SUPER GT INTERNATIONAL SERIES MALAYSIA 2011 – Friday : A Brief Look into the Details

Contrary to the previous day, the pit lane is full of activities as teams make their final preparation for tomorrow’s practice and qualifying session. The first task for the team is to pass the scrutiny of the race stewards. Once the car was cleared to go, teams will concentrate their effort on the setup of the car for tomorrow and in between, the mechanics spent some time to practice their pitstop routine.

The EVANGELION RT TEST-01 IM·JIHAN Shiden is one of the most unique looking car in the series. Competing in the GT300 Class, it is one of the favourites for the win at Sepang as proved two years ago when despite starting from the last place on the grid still managed to take victory.

KONDO RACING mechanics pushing the ADVAN KONDO GT-R back into the pit after scrutineering.

ARTA mechanics preparing the Garaiya. ARTA stands for AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI.

REAL RACING’s entry for the GT500 Class, the KEIHIN HSV-010 is being pushed back after scrutineering.

Late in the evening, it was time for teams to practice their pitstop routine.

Seen above is the details on the exhaust muffler of the Nissan GT-R, which exits just behind the front wheel. Below is the detail on the exhaust of the Honda HSV-010 and unlike the GT-R, the HSV-010′s muffler exits between the diffuser at the rear end of the car.

Nissan’s challenger for the GT500 Class, the GT-R has won the first two opening rounds of the championship but the two leading teams will be carrying the heaviest weight penalty for the weekend.

Second in the driver’s championship, Tsugio Matsuda and Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira will have to carry a 40kg weight penalty for the weekend.

The details on the R&D SPORT SUBARU LEGACY B4′s front suspension configuration.

Loic Duval and Takashi Kogure practicing their pitstop routine.

Loic Duval, SUPER GT INTERNATIONAL SERIES MALAYSIA 2011.

The best seat in the house. The workplace of the 2010 SUPER GT Champion, the Weider HSV-010 of Loic Duval and Takashi Kogure. The current generation of GT500 cars use pedal shift instead of stick shift. The pedal shift was introduced in 2009 only in the GT500 Class, while the GT300 cars still use the old customary stick shift.

The details of the louvers, which channels the air through the front bonnet of the car. It is a delicate piece of aerodynamic bodywork, and the subtle differences can seen between the HSV-010 (above) and the GT-R (below). Teams have a various configuration of bonnets and skirts available to them. SUPER GT is a series that allows some minor modification of the cars to be made throughout the season. In some circuits, teams would opt for a flat bonnet without any louvers especially in Fuji as to minimize drag in its long straights. As seen above and below, such configuration was definitely not an option at Sepang because of the cooling the engine needs in the high temperature of the circuit as well as the downforce the drivers needed to negotiate the fast sweeping curves in the middle section of the track.

The Lexus SC430′s air intake manifold. The engine is a sensitive part of the car and teams usually cover it with a piece of black cloth to avoid photographers from taking pictures.

The details on the aerodynamic bodywork of the EVANGELION RT TEST-01 IM·JIHAN Shiden is fascinating. Pictured above is the from the rear end of the car and below is from the front.

Stay tuned for more coverage from tomorrow’s practice and qualifying session.

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One Response to “SUPER GT INTERNATIONAL SERIES MALAYSIA 2011 – Friday : A Brief Look into the Details”
  1. Hussein Zain says:

    Nice coverage!! It’s like “behind-the-scenes” footage, exploring the parts that were unseen before the race day.
    And now I know what the black cloth is for… Thought it was for protecting the engine from some external elements that could damage it or etc…

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