Lately in US time attack, it seems all the progress has been happening in street class and FWD. Part of that I think is due to the high bar set in unlimited and rule changes in mod/limited. When the Hankook Ventus TD came out, there was a huge drop in ltd class lap times, with a bunch of cars going between 1:44 and 1:48 in 2014-2015. The one that really stands out is Professional Awesome with a 1:42.694 in 2015. After that, the TD and flat botttoms were banned, and we’ve seen a definite slowing down of times. They’re pretty much back to where they were 10 years ago and now street class is going that fast. Continue reading
The first Super Lap Time Attack event in the US was way back in 2004 at Buttonwillow raceway. I wasn’t there, but if you were to track down an old guy like John Naderi and get him liquored up I’m sure he would tell you all about it.
Since then Buttonwillow has been the benchmark for fast time attack cars in the US. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to time attack if they had picked a different track. Something not in the middle of nowhere, with better facilities and nearby hotels and entertainment (spring mountain?). Would we have something more like WTAC by now or would RTA have imploded earlier and set things farther back. Maybe the cheap track rentals and $40 motel 6 rooms help keep things accessible. It’s not Eastern Creek or Tsukuba, but Buttonwillow is what we have.
Ok back to that first Superlap in 2004. The Sun Auto Cyber Evo was there with Tarzan driving, and crushed the competition with a time of 1:48.906. The next fastest time was 1:54.2 (also by Tarzan, he was driving a bunch of cars that day).
Yeah, I know I have the top 40 already, but that leaves out many of slower categories and class records. So here are the top 5 in each class. Some of them go way back
1 – 1:38.967 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – 11/14/14 SLB
2 – 1:40.051 – Andy Smedegard – Gridlife / RSMotors Evo – 11/10/14 SLB
3 – 1:40.417 – Cole Powelson – Lyfe Motorsports GTR – 11/14/14 SLB
4 – 1:41.046 – David Empringham – Sierra Sierra EVO – 11/9/10 SLB
5 – 1:41.309 – Mark Jager – Jager Racing/ Yimisport STI – 11/11/16 SLB
SLB was another good one this year and there are some new track records, here they are
new record: 1:49.864 – Cody Miles – Airlift STI
old record: 1:50.206 – Jager Racing sti
new: 1:49.834 – Chris Boersma – Boersma Racing Civic
old: 1:51.789 – Will Au-Young – PZ Tuning RSX
new: 1:43.365 – Will Au-Yeung – PZ Tuning RSX
old: 1:45.585 – Dai Yoshihara – Spoon Sports Civic
Updated for 2017
Unl RWD: 1:37.520* – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – 12/8/13 ETA
Unl AWD: 1:38.967 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – 11/14/14 SLB
Unl FWD: 1:42.288 – James Haughton – K-tuned Lavigne Integra – 11/10/17 SLB
Ltd RWD: 1:44.456 – Cody Kishel – Excelsior Corvette – 11/14/14 SLB
Ltd AWD: 1:42.694 – Jeff Westphal – Pro Awesome EVO – 11/12/15 SLB
Ltd FWD: 1:48.424 – Chris Boersma – Boersma Racing Civic – 11/10/17 SLB
Str RWD: 1:48.802 – Tony Fuentes – Honda S2000 – 11/12/15 SLB
Str AWD: 1:49.353 – Markos Mylonas – Snail Performance WRX – 11/10/17 SLB
Str FWD: 1:52.122 – Chris Boersma – Boersma Racing Civic – 11/14/14 SLB
Ent RWD: 1:55.518 – Dom Bautista – Honda S2000 – 11/12/15 – SLB
Ent AWD: 1:56.325 – Craig Peyron – Outlaw STI – 11/14/13 SLB
Ent FWD: 2:01.314 – Pradana Wilianto – Godspeed CSX – 11/14/13 SLB
*some people don’t like that FX did it at an extreme speed time attack event instead of SLB/GTA or RTA. Their next fastest time is 1:40.379 at SLB 2012, which would also be a URWD record.
After GST Motorsports set a new AWD record at GTA Superlap Battle this year, Factor X Motorsports Development will be back Dec 6-7 in an attempt to improve on their time of 1:37.520, set last year.
Unlimited Class is where the shops, race teams, and manufacturers go to see who can set the fastest overall lap time, with very few rules- basically, it has to be a car with a vin number (no track day specials like a radical), and depending on the event you may have to use a DOT approved tire. Way back in 2007 Nob Taniguchi took the HKS EVO out for a 1:43.523, which really kicked off the unlimited class arms race. Sierra Sierra Enterprises built their EVO and Factor X upgraded the NSX with the goal of re-taking the record. SSE finally beat that time in 2010 (1:41.046), only to have it taken away by Factor X the next year. FXMD is the current overall record holder, with a time of 1:37.520 they set last year. Right now I’d say there are very few cars capable of beating that time, and most of them are overseas. Well, that’s enough history for now, here’s what happened this year: Continue reading
This year SLB had a great turnout in Limited class, with a good mix of new cars and familiar faces, including the return of Professional Awesome to time attack with a newly built EVO after a bad crash last year.
In front wheel drive, Tim Kuo has reigned supreme in the Sportcar Motion Integra, having won SLB and reset the record three years straight. This year William Au-Yeung of PZtuning brought an Acura RSX all the way from Ontario, Canada, and the results came down to less than 2/10 of a second. Both cars beat the existing record of 1:52.886, and Au-Yeung took the win with a time of 1:51.789. I kind of like the LMP style fin:
Last week’s Super Lap Battle saw plenty of records fall, some of them years old. In street front wheel drive, Ken Suen improved his previous time of 1:58.9 set at a Redline event in 2013 with a 1:55.602, driving the “hellahellafunctional” Godspeed/Sportcar Motion Big Red Honda Civic:
Only three other street FWD cars have ever gone sub-2:00 in a time attack event, with Clint Boisdeau holding the previous record of 1:59.0 in his Ford Focus for two years until Ken came along. Continue reading
This post is out of date. Please see the new version here
1:37.520 – Billy Johnson – Factor X Motorsports Development NSX
AWD – 1:50.206 – Mark Jager – Jager Racing / Yimisport 06 STI – 11/14/14
RWD – 1:51.259 – Rif Dagher – Plattform A.G. C7 Corvette – 11/14/14
FWD – 1:55.602 – Ken Suen – Godspeed/SCM Civic – 11/14/14
AWD – 1:44.062 – Jeff Westphal – Professional Awesome EVO – 11/14/14
RWD – 1:44.456 – Cody Kishel – Excelsior Corvette – 11/14/14
FWD – 1:51.789 – William Au-Yeung – PZtuning Acura RSX – 11/14/14
AWD – 1:38.976 – Jeff Westphal – GST Motorsports Impreza – 11/14/14
RWD – 1:37.520 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – 12/8/13
FWD – 1:46.736 – Chris Rado – World Racing Scion – 3/28/10