Event>> Hyper Meeting 2010 – Preview

After spending last weekend down in Nagoya it was back to the Ibaraki-ken countryside today for what has for many years been one of the biggest track events of the year, the Hyper Meeting. As I made my way through the paddock this morning I was very impressed with the turnout of cars, which seemed to span as far as the eye could see, and the number of people that had turned up to check out the various track events was simply outstanding. If you think Tokyo Auto Salon gets buys, you should check out the Hyper Meeting!

As ever the fastest Imprezas, Lancers and Legacys in Japan hit the track in a series of practice runs followed by 5-lap battle races. Unfortunately since Video Option was out filming the event for an upcoming DVD I am not allowed to disclose any of the race results or details, so pictures will have to do this time. One car that did very well was the AVO turboworld Japan GH8 Impreza. Over the last few month's since the Super Lap Battle Ross has been concentrating in shaving off weight with 60 kg being removed thanks to parts like lighter stripped-out doors and paper-thin lexan glass. A new modified AVO turbo allows the 2.5L flat-four to crank out 600 HP. Ross was smiling at the end of the day, happy with the car's result, which again I am not at liberty to disclose.

The Koyama Racing Labo Evo X was out showing just how fast it is, and in case you are wondering it was very fast indeed!

As ever the Hyper Meeting is a place where aficionados of Subarus and Mitsubishis can get close to their favorite race cars like the wildly styled GT-300 Super GT Legacy. 

Team Orange put on two triple drift shows during the day, showing everyone that 4WD cars can be turned into pro drift machines with a little bit of work. The third Team Orange driver for the 2010 season was also announced.

Oshima-san will take over Tanaka's spot from Round 2 in Autopolis at the end of the month.

Unlike many other events here in Japan I always like the rally emphasis that is put on the Hyper Meet, and the cars on show included this old McRae Legacy. 

Here is the KRL Evo X again cooling off in the paddock.

The action on track never stopped with countless staged events and time attack/practice sessions for the open and street class races that were to be held at the end of the day.

I though this C-ser/Maroya GRB looked pretty different with this shade of burgundy.

The Mitsubishi i-Miev all-electric car has recently gone on sale in Japan, and MMC wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to show it off to the public. The little i boasts a 100 mile range on a full charge which can be achieved in 7 hours via a home 100 Volt outlet, or in 30 min via a high-voltage quick-charge station. There are tons of these charging stations popping up across Tokyo and the rest of Japan allowing you to charge your car for free. A home charge will cost you 90 Yen, about 96¢. 

Rally driver Toshio Arai was out with a Gr.N GRB on snow tires showing off how Scandinavian-flicks should be executed. A few lucky people managed to score rides in the Impreza…

…while others had to do with less performance-oriented vehicles like this new Mitsubishi RVR.

Sunline Racing came up all the way from Okayama to participate in the Swift race, but also showed up with a brand new demo car. More on this later on.

Now that's how you exit the hairpin at Tsukuba!

If you like your Imprezas in sedan form then this custom built GRB might be the car for you…

..or how about a GRB front swap and full wide-body conversion for your GDB? This kit is offered by body-specialist Car Service Hiro.

And how can I forget the Legacy. The new gen car is so much longer, taller and wider than the previous model, but despite its Outback-like dimensions and stance as stock it can be made to look pretty nice with a few choice aero goods, and of course wheels.

More Legacy, Impreza and Lancer goodness to come in Part 1.

-Dino Dalle Carbonare



Comments are closed.


by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest

someone is starting to like to new legacy, I like that rally legacy!


100 miles on a charge that cost 96cents?! When will that be available in the US?! I comute at least 110 miles 3 days a week and 132 miles 2 days! That car would pay for itself!!! =D


Also (got so excited I forgot to ask...) why did Tanaka quit Team Orange and D1?!?! I hope he stays in the industry in some way; he is rad.


All the cars at this event are the cats pajamas!

I just don't understand why that Mitsubishi RVR has that mirror on the fender?


That Impreza in the first picture, is it a WRX, from 2008, 2009, 2010, or is it a 2011 STi? Did they release it in Japan already?!


Yee more STI fotos


"4WD cars can be turned into pro drift machines with a little bit of work"

hahaha... come now! just a little bit of work???


That burgundy WRX is very Evo X-ish. Colour, dark part in the bumper..


Looked like there was some quick cars, your work is getting better and better Dino, are you sure work your ass off! well done m8


Digging that red swift.....


Wouldn't mind seeing some more pictures and have more details of that Car Service Hiro wide kit for GDB.


It's funny that the GT300 Legacy has Mitsubishi decals. I think they used Mitsubishi turbos?


Team Orange Triple Drift = EPIC WIN!

Desktop Please!



The Mitsubishi logos on the GT Legacy are for Mitsubishi Rayon, likely to be providers of the carbon fiber.


The siliver sedan in the 9th picture is says Aqua on the side and is rocking an Aqua fsp bodykit and wing. Is aqua-fsp still around or are they out of business?


Love the shot of the 555 Leggy. Brings back good memories. Looks like a great event.


is the passenger of the RVR trowing up? lol


How i love that petter solberg replica next to the legacy :p


I wonder if the burgundy color on the ST1 is an ode or pun to the Evo?

I love watching Arai-san drive and that pic of the Original Rundunce GRB is NUTS!


what happened to Tanaka???


Team Orange is a 'good look' as always.. the little Swift looks cool... even the 'C-ser/Maroya GRB' looks tough in that hue of burgundy.. i like it.. keep it coming Dino - thanks