Top 10: World’s Fastest Time Attack Cars?
By Carter Jung
For my first-ever MotoIQ article, I’m going to delve deep Down Under and take you to the World Time Attack Challenge. The World Time Attack Challenge? You mean the time-attack event that popped off in Sydney, Australia? Didn’t that happen, like, in May? That would be a yes, yes, and another yes. Alright look, I’m used to the print cycle where two months is the standard operating procedure. Besides, you cheap Internet bastards don’t even pay for content, so go ahead, try and get a refund.
Anyway Mike told me he wanted me to do something that showed how the cars looked because Eric by his own admission is not a photographer and I am so here is something that Mike thought would be interesting, Eric already handled the blow by blow tech side of things. I am handling the pictures!
That being said, since Eric Hsu—Cosworth Product Development Engineer/Sierra-Sierra engine guru/MotoIQ contributor/roomie during my stay in the Southern Hemisphere—already provided an excellent textual presentation of the materials; I’ll keep my words short and sweet, and jump to pics of the fastest cars from the event. Actually, I wish I knew he had posted all the stuff he did on this site. It would’ve saved me from calling him 23 times, asking a myriad of questions for my article that will soon appear on newsstands everywhere in the October 2010 issue of Import Tuner, where I go in semi-great length into the trials and tribulations the Sierra-Sierra crew and their EVO 8 endured at Eastern Creek International Raceway.
|Perhaps the world's fastest unibody production based closed course race cars? The Cyber EVO (top), the Cusco/Tomei STI (middle) and the Sierra Sierra EVO (bottom).|
Shameless plug aside, here’s a short synopsis of what the event was about: Superlap, a time attack organization from Australia asked, “What if we hosted a circuit event that was epic in scale by inviting the top time-attack teams from Japan and America, and have them do battle against our domestic competitors on an FIA Grade 2-certified Aussie track?” Well, unlike you, I, and the rest of the world who speak in hypotheticals, these guys were serious about the idea and invitations were sent spanning the Pacific, thanks in part to Yokohama, the title sponsor. Five teams rsvp’ed. From Japan, Tomei/Cusco WRX, Pan Speed RX-7, R-Magic RX-7, and the Cyber EVO. Representing Team America? Sierra-Sierra EVO, aka “The One Car Army”. These cars would join 80-plus Australian cars to fight for the title as the fastest of the first World Time Attack Challenge. Here are the 10 fastest:
|The Tilton Interiors EVO is an EVO IX. For more information on this car click here.|
|Although the rest of the list competed in the top Pro Class, Pulse Racing and their EVO were the only team to break into the Top 10 from the Open Class. To read more about this car, click here.|
Check out Eric Hsu's reporting on the event!