As I continue to dig through my photos from last week's Rev Speed Tsukuba Super Battle, I'm finding out just how much content there is to pull from this one event. In fact, I'm coming across photos of cars I don't even remember shooting, so I guess that shows how busy I was at the track. Sometimes I wish there was some kind of way to experience these things in slow motion so you can soak everything in. Anyways, let's continue our look at the cars from the 2008 edition of the famous Rev Speed Tsukuba Super Battle.
The K's Project R32 Skyline GT-R looked like it would be one the faster cars of the day, especially since Tarzan Yamada was behind the wheel. As you can see in the photo though, oversteer was a big problem for this car at both the entrance and exit of the corners. At the end of the day it had a best lap of 1:00.903. The fact that the car had a top speed of 209 kph on the back straight shows how much potential is there. I'm sure it would have been significantly faster if the course wasn't wet for a good part of the day.
At first glance, the strange-looking Car Service Hiro GDB Impreza looks more like a customized show car than a dedicated track machine, but it recorded a best lap of 1:00.382. The chopped top and new Impreza front end conversion certainly fool you a little bit. Hmm…I wonder if there's any aero benefit with the lower roof?
For circuit racing, the Suzuki Swift Sport seems to be the most popular of the compact cars in Japan. There were several of them at the event and they were all turning in some decent lap times. The fact the almost all of the big tuners have Swift demo cars shows just how big the market is for this car. I think I've said this before, but this is another car I think would go over well in the states should Suzuki ever decide to import it.
Fujita Engineering/FEED brought one of their many RX7's and delivered a best lap of 1:02.959 during the final session of the day. Personally, I could care less what the lap time is when the car looks as cool as this…
Besides the Outer Plus Exige, the only other European car entered in the event was this E46 BMW M3 from Revolfe S.A. I don't know the specs on this one, but it ran a best lap of 1:07.321. I think It'd be nice to see more of the tuned BMW's, Porsches in Japan get out to these events and run against the domestic cars.
Techno Pro Spirit is one of the most well known "small" tuning shops in Japan following their many appearances in Hot Version videos over the years. For this year's Tsukuba Super Battle they came out with their 2ZZ-powered Toyota MR-S and ran a very respectable lap time of 1:03.677.
I can't believe how much progress Feel's Honda Twincam has made on their FD2 Civic Type R since I featured it back in the summer. The car is developing into a full-on time attack machine and is now powered by an ITB-fed K-series engine that makes around 300hp. The car was able to run a best lap time of 1:00.516 which made it the fastest front wheel drive car at this year's event. One minute flat for an naturally aspirated Civic is a pretty awesome acheivement.
A lot of us were hoping that Pro Stock Racing would bring their hyped up R34 time attack monster, but instead they came with their R35 GT-R. With NOB Taniguchi as the pilot, the car ran a best lap of 1:00.102, just missing the one minute barrier. The lap time was good for second place in the Street Class behind the ATTKD R34. I was expecting there to be more tuned R35's competing in the Street Class, but this was the only new GT-R at the event.
The MAX RACING DC5 Integra Type R must have had developed some technical problems because I only saw it out on the track for a couple laps, and no times were posted for it. I really like the no-nonsense look of this car's exterior.
Also representing for the Subaru crowd was the Auto Produce BOSS/Prodrive GDB Impreza. The car only ran during the first track session of the day when the track was wet, posting a lap time of 1:11.398. Another victim of mechanical trouble perhaps?
The other NC Mazda Roadster entered in the event was from Brightning. This car is equipped with the new supercharger kit from Cosworth and ran a best of 1:06.394. From all accounts, the Cosworth blower seems to turn the new Roadster into one hell of a machine, especially combined with a good dosage of chassis tuning like in this example.
Tarzan Yamada was almost able to break the one minute barrier with the MK Sport Evo9 Wagon. The car's best lap of the day was a 1:00.419. This got me wondering if there's record for the "the fastest wagon at Tsukuba Circuit", and if this car is fast enough to claim that title.
The Original Runduce Evo X was one of the fastest new Evo's of the day with a 1:03.277. I was hoping that JUN Auto would bring their Evo X demo car out to play, but I didn't see any presence from them at the event.
Lastly, the new body style GE8 Honda Fit from Garage FK. This one has a K20A swap, but unlike the J's Racing Fit which is a dedicated track machine, the Garage FK Fit is more of a street car. It ran a best lap of 1:06.222. With the exception of the big brakes and oversized 5-lug 17" wheels in the front, this car could easily pass for a normal Fit…until you see how fast it moves.
Well, that wraps up my look at the cars from this year's event. There are a few cars that I left out, but this pretty much covers the bulk of them. Anyone have a favorite? Personally, I think I was most impressed by the Feel's FD2 Civic running well into the one minute flat range NA.