As I was making my way around Osaka Auto Messe last weekend, taking in the crazy VIP cars and other custom machines that filled the halls, I spotted an in interesting shape out of the corner of my eye. I wasn’t exactly sure what I saw at first, but as I got closer I realized I was looking at a legendary Time Attack car – the HKS CT230R Evo.
While the shape of the CT230R was recognizable, the body had been covered in a new wrap and the car was now known as the “CT230R-NGV”. What’s the NGV stand for? Natural gas vehicle of course.
It seems that HKS has revived what was once the world’s fastest Time Attack car as a base for its CNG Bi-Fuel system.
In addition to their performance parts, HKS is also involved in producing these Bi-Fuel systems for commercial vehicles and trucks. Now it seems they will start applying this technology to motorsport.
There were no specifics listed as to what exactly HKS plans to do with the “CT230R-NGV”, but I’m interested to see what will become of this legendary tuner machine.
Whatever the case, it’s nice to see this car back in the public eye. What do you think?
One word "TSUKUBA" Natural Gas or Not ... Favorite TIME ATTACK Evo of All-TIme. Praying to the race GODS they bring it back we need to re-attempt a New Record!! -LoginName SUms it up 'Ct230r Fanatic"...
they should let the reborn CT230R run in the WTAC :)
would the WTAC give this a new class though, since this will be NG?
I think its brilliant that they've used the CT230R. I'd rather it was being used than hidden away. I'll admit its a bold move though using such a famous car, but if they can perform then its a brilliant move. Lets face it, if the car above wasn't the CT230R would we all be here talking about it?
Greener fuels and technology is the future of motorsport whether we all like it not. It's good to see a "tuner" keeping up with the times and not getting bogged down with old habits.
it would be great if HKS does decide to return to Time Attack this year. I do wonder if they are planning to run this car in WTAC later this year, or even the Tsukuba Super Lap Battle for that matter...
Well if it does make a return into the Time Attack scene, let's hope HKS doesn't decide to run slicks on it like it does on its R35 GT-R demo car.
I admit at first the Carbon exposed was awesome. The last one was awesome to. I understand moving forward and concepts and such. But damn I will admit. I thought Pepsi or some Japan drink company was plastered on the car. LOL
if it wasn't for the big bi-fuel decal on the sides, i'd have thought the same thing too with the color scheme, with pepsi. hahaha!
curious how the numbers and performance now with the new fuels compare to what is was years ago...
I agree with Dekro, the CT230R represents the idea of pure performance so HKS has to break Under Suzuki's record or they'll kill a legend...
Skeptical...if it can prove it self on the track - great! However I fear they just ruined a legend and one of my personal favorite cars.
I've got mixed feelings about this... nice to see the car out, but I'd rather see it back at Tsukuba in its classic livery battling it out to be #1
pretty cool hks is putting a "green" spin on a proven race car. good concept keeping up with the changing times.