We would like to announce some awesome news – Japanese driving legend Tarzan Yamada will be returning for WTAC 2018 and he will be driving an equally iconic Japanese tuner car the JUN AUTO Hyper Lemon 350Z!
Tarzan was back to back Pro Class champion in 2010 and 2011 driving the incredible Cyber Evo. Over the years has become a very familiar face at WTAC also driving the Esprit NSX and the Top Secret GTR. More recently he was behind the wheel of the Revzone Evo, putting on one hell of a crazy show in the Superlap Shootout (during a rain shower) just to please the fans!
Fast forward to 2018 and Duncan Shiu told us he had purchased the Jun Auto Hyper Lemon 350Z from its original owner in Hong Kong and would like to enter it in WTAC. We were straight back on the phone to Tarzan to see if he would drive it! It goes without saying that he was keen, as he loves WTAC!
This car features a fully built VQ38 V6 stuffed full of JUN gear, with a great big pair of turbos strapped to the back making around 800hp. The VQ feeds into a sequential 6 speed Holinger and an AWD conversion, but in order to comply with Open Class regulations for WTAC the front drive shafts will be removed. So you can bet that Tarzan will be in for one crazy ride in October!
“Whilst it is unlikely this car will challenge for outright contention in the hotly contested Open Class, with current crop of cars now approaching Pro Class times of a few years back” said Superlap CEO Ian Baker “there is no denying it is an absolutely iconic Japanese tuner car from its day, and to be able to give our fans a chance to see it actually race with one of the JDM hero drivers behind the wheel is something we think is pretty damn cool.”
“I am excited to be coming back to WTAC” said Yamada “I love the Australian fans and Sydney Motorsport Park is one of my favorite tracks. And a rear drive car will be big challenge but I will push hard for a good result and more importantly good show!”
One thing is for certain this will be a sight any fan of the Japanese tuning scene will not want to miss!
Thanks to Greg Lysien at Haltech for the pictures. You can read a full technical write up of the car on this link.