We are proud to announce the Tilton Interiors team as the first Australian Pro team to confirm entry into the 2013 World Time Attack Challenge. The Tilton team is one of the longest campaigning teams and one of the most competitive. They are currently bound for Japan where they will compete in the Revspeed Hyper meet at Tsukuba Circuit before undertaking a full new aero program with Voltex all in preperation for the return to Australia. The team are eager to test and chase the World Time Attack crown once again with longstanding team driver Garth Walden behind the wheel.
“This is what we really want to win” said team principle Kostinken Pohurukov “and the real purpose of taking the car to Japan was so that Nakijima-san can undertake an extensive new aero development, but as I have always wanted to race at Tsukuba and we figured the timing was right as the car was bound for Japan anyway. After last year it became very apparent that the whole time attack landscape has changed dramatically and we intend being right at the pointy end of it, and that needs to include the top step of the podium at WTAC.”
The car will be stripped down after the Tsukuba battle where it will undertake an extensive external revamp that will include new lightweight dry carbon panels and a totally revised aero package. The Evo will see time in the Mie wind tunnel to optimize the whole package and provide not only optimum down force but also a high level of dynamic stability with minimal drag whilst still retaining the look and feel of the original Mitsubishi Evo. The car will also have the horsepower ratcheted up and a paddle shifter fitted to the Holinger transmission.
This is the car which many are predicting as the one to beat in 2013 with the team now having the data of many years racing this same car. The Nemo team has confirmed that they can make the car comply to the 2013 rulebook but they are yet to actually confirm entry. Regardless Team Tilton is happy to take them and any other challengers head on with the new rule book set to provide much closer racing not unlike what we saw in 2010 and 2011.
“These guys are sure to be a threat this year” said Superlap CEO Ian Baker “In fact you could almost guarantee it. I have always thought of this car as a cross between the Cyber Evo (it had their aero package) and Sierra Sierra (it has a huge horsepower Cosworth engine) but with the new developments about to commence we can only assume that they will move forward in leaps and bounds. Although they are coy about how much faster is should go they did say seconds, and yes that is plural!”
We are sure to keep you up to date with the Tsukuba Hyper meet and the car as it progresses at the Voltex HQ at Suzuka over the coming months… Watch this space!