– Words: Jason Hanif. Photos: MJ Digital.
It’s confirmed! For the third consecutive year in a row, the ‘Hurricane’ Re-Amemiya RX-7 will be returning to Sydney in October to compete in World Time Attack Challenge.
Many of you who follow our blog would know this car from previous years and be familiar with the fact that it’s an ex Autosalon show car. Over the past few years we’ve seen the car develop further in terms of aerodynamics and engine upgrades. For this year, fibreglass panels will be replaced with lightweight dry carbon variants.
Additionally, it’s now been confirmed that Hurricane has indeed been sold to a new Thai owner named Nattawoot Krerpradab. “When Amemiya-San mentioned that he was thinking of selling Hurricane to fund a new lightweight time attack project, Nattawoot jumped at the chance and more importantly committed a larger budget to continue development and ensure the car is in a competitive format”, we’re told by Greg Lysien at WTAC.
Under the bonnet last year was a bridge-ported 20B triple rotor, boosted by a bigger GCG built turbo than 2012. Right now, it’s still got the GCG GTX4292R turbo from last year with a HKS GT wastegate, TRUST row 3 intercooler and an Orgura 5.5 inch, 4 plate unit clutch. For this year, we’re told that it will return with a revised GCG turbo combination.
Whilst a driver has not yet been confirmed for this year, Nobuteru Taniguchi who drove the FD last year has been ruled out for Hurricane as he’ll be racing for both HKS and Top Fuel at WTAC come October 2014.
Hurricane finished in sixth place at both the 2012 and 2013 WTAC. Setting 1:29’s in both years the team actually recorded a slower time of 1:29.86 in 2013 compared to a 1:29.80 in 2012.
With a new owner, further advancements in aero, dry carbon body panels, a new GCG turbo combination and a larger development budget, this is definitely a car to watch this year.
World Time Attack Challenge 2014 takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park between Friday 17th of October to Sunday the 19th. Click this link for more information and tickets.