With news of the Sierra Sierra Enterprises’ EVO VIII retiring after last year’s WTAC in Australia, it seemed all hopes were dashed for the American red, white, and blue. That was, until an unlikely hero emerged to represent America once again, and he goes by the name of Eric Hsu. You know Eric as the driving force behind his popular monthly IT column, Question It. During a recent phone call, he divulged some exciting details. He is heading up his own dream team of skilled mechanics/engineers to build and compete at this year’s WTAC in a BNR32 Skyline GT-R—the same car that was initially built by Eric and the XS Engineering crew to compete in Speed TV’s “Street Tuner Challenge” back in 2004. The car reemerged in 2008 to win First Place in the IDRC GT-R challenge, only to be decommissioned once again underneath a car cover for the last five years.
Eric’s current plans call for the removal of the RB26DETT engine in favor of a VQ35HR mated to a single BorgWarner EFR9180 turbocharger with a G35X middle sump and a R35 GT-R front diff unit. The rest of the drivetrain will be RB26DETT. “Using a Cosworth Pectel SQ6 ECU with the anti-lag strategy on, spool will be even less of an issue,” Eric says. With a goal of making over 900 whp, we asked Eric if he would make the June deadline to ship the car in time to make the event. He simply smiled and said: “Even though this car is being built on our free time in the evenings and on weekends that’s our intentions. Obviously, there’s no point in shooting for any less” [typical Eric response—Ed.]. We wish Eric and his crew the best of luck. Be sure to check for build updates, including an in-depth story from Eric’s blow-by-blow perspective following the event.