, catering for the performance car enthusiast all the way up to state and national racing competitors. V-Sport’s highly experienced employees understand the massive demand for quality products and accurate information because they race themselves!

Supplying product from brands like Brembo, AP Racing, Goodridge, Sabelt, Racetech, Stilo and many more, V-Sport understand that Australian vehicle enthusiasts and competitors require the best products available on an international scale. By attending track days, state based championships, tarmac and road rally events to both trade and compete, V-sport are constantly evolving their product range to ensure customers are getting quality products that are tested and backed by their own team and staff personally.

V-Sport Australia
10/70 Holbeche Road, Blacktown NSW 2148
Tel: (02) 9679 8644

Clubsprint Class: Whiteline R35 GTR

If there was ever a car set to dominate in the Clubsprint Class at World Time Attack it is most certainly the R35 GTR and this certainly rung true in 2011 with R35s taking the top two places on the podium.  In the top spot with time of 1.42.49 was Marek Tomaszewski in the lightning fast white R35 GTR. Returning in 2012 with support of Whiteline Performance products and Hankook tyre.

Marek has been a long time time attack competitor, stretching right back to the Oran Park Superlap days when he campaigned a Mitsubishi Evo in the Clubsprint class.

Unlike many other competitors, Marek has remained in this class and since moving to the R35 has developed what could be seen as “the ultimate in streetcars” finishing in 6th position at WTAC 2010 and number ONE in 2011!

The car is a simple, yet potent combination with engine and suspension upgrades all providing a very neutral handling car. The car sports a bevy of Whiteline gear including adjustable front and rear swaybars and drop links, front camber and  caster kits and adjustable rear control arms.

This coupled with some engine tweaks and Hankook Ventus RS3 tyres should see Marek start as one of red hot favourites next week in the Clubsprint class. One minute forty on street tyres? 2012 may well be the year!

Whiteline boasts a worldwide reputation as a leading manufacturer of replacement, enhancement and performance suspension components that deliver significant gains in vehicle balance, steering precision, grip levels and outright driving performance. Consisting of adjustable sway bars (also known as Stabilizer Bars or Anti Roll Bars), chassis bracing, alignment products and chassis control bushing kits, Whiteline products provide automotive workshops, tuners, enthusiasts and racers with innovative solutions to suspension and handling problems while delivering proven performance & problem solving outcomes for many of the worlds vehicle platforms.

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WTAC vs The World

“If it’s not door-to-door it’s not racing!”
“Real racing goes for 30 laps, not just one”
“Time attack cars are pretend race cars”
“It’s just like a club outing for the JDM teens”

Yes, we’ve heard them all. The criticisms and the put downs from both ends of the motorsport spectrum. For the most part we simply ignore them and move on, but sometimes it is important to set the record straight.

Let’s start at the beginning. The sport of time attack has its roots in Japan, and has been, from the very outset, a competition between tuning shops – a tuning workshop battle if you will. One of the guiding principles of the World Time Attack Challenge was to stay true to that format, hence the rules of WTAC closely resemble those of the original Tsukuba event.

If you’re used to watching V8 Supercars then you’re in for a surprise. Time Attack is not door-to-door racing, but neither is WRC, Hill Climbs or any form of Motorkhana. That doesn’t make it “worse” or “not real racing” it’s just a different form of motorsport.

Time Attack is just as intense as any door-to-door racing, the mental and physical demands placed on the man and his machine are enormous. Without the stress of competing directly against other cars on the track, the driver can concentrate on a single goal – getting around the track as fast as possible. Pure speed. Man and machine against time. That’s what time attack is all about.

So it is true that one fast lap is all that matters. Time attack is not an endurance race.  Neither is drag racing – that doesn’t meant it’s not “real racing”. Again, it’s simply a different form of motorsport.

