WHAT IS TIME AT­TACK?

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Time At­tack grew from Ja­panese cir­cuit rac­ers of the 1960s, that were built to cel­e­brate the art of the af­ter­mar­ket tuner – the doors were open to ev­ery­one from low-bud­get home-span­ner­ers to big-bucks cor­po­rate show­cases, with ev­ery­one rac­ing on, as it were, a level play­ing field. Rather than com­pet­ing against each other from a grid start, ev­ery­one com­petes in turn against the clock to set the fastest lap time, hence the name ‘ Time At­tack’.

The orig­i­nal ethos of the series re­mains the same to­day. You just need to start with a pro­duc­tion car as a project base, and then the tun­ing po­ten­tial is lim­it­less. Throw in a load of horse­power, tinker with the chas­sis and driv­e­train, de­velop some cus­tom aero, do what­ever it takes to make the car as fast as it can phys­i­cally be.

Time At­tack to­day ex­ists in nu­mer­ous series across the globe, with com­peti­tors brack­eted into var­i­ous groups; ‘Club­man’, for in­stance, is a UK class for cars with ba­sic mod­i­fi­ca­tions – rollcages are merely ‘rec­om­mended’… the lad­der climbs through ‘Club Chal­lenge’, ‘Club Pro’, ‘Pro’ and ‘Pro Ex­treme’, with the cars get­ting in­cre­men­tally mad­der as you go. ‘Pocket Rocket’ is a newly es­tab­lished class for sub-1750cc cars, ei­ther force-in­duced or nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated.

In essence, then, Time At­tack is the dream series for af­ter­mar­ket tuners, whether they be a big-name tun­ing out­fit or just some bloke in his garage – you can do pretty much what you like to the car with­out hav­ing to worry about a gov­ern­ing body dis­qual­i­fy­ing you for run­ning the wrong thick­ness of head gas­ket or a frowned-upon di­am­e­ter of air in­take. The ac­ces­si­bil­ity is what makes it so pop­u­lar.

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