IN­TER­VIEW

Japanese Performance - - PLANET JAP -

JP: HI ANDY, YOUR CAR WASN’T EX­ACTLY SLOW BE­FORE THIS HUGE UP­DATE. CAN YOU RE­MIND US OF WHAT YOU ACHIEVED IN IT?

AF: YEAH SURE. THE CAR USED TO HAVE A TWIN-TURBO SETUP AND RAN A PO­TEN­TIAL 1200BHP IN DRAG TRIM. WE RECORDED A 7.74 AT 179MPH QUAR­TER MILE WITH THAT. ON CIR­CUIT WE USED A MAX­I­MUM OF 800BHP, WHICH HELPED US LAP KNOCKHILL IN 50.3S ON ROAD TYRES AND LOW 49S ON SLICKS, WHICH IS

A RECORD FOR A ROAD CAR. I WON A FEW EVENTS IN IT IN­CLUD­ING TEN OF THE BEST SEV­ERAL TIMES, WHERE THE CAR HIT OVER 200MPH. HOPE­FULLY THE NEW VER­SION IS A SIG­NIF­I­CANT STEP FOR­WARD

JP: HOW WOULD YOU SUMUP YOUR WTAC AD­VEN­TURE IN 2015?

AF: WE HAD UPS AND DOWNS. IT WAS A SHORT-NO­TICE EF­FORT TO GET READY AND THE CAR HAD JUST DONE A FULL SEA­SON OF RAC­ING, SPRINTS, SU­PER LAP SCOT­LAND, ETC. SO IT WAS DUE FOR AN OVER­HAUL. THAT BIT US ON THE ASS WHEN THE ‘BOX FAILED ON US, BUT IT GAVE ME THE BUG TO GO BACK AGAIN. IT WAS AN AWE­SOME EX­PE­RI­ENCE, THE CARS OUT THERE ARE SO FAR AHEAD OF ANY­THING IN THE UK

JP: WHAT WERE THE BIG­GEST LES­SONS YOU LEARNED THERE?

AF: BE PRE­PARED, AERO WORKS AND TIN TOP CARS ON ROAD TYRES CAN COR­NER AT OVER 2GS!

JP: WHEN DID THE RE­BUILD BE­GIN?

AF: THE MO­MENT WE GOT THE CAR BACK IN JAN­UARY 2016

JP: WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED SINCE THEN?

AF: LOTS! THE BIG­GEST CHANGES ARE THE AERO, WHICH IS AMB DE­SIGNED BUT MAINLY SELF-BUILT, THE SUS­PEN­SION AND DRIVETRAIN SETUP. THE EN­GINE IS THE SAME SIX-CYLIN­DER BOXER AS BE­FORE BUT NOW RUNS A SIN­GLE TWIN-SCROLL PRE­CI­SION PT6870, RATHER THAN TWO TURBOS

JP: IS THE CAR LIGHTER OR HEAV­IER THAN IT WAS BE­FORE?

AP: JUST SLIGHTLY LIGHTER. THE BIG­GEST CHANGE IS THE WEIGHT DIS­TRI­BU­TION, WHICH IS NOW VERY CLOSE TO 50:50 FRONT AND REAR

JP: WHY HAVE YOU GONE FROMA TWIN TURBO SETUP TO A SIN­GLE TURBO?

AF: TO SAVE WEIGHT, FOR PACK­AG­ING REA­SONS AND ALSO TO BEN­E­FIT FROMF ASTER SPOOL-UP. I PRE­VI­OUSLY USED A PAIR OF GT35R BILLET TURBOS

JP: AS AN OWNER-DRIVER, YOU COULD EN­TER PRO AMBUT IN­STEAD YOU’RE EN­TER­ING PRO, THE TOP TIER OF WTAC WITH THE TOUGH­EST COM­PE­TI­TION. WHY IS THAT?

AF: IN PRO I CAN USE NITROUS OX­IDE IN­JEC­TION AND HAVE AC­CESS TO MORE SETS OF TYRES. IT ALSO HELPS WITH SPON­SOR­SHIP, TOO. PLUS, I LIKE A CHAL­LENGE!

JP: DO YOU HAVE A SPE­CIFIC TAR­GET IN MIND? EI­THER A LAP TIME OR A FIN­ISH­ING PO­SI­TION?

AF: A PODIUMW OULD BE GREAT. TO BE THE FASTEST EVER SUB­ARU AND FASTEST 4WD VIS­IT­ING CAR WOULD ALSO BE GOOD. THE LO­CAL GUYS SPEND A LOT OF TIME TEST­ING THERE AND EDGE OUT EV­ERY LAST TENTH FROMT HEIR CARS, PRIOR TO RE­BUILD­ING THEM FOR THE EVENT. SO THEY WILL AL­WAYS HAVE AN AD­VAN­TAGE, WE JUST NEED TO SEE HOW CLOSE WE CAN GET TO THEM

JP: WHEN WILL YOU HEAD OUT TO WTAC?

AF: THE CAR SHIPS OUT IN EARLY AU­GUST, WE FLY OUT AT THE START OF OC­TO­BER. HOPE­FULLY WE WILL GET TO AN SLS EVENT BE­FORE THE CAR EN­TERS A SHIP­PING CON­TAINER

JP: WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERMG OALS FOR THE CAR?

AF: POS­SI­BLY A FULL CAR­BON-FI­BRE OUTER SHELL LIKE SVA, GS2, ETC. AT THE MO­MENT WE ARE STILL RUN­NING A TRUE TIN-TOP WITH STAN­DARD CHAS­SIS BE­TWEEN THE FRONT AND REAR AXLE LINES, STEEL ROOF, ORIG­I­NAL A, B AND C PIL­LARS, ETC. SO IN RE­LA­TION TO MY COM­PETI­TORS, I’M STILL CAR­RY­ING A LOT OF WEIGHT

JP: YOU MEN­TIONED THE NEW GT-R ‘BOX SHOULD BE BET­TER FOR DRAG RAC­ING. DO YOU HAVE A TAR­GET TIME IN MIND?

AF: SO FAR WE ARE JUST FO­CUSED ON WORLD TIME AT­TACK BUT ANY IM­PROVE­MENT ON OUR CUR­RENT PER­SONAL BEST OF 7.74 WOULD BE WEL­COME!

JP: AS AN EN­THU­SI­AST AND PRIVATEER GO­ING UP AGAINST ES­TAB­LISHED AND WELL-FUNDED WTAC TEAMS, WE RECKON YOU’RE THE SCOT­TISH UN­DER SUZUKI. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT COM­PAR­I­SON?

AF: I WAS IN­SPIRED BY UN­DER SUZUKI, FOR SURE. HE HAS SHOWN THAT DED­I­CA­TION AND HARD WORK CAN GET PRIVATEERS TO A LEVEL WHERE THEY CAN WORRY THE BIG-BUD­GET PRO TEAMS

JP: THANKS, ANDY. GOOD LUCK!

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