Seeing 155 competing vehicles fill the Tsukuba paddock and entry roads a few weekends again was loopy. Whereas idlers could come near filling up Ibaraki circuit, I’ve by no means seen fairly so many vehicles lined as much as race at one occasion as I did at Attack.
Whereas it was Speedhunting heaven, it really made it fairly tough to select vehicles to highlight away from the high-profile machines that all the time get a more in-depth look (keep tuned for these). I actually didn’t wish to miss out on the prospect to point out you a couple of vehicles that make you suppose in a different way, and I’ll have simply discovered them on this Honda kei-class pairing.
You see, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with carbon fiber aero, 1,200hp beneath the hood and an enormous working price range behind it will obtain unbelievable issues. You’d anticipate it too, and Fire Ando and his Escort Racing team recently delivered, big time.
What you wouldn’t anticipate is a 30-year-old kei automotive lapping Tsukuba Circuit in 1’03″630. However that’s what this JW3 Honda As we speak from Honda Auto Okayama can do.
Beneath the hood is the unique E07A 656cc 3-cylinder engine that powered the assorted variations of this compact metropolis automotive. In inventory kind it made 51hp, nevertheless this tradition turbocharged instance is seemingly good for 250hp. That’s primarily 4 occasions the unique output, backed up by a cross mission gearbox to take advantage of it.
With solely 680kg to push across the power-to-weight ratio is spectacular.
Honda Auto Okayama have put this factor collectively so properly; from the outside to the engine bay to the inside, it’s all very clear. The cabin retains just about all of its trim, plus obligatory additions like a roll cage, a race bucket with harness, Momo steering wheel, and all of the auxiliary gauges and digital modules you may ever want.
The choice to go together with vast metal wheels in white wrapped up in Yokohama Advan Neova A050 semi-slicks simply provides to the enchantment for me.
That is an spectacular construct that doesn’t take itself too critically. Each modification has been made for operate, however there’s sufficient consideration to element that it ticks the kind facet of issues slightly effectively too.
If one time-attacking As we speak wasn’t sufficient of shock, Honda Auto Okayama introduced alongside a second automotive – a later-model JA4 model.
The engine is similar E07A unit, customized turbocharged too. It’s additionally a MTREC (Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Management) model, which options particular person throttle our bodies for every of the three cylinders. Honda used this base engine within the Beat the place it was tuned extra for a higher-RPM energy supply with a 63hp peak. Within the As we speak it was de-tuned to 57hp, however with barely extra useable torque to assist around-town drivability.
The perfect this JA4 managed on the day was a 1’07″033, a couple of seconds off the tempo of the JW3 however nonetheless a decent quantity.
The outside has been left inventory, apart from the addition of the Enkei wheels and a Lexan rear window.
Each vehicles have been arrange with beneficiant quantities of destructive camber, which permits the wheels and thus tires to generate their highest grip when beneath excessive lateral load. Plus, it simply seems to be sick when the vehicles are sitting nonetheless.
I simply love the eye to element, the ground having been painted in the identical Tiffany blue because the engine bay and on the cam covers – to not point out the outside of the opposite As we speak parked subsequent to it!
I all the time love seeing completely different approaches to automotive constructing, and this pair is unquestionably completely different. Lesson of the day: don’t underestimate something in Japan. That goes for kei vehicles too!
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