For the past while, the record was dominated by 4wd cars, and in most recent memory, the course record was held by, and battled for by 2 cars in particular, the HKS all carbon CT230r, and the Cyber Evo. While Cyber Evo broke the course record with a blistering lap in the 54.xx range, it was short lived as HKS layed down a faster 54.xx second lap. HKS then later bested themselves with a 53.589, and then retiring their Time Attack beast.. The fastest RWD car was still in the 55.xx second range at this time, being a RX7, and the fastest GTR to date was the M-Speed GTR (sickest gtr) lapping at 54.481 seconds.
This past year, 2 RWD cars proved to make a real challenge for the Time Attack record at Tsukuba. The Team Revolution RX-7 managed an insane 53.6 second lap, coming the closest out of anyone to touching the record held by HKS which was set in 2007. They were never able to best this lap again though. Then came along a PRIVATEER who goes by the name Under Suzuki. He has built his S15 for the past 10 years with the intention of breaking this course record, and after revamping his aero for this year, he posted a blistering 53.637 second lap time at the super lap battle. Unsatisfied, Under Suzuki decided he was gonna go for the record... he rented out Tsukuba Circuit with the intention to break the record. What followed was simply amazing. 1, being that he is a privateer, 2, the fact that it's a RWD car, 3, he only had a half hour to himself on the circuit, so the pressure was immense, and 4 this is a Privateer driving his own car... unlike tuning shops who hire professional racers to put down laps for them. Here is what transpired as a result of his efforts:
Yes, someone just ventured into unseen territory. 52 seconds. A privateer driving his own car at that.. simply amazing. Congratulations! He still has more planned for his car, and 51 seconds may not be out of the question. Never count this guy out.
Here are just some of my favourite time attack cars from over the years, feel free to post up yours!
The M-Speed GTR. One of the most beast GTR's ever built.
Mine's GTR. I can only imagine how fast a Mines car would be if they built a strictly track car. (They don't gut their interiors to save weight, or anything. These are TRUE street cars)
Garage Ito R34
Pan Speed RX-7
Under Suzuki's amazing personal S15.