Quite a few know by now what I will be building for next season\'s Nippon Challenge Super GT class so I took delivery of an RX-8 rolling shell thatâ€™s gone straight into the paint shop I thought we would get a build thread up n running.
Many know I raced various "tin tops" for many years and gained a few Championships and race wins and also that I have used our RX-8 on track for a while, indeed it will be back out again at Castle Coombe (first picture below) in a couple of weeks time but going to the new Snetterton race track refired the passion to race again not that it ever really went away or that I ever slowed down, so here we are, were going racing again !.
Some know that a run in a 600bhp NASCAR Stock Car a year ago where by the 21 one of us were whittled down across three sessions and happily it showed me that by being fastest on the day and I at least have some speed left in me, because if I\'m going to race again I need to know I won\'t be just a tail end Charlie running at the back, especially when you think this car will have Racing Beat, Surf City Garage and Ballistic Race Car Batteryâ€™s associated plus my own Mazdarotaryparts company on top of that Hayward Rotary will supply the power needed to get the car at least competitive.
As far as we know there is not one RX-8 currently racing here in the UK on circuits so by racing one I hope to help make not only the RX-8 but also the Rotary engine be taken more seriously than it currently is plus this project my inspire more to get out there and race an RX-8.
Using suspension and brake knowledge gained from the track day sessions I am hoping to put together a competitive RX-8 â€œkit carâ€ Racer working only from a lock up, which means that rather than the fully equipped workshops I used to run my race cars from this new RX-8 will need to be very much a drill and bolt together â€œkit carâ€ Racer, i.e. bolt in cage etc, etc.
The reason for picking the Nippon Challenge Super GT class is because the RX-8 complies with very few series and to run in one of the lower Nippon Challenge classes the RX-8 either has too much power or not enough so itâ€™s going to be the top class we will run the car in, hopefully at the sharp end of the field.
The series was also picked because it is a series that uses track day tyres and not slicks because buy using slicks means a whole lot more money going into the suspension and brakes as the cornering speed targets go way up with the addition of slick tyres, bottom line is that this will NOT be some big buck racer as we do not have lots of funds to build this car but hopefully I can show that the RX-8 will be portrayed as a competitive car thatâ€™s been easily screwed together without spending lots of money.
The car will be in my old race car yellow and blue colours and may look something like the images below but until it becomes yellow I wonâ€™t decide the final paint scheme.
Hoping to have the car out around October for running in and testing and as the weeks go on I will try and update the thread for anyone who is interested both here and from the RX8OC