Having said that, it is not true that the car needs to only do one lap. Over the course of WTAC, an average Pro Class car will do approximately 30 laps. That’s not counting the practice before the event. So calling time attack cars “1 Lap Race Cars” is a gross underestimation of their potential.

By far, the biggest group of critics are the ones comparing time attack cars to the modified street cars, usually citing WRXs, Evos or Skylines. And to certain extent, they’re right. Time Attack is very much a “grassroots” motorsport. Rather than denying it, we’re actually rather proud of that fact. The fact that our fans can identify with the cars that are competing at WTAC is part of the reason the event is so successful.

Granted, the Pro Class and the pointy end of the Open Class are filled with big dollar cars that can never be mistaken for “street” vehicles, but look further down the field and you’ll see cars that are within the reach of most of the spectators.  What others see as the downside of time attack, we see as a huge advantage.

What other form of motorsport would allow you to enter an international event and rub shoulders with the racing stars from all over the globe, with your car pitted next door to the world champions? Formula 1? We don’t think so. WRC? Good luck with that. Even the local V8 Supercars would not dream of having entry level privateers sharing garages with the top runners.

And while on the subject of the top runners, it always amazes us just how greatly people outside time attack underestimate the speed with which these cars go around the track.

These days we just tend to quote the lap times from last year’s event. Numbers have this incredible ability to silence any smartass critics. The winning lap in 2011 was 1:28, and there were four cars running 1:30 and under. Even if you just have a vague idea about Eastern Creek lap times, you will nod your head with respect.

What’s even more remarkable is the fact that the cars that run those incredible times are not what you would call “big budget” teams. Even at the top end of the Pro Class, the teams would be considered “privateers” in any other form of motorsport.

Most of the cars are financed by workshops or very committed individuals with a passion for the sport. There is no manufacturer-backing like in WRC, no global corporate sponsors like in Formula 1. All the time attack teams are on very lean budgets in comparison to other international motorsport series.

An average Formula 1 team budget is estimated at between 120-400 million per year, in NASCAR it’s about 20 million, V8 Supercars top teams will have about $10 million per year to play with while a Top Fuel drag racing team will cost around 1-2 million per season.

Compare that to an average top-level Pro Class Time Attack team budget of around $200 – $400 thousand and you start to appreciate the monetary gap between time attack and the big world of motor racing. And we won’t even go into the R&D and testing facilities and time allocated to the likes of V8 Supercars, WRC or Formula 1. Put in that context, time attack racing has incredibly fast cars, built and campaigned on very limited budgets.

World Time Attack Challenge has grown to be a true international event, putting the sport of time attack onto the global motor racing map. It has the international teams, media, industry support and spectator numbers to rival many bigger, established events, but its biggest drawcard has always been its relevance to the fans.

We’ll end this story with a touching scene one of our staff witnessed in the pits at last year’s event. A group of three or four young spectators crowded one of the Clubsprint Class cars,  standing beside it, watching as the crew prepared the car for its next session. Then one of the young boys turned around to his friends and said: “I’m gonna build one just like it and race it next year!”

And that, dear fans, is the very essence of  World Time Attack.
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Open Class: Uber Motorsport Evo X

What started as a crazy idea in 2009 has finally become reality.  Many of you saw the prototype Uber wide body Evo X on display at WTAC in 2011 (thanks to Bob Pearson of ProDuct for letting us display our radical ideas on his prep’d GTP Evo X)

This Uber Motorsport’s first shot at competing in WTAC, so while they take racing very seriously, the team is also realistic about their potential – with limited testing time and a brand new car.

“We’ve used FEA to design our wide body to retain the Evo X’s fundamental shape – just give it a big course of steroids I guess…  So we are really excited to see the results of all our work and investment.”

UberMotorsport make doors, boot and bonnet from prepreg dry carbon (made in an auto calve as per an F1 chassis) so they are extremely strong and light – with the doors weighing 3.9kg each – including the door trim mounts!

