Tour de Kyushu, day 1 (public show, technical inspection)
Day 1 is over. It was public showup and "start ceremony" as well as praying in the shrine for safety. Then service park and technical inspection.
This is when I saw the car for the first time, unforgettable moment!
Here is a little video I stitched from clips throughout the day.
Brief beakdown of Toyota 86 rally car details:
The Gazoo Racing / LUCK rally Toyota 86 project car was done in last two months. So there is little shakedown and practice done. The driver Katsuhiko Tsutsui said the car is only 60% complete of what it should be.
Understand that this rally class is restricted to stock power, so nothing can be done to engine except the exhaust center pipe which is swapped.
Engine oil is Fortec 0w40, transmission oil 75w140, differential oil is unbeatable 75w250 by ATS.
Okuyama did the roll cage (custom)
Brembo front brake kit (custom) with Endless pads.
Recaro carbon seats with TAKATA belts.
Suspension is LUCK el Sport base with modified Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs. Spring rates are 9kg/mm front and 6kg/mm rear.
BBS forged wheels wearing Dunlop Direzza 03G tires.
Momo steering wheel, Monit Japan data
Voltex Racing big wing.
Katsuhiko Tsutsui admitted that the car is not so powerful as his S2k he was driving previously, but 86 is better in the corners and the balance feels much better because of the low center of gravity provided by the boxer engine. Also the Torque on lower RPMs is exceptionally good. He also hopes that some day half of the rally cars entrants will drive the 86 / ZN6.
So now I have 3 hours to sleep and then go to the race to see the 86 competing in a race for the first time, please enjoy! Also follow Ken Gushi and Scion / GReddy Racing as tomorrow is their debut in Formula drift with the new FR-S!
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Many thanks to Toyota & SNR team for giving me this incredible journey!