What front bumper is that? Looks like OEM DBA but without the DRLs...
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Interesting user comments from "tyndago" on that link... seems to suggest the GT-R was piss poor in that particular series. Thoughts?
It was. That was very likely Sean Morris, author of...
A huge GT-R fan. The car sucked ass in the series. My opinion that the problem is money. The R35 platform requires a lot of money to run at a full competitive series. That is the diametrically opposed purpose of the car. It was designed to be a super ROAD car, that could go out and put the SMACKDOWN on other ROAD cars on the track.
Once graduated to RACE car, all bets are off. With engines/suspensions/wheels/powertrains basically unlimited, the tried and proven chassis in the series have the advantage - as the R&D has already been done. For the R35, the RACE R&D chassis in the Japanese series have so little in common with the road car, that it doesn't translate. Add to that the Japanese don't let out their R&D anyway, and then you have to do it all yourself.
I was always disappointed that the GT-R was not remotely competitive in the World Challenge series. When I first saw the 2 Brass Money GT-R's at Mosport several years ago, they were weaving and bobbing all over the place, and just did not look and feel like the other race cars. Watching from different corners on the track you could see the fast cars go around and they looked well sorted, but those GT-R's just did not look right. The team couldn't seem to get the suspension dialled in on their Penske coilovers. And they were slow. That effort died out, and then the Hawk sponsored car came out and was also not competitive. Looking at that MotoiQ write-up, they obviously worked hard on the car and modified it a ton. I saw it run in the first WC race this year, and still the same lack of performance. I guess that is why they shelved it. No more GT-R's racing as it seems no one has been able to make the car competitive starting from an OEM based car and building it in a NA race shop.
It is curious as the car is so good in stock or slightly modified form on track versus other road cars, but so poor in race trim versus other race cars. Of course the factory modified race cars running in Europe are a different thing altogether.
You can see the CRP Racing Hawk GT-R race results here for 2013: https://www.competit..._Challenge.html
Edited by descartesfool, 20 May 2014 - 04:55 AM.
I just learned that they have found a use for the Hawk GT-R now that it has been withdrawn from WC racing. Mike Skeen will be driving it up Pikes Peak. It will be set for rear wheel drive as apprantely now that the whole course has been paved, that is seen as an advantage.
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