“We’ve saved 22kg by replacing the standard boot with our own dry carbon boot, which fitted perfectly without any modification required at all.  Same goes for the doors – we replaced all 4 doors (including striping and reinstalling all the trims from the OEM doors) in 1.5 days – nice to have parts that actually fit out of the box!”

“We’ve just run out of time and gone over budget, so we didn’t get all the development that we planned on, but that’s motorsport.  We are just happy to be part of the event this year and set some bases for a big tilt at WTAC 2013.”

“At this stage, we are sticking with a fairly stock engine set up, as we feel this will build rev’s quickly to help the GTX3582R stay in the optimal boost range.  Full Race helped out with their really nicely engineered twin scroll exhaust manifold with twin Tial MV-R 44m external gates. Feeding the E85 through our Injector Dynamics ID2000 injectors is the new Walbro tank with a custom surge tank.  We expect to make strong power through the rev’s to make the car easy to drive, rather than huge power and be fighting it all the time. We are working on the lightweight with strong aero philosophy to be reliable and consistent speed all around the circuit.”

“Fortunately, with Tom having enormous experience preparing numerous Evo 8s and Xs for Bob’s GTP and endurance racing, we are confident we will have a strong platform to lay down respectable times.”

“Bob’s support and encouragement over the past 18 months has been incredibly generous only surpassed by his engineer, Tom Cusamano, who’s been the key guy in pulling this whole thing together.  Tom has been one of the only people I’ve been able to completely rely on and trust to know that he will not only deliver on what he says he will do, but even go the extra miles when others have let us down.  My sincere and heart felt thanks go to Tom and Bob for not only believing in Uber, but following it up with actions because without Tom’s passion, dedication and knowledge, it would just would have happened.”

“Our goal has been to work with Australian companies as much as possible, as I believe Australian manufacturers are some of the best in the world – just look at DBA Australia, PWR, Turbosmart and SpeedFlow to name a few.”

The kit mounts to align with factory Mitsubishi styling and increase the width of the Evo X by 110mm.  The basic kit is available to all Evo X owners and includes the front bumper, front guards, side skirts, rear guards and rear bumper in the basic kit and in the Race kit includes front splitter, canards, side skirt extensions, doors, hood, trunk, Uber Dynamic Wing, rear diffuser, and vortex diffuser.

State of the art laser scanning technology was used to precisely map key mounting points and critical areas for optimal aerodynamic improvement.  We then used advance 3D computer modelling and flow dynamics in a virtual wind tunnel to make the shape even more slippery and aero efficient.

“We looked at the Evo X and considered the huge potential it has a road car, retained the fundamental aerodynamics that Mitsubishi developed and took it to a whole new level!” says Adam Quinn, CEO & President of UberMotorsport.

Openings on the trailing side of the front guards provide a negative pressure area that effectively pulls air over the brake rotors to assist in brake cooling, with side skirts designed to capture that heated air to flow over the dual layered horizontal surfaces of the widened skirts that emulate the F1 concept of hot exhaust gas blowing over diffusers to get a little more down force on down changes – it all adds up!

Adam said, “We wanted to develop a GT level wide body kit that was functional, and actually made a substantial improvement to the aero performance of the Evo X.  Not only did the kit need to look incredible, it needed to also be lighter than the OEM car, which is why we have developed a cost effective platform that is still great value for money for enthusiasts and racers alike.  We needed to keep the customer price as low as possible but the quality of our components to the highest possible standard.”

Increasing the total width by 110mm is not as easy as it sounds, but to be able to fit up to 18 x 11 inch wheels and 295 wide tyres under all 4 corners needs as much width as possible, especially to get all that power to the track.

Forged titan wheel studs are only 43 grams each, compared to 160 grams for the OEM items, and titanium race lug nuts are 15 grams each compared to the OEM nuts at 110 grams.  This is a significant reduction in rotating mass, which in turn makes a very noticeable improvement in late braking point, higher corner speed and the ability to exit corners faster whilst maintaining a tighter line that with a heavier car.  Adam says these core fundamentals in reducing overall weight of a car, especially rotating mass and lowering centre of gravity are critical to Uber’s design philosophies.

