It is that time of the year when we really start the big countdown to WTAC as the Japanese cars prepare for the big voyage down under at Yokohama Port. Pictured above is a car the whole world has waited to see run in anger and it will make its public debut at WTAC, the gorgeous RE Amemiya RX7 known as “the Hurricane”
Next up is what will almost certainly be walking away from this event with the title of the world’s fastest S2000, the infamous S2000RR from legendary Honda tuning house Top Fuel, with all of its striking aero removed for transport, and the ride height wound up looked remarkably pedestrian and certainly gave no inkling of what this car is capable of, especially in the hands of one of Japans best wheel men.
Not long after Panspeed turned up in the newly finished RX8, a car we had not previously had the chance to see.
Next to arrive was the “working class hero” Under Suzuki and the Scorch Racing crew. Like most other Japanese teams this is another car that has undergone “wholesale” changes and is another car that is chasing outright honors in the Pro Class.
And so the Scorch crew pushed the car to into the docks ready to be loaded. This is actually the “whole” Scorch crew, Suzuki-san, Takemura-san and another buddy that tags along to help.
Then the packing commenced and when you are talking Pro level time attack racing there is a stack of stuff to fit in. The Japanese teams alone will each devour a minimum of 5 sets of semi slick Ao50 tyres over the course of the event. That is 120 of 295/30/18 tyres that we need to ship just for the time attack guys.
Then later that afternoon the Cyber Evo made its appearance in its striking new orange livery. The build of this car has gone right to the wire with the car being finished and have one quick wet weather shakedown just days before. With Tarzan expressing concern about one particular part, the car was shipped back down to C West in Osaka to modify it and then shipped back up the following day making the dock just in time!
The two Team Orange drift cars had left a week earlier as they have some promotional duties with Yokohama Australia prior to WTAC.
And the week before that over in Rutland England, the Redbrick Evo was loaded into a matching orange container for the big trip down under.
So that leaves the Kiwis and the Americans. The Kiwis are due to load next week and no doubt we will see some media releases particularly around the crazy D1NZ guys who have a real thing about keeping Australian trophies in the cabinets.
And that just leaves the Americans… As the Japanese teams were loading their cars into containers, we’ve been quietly wondering how things were progressing in the good old US of A. It’s no secret that Team America have undertaken a massive project with a very limited time available. Then, late afternoon the phone rings: “Ian, it’s Eric Hsu. Dude, we did it, the car is loaded and we are on the way!”
So this year, for the first time ever we will have FIVE countries battling it out for the World Time Attack title! We can’t wait!
One Event. One Track. Two Days. One Winner. Be there!
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