TEAM FLUKE AT NIKKO CIRCUIT: Me and everyone else

October 8, 2009 12:38 am Published by

All I seem to be posting recently are photos from the first corner at Nikko Circuit.

Do I hear any complaints?

This S14 had an interesting front end conversion, and was slammed low on some SSR Type F wheels.

This might look like good angle, but when the driver is looking backwards on the first corner, it generally means one thing…

…that they’re going to do their best to rip off their bodykit.

There were lots of nice looking cars there, but I wasn’t able to take any photos of the guys in the expert group, because that’s who I was driving with!

WRXs are slowly becoming a bit more popular as drift cars as parts and setup knowlege becomes more widespread.

It seems like every single day I’ve taken photos recently has been overcast, which makes even good paintjobs look terrible. This 180SX was driven by a girl, too.

This rather haggard-looking NA S13 was perfectly suited to the wet conditions.

I think I might be over-doing it a bit with these slow exposure speeds. It looks a bit fake.

What’s up with that guy’s expression?

Look! He’s doing it again!

Slow exposures can look kind of cool sometimes though.

This S13 was also being driven by a rather cute girl. She had a matching set of purple 17-inch Grenade GX-01s, but had a similar-looking set of colour-matched 16-inchers to run on the track.

So, you’re probably wondering what happened to the Mark II, I take it?

The drift competition was what they call “roulette”, which means you just do as many laps as you can in the time allowed, and D1 driver Hiroshi Fukuda sat up on the judging stand and picked whoever he thought drifted the first corner in the best way.

Well, I’ve had the JZX100 for long enough now that it feels fairly familiar, and I’ve had the most seat time at Nikko of any track in Japan. I basically drove it at 110% through the first five corners, and let it cool down around the back section of the course, which wasn’t part of the competition.

As you can see, I made a couple of off-track excursions.

I found this pair of cheap Regamasters at Up Garage last week in 17×9 +38 with a pair of fairly new 235/40 Toyo Proxes R1Rs on them (you could still see the moulding stripes in the tread grooves) for about $130. Not bad eh?

As I said the other day, my driving was good enough to pick up second place in expert class. It was honestly a bit of a surprise to pick up a trophy, as I was sure there were at least three other guys in the group I was in who were better than me. Keep in mind that it was wet during the competition too, something I haven’t really done in the Mark II yet.

Fukuda said that the best elements of my runs was that I didn’t look like I backed off the accelerator at any point, even when I messed up and dropped a wheel off, and that the initial flick of angle looked cool.

That was a good thing to hear, as I’m running some datalogging in the car at the moment (more about that another time), and the data reflects

At a recent Motokids practice day at Nikko, I met Kouichi Miyamoto from the MISSILE workshop, who insisted on taking me out in his automatic JZX90 to give me some advice. Looking at the data from his car, the transition from straight to maximum angle was about half a second, whereas I was taking almost a whole second. Kenji Takayama was there on that day, and he said that the entries on even my best runs were still only so-so.

The data from the Fluke competition runs shows my maximum angle in just over half a second, so there’s definitely an improvement there.

Unfortunately, I also bent my exhaust system by trying too hard.

Did I mention that the car came with a full titanium exhaust system?

Yeah, not too happy about that.

The rear slip-on can used to be in perfect condition. Oh well, it’s a drift car, isn’t it?

This one was kind of funny. After the competition, the weather dried up, so I switched to some worn-out Federal SS595s.

Right in the middle of a 106km/h manji on the back straight (I have datalogging, remember?) it let go, and the car spun around like a top, but I still managed to stay on the track. When I drove into the pits, there were quite a few people staring at me with their eyes bugging out. It must have looked pretty spectacular.

Pop!

Hey, did anyone else know that Regamasters were made in Russia?

Time to pack up and go home. Nikko Circuit always kicks everyone out at 4:30 on the dot so they can clean the track and pits, so everyone congregates in the parking lot to talk or do whatever.

Fukuda brought his D1 car to check it out for this weekend’s D1 Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway. Are any of you guys going to that? I should get some pics of Noriyaro readers and put them up…

Grey grey weather. At least Fukuda’s 180SX looks cheerful.

The “18014″ was filthy, but still in one piece.

This is the way to do it. Drift at the track on your drift wheels and tyres, then drive home 19/20-inch staggered show wheels. I’m kind of sick of doing the freeway on flat spots, so I might need to pick up some spare “normal driving” wheels like this.

Japan.

The country where cute girls in glasses drift murdered-out 180SXs with satanic number plates.

I know there’s probably a Leopard fan out there somewhere. This guy did actually drift it, but not for much.

Big body panels equals big-arse flail marks.

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