Although the images in this article are computer generated, we have been assured that the prototype is very similar, with any changes made to further improve the aero and performance of the final product.

“We are very proud to be sponsored by DBA Australia, Wholesale Suspension, Turbosmart and have special support from PWR (custom intercooler), as well as GCG Turbos, Full Race Manifolds, Injector Dynamics, Indy as IS Motorracing with special thanks to FibreMaster, SpeedFab, Pollard Carbon Fibre, Endless brake pads, Cooper Customs, Tilton Interiors, and especially Tom Cusamano and Bob Pearson at ProDuct.”

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Open Class: Chasers Motorworks Evo 6

After months of planning, design, development and testing, Chasers Motorworks is returning to World Time Attack racing and they are only after one thing in 2012 and that is a spot on the podium.

“WTAC 2011 was our first event and although we would like to have done well, it was really an exercise in collecting data and learning what it was going to take to get a good result.” said Chasers boss Glenn Trollope “We were looking after four cars – three in Open and one in Clubsprint class. This was a good way to get as much info as possible but not ideal for results as it was a big stretch for us.”

“The car we’ve prepared for this year’s event will be driven by the owner Alif “Billy The Kid” Hamdan.  It’s a Mitsubishi Evo 6 known as the Blue Lady. We call it an Evo 69 because it now has an Evo 9 MIVEC head in an Evo 6 body. Tuned by our Motec guru, Paul Flourentzou, with a Motec M800 and CDI unit, she has more power, more torque and better response than she ran at WTAC 2011.”

“The body has undergone some weight reduction with help from a new rear subframe from Race Fab in New Zealand. We’ve also done a lot of weight redistribution to help handling and are running custom MCA Suspension which has been refined by Ralph & Zac at Trutrack Suspension. A new SSS sequential shifter has been fitted allowing full throttle upshifting of the Albins dogbox. Also, the car is now running with TE37SL 18x11J rims and 295 Yokohama A050’s.”

“Testing the suspension with the non-MIVEC HKS 2 litre engine at Winton, Alif managed a record breaking 1.27.9. From there we knew we had a good base to start with. We then fitted a basic custom aero package designed by our own Paul Flourentzou with the help of Riccardo Pagliarella & Thomas Yankos from RMIT. It’s been fabricated by Greg & Rob at FABRaiCATIONS.”  

“Testing of aero was conducted at Phillip Island because of its high speed bends. We allowed Alif one session to actually set a time in between our constant speed and coast down tests and he managed a 1:40.5 – about 4 seconds quicker than his PB.”

“Our young and talented owner/driver Alif Mohamed Hamdan from Malaysia is only 20 years old and we’re sure he has a bright future ahead of him in motor racing. His time of 1.37.9 placed him 8th in WTAC 2011. This year Alif attended Radical driver training at Eastern Creek to get more familiar with the circuit. In the process he showed he can lap the circuit as well as anyone, laying down a best lap of 1:35.6.”

“Despite having some setbacks we’ve come together with our trusted supporters/suppliers to get this car where we wanted it. Special thanks to Greg and Rob from FABRaiCATIONS in Braeside for a mammoth effort to make the aero in such a short time.You guys made the impossible, possible!”

Chasers would also like to thank all our supporters and those who have helped us along the way. Thank you Craig Geddes from Albins, Greg and Sean from TopTorque and Athid from Motul for all our engine oil needs

A special thanks to the Chasers Team of Paul Flourentzou – our Director and tuner, Nathan Butler (Chief Mechanic of Blue lady), Edward Agg and Hasitha Suraweera for all your hard work and long hours.

Chasers Motorworks
4/440 Dynon Road, West Melbourne VIC 3003 Tel: 03 9687 7118

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