Hi Octane Racing has confirmed entry into World Time Attack 2012 in the black Advan backed R34 GTR. This is the same car that debuted on the podium at the final Superlap event at Oran Park 2009 and has been in a constant state of development ever since with the latest reincarnation certainly the wildest with an insane aero kit designed by ex Mc-Laren Formula One engineer Barry Lock.
“To be honest it is a totally different car with the new aero” said Mark Berry “And as we only finished the car in the week leading up to WTAC 2011 we had zero test time yet I was still able to take over two seconds of my previous years lap time, all of which I contribute to the aero” This will give a fair indication of the potential of this car as the team were also plagued with serious mechanical gremlins last year, including the lifting of the cylinder head which forced them to run a much lower boost pressure than optimum and therefore much less power.
“We were certainly running a very conservative tune last year but after putting that much work in, our main objective was simply to be there and finish” said Mark Berry “This year will be another whole story. We will have months to fine tune the setup and also learning to drive with aero is another animal altogether. We are confident there is a few seconds still in this car, which all going well should move us up closer to the real pointy end, but having said that we also expect many other teams will be doing a lot of work in the off season too. The competition is bound to be more serious than ever in 2012”
The car is powered by a dry sump RB30 built by Hi Octane Racing with a RB26 head and stuffed full of all the good gear with CP Pistons, Pauter connecting rods and a RB26 head full of Tomei gear. Whilst they were coy about actual power figures we were told that this E85 powered monster makes somewhere around 500kw at all four wheels on maximum boost depending on turbo choice. This is another area that will be the subject of much testing but needless to say the car will now run a large single turbo of some description. The car will also run on Advan wheels with soft 295 AO50 tyres all round.
This team has been a driving force behind the time attack scene in Australia since competing in the previous R32 GTR at Tsukuba in 2007 and there is no question that they would like to add some more silverware to the cabinet. Will this be the first Australian car to run under 1.30 on R tyres? We will have to wait until August to find that out.
See this car’s full spec sheet here.
For more information on the Yokohama World Time Attack visit : http://www.worldtimeattack.com/