Nov 11 , 2009 • Buttonwillow, CA
Time Attack has long been the bench mark for the Japanese tuning genre, and has slowly passed its influence on to US enthusiasts. The Super Lap Battle event has managed to coax a number of big name Japanese tuners into bringing some of their masterfully built war machines (HKS, J's Racing, C-West, Mines, 5 Zigen, Cusco, Tomei, etc...) to U.S. shores in order to compete at Buttonwillow Raceway.
While the Overall record still stands with HKS's lightning fast time of 1:43.523, there were plenty of other records laid to rest, including one of the longest standing records in the Unlimited FF class held by GM Performance's Cobalt. The perennial underdog, Tage Evanson, in the Hasport/K-Sport EG Civic, and 5Zigen's Japan built turbo Accord Type-R put in a valiant effort against Chris Rado's wild Scion tC. While Tage was able to run a low 1:51 in testing just a few weeks earlier, Rado proved to be too much, and shattered GM's four year old record by posting a 1:49.703 on Continental Tires' new DOT race-spec rubber.
In the Unlimited FR class, Billy Johnson pushed the Cricket/FX Motorsports Development NSX to a whole new level (1:45.247), besting Tyler McQuarrie's previous record set with the C-West/BC/Design Craft carbon S2000.
With most everyone's focus on the Unlimited Class competitors, the most interesting story of the event came from the Street FR class. Evasive Motorsport unveiled their 2006 Honda S2000 with an all new Voltex aero package. During last year's competition, this same AP2 pulled off an amazing time for a naturally aspirated car at 1:58.364, but ended up in second place to a 500hp turbo Supra. Knowing that they'd be overpowered once again, the Evasive crew turned their attention toward maximum suspension and aero tuning to level the playing field this year. At the end of the day, driver Robert Walker squeezed an incredible 1:56.762 from the near stock power-plant. This feat not only set the new Street FR record, but it was the fastest overall Street Class car of the event; a testament to driver skill and Evasive's track knowledge.
With the 2009 Super Lap Battle season in the record books it'll be interesting to see what 2010 will bring. Will FX Motorsports step it up to challenge the HKS time for overall fastest? Will Evasive move up to Limited FR class to claim A&J's Limited NA record? Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure, every year tuners are getting faster and faster.
For more information on Super Lap Battle, log onto www.superlapbattle.com