FIRECRACKER: Car Make Rasty’s 86 at the HKS Meeting, part II

February 3, 2014 9:17 am Published by

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Not even one lap into the 86 session at the HKS Meeting, and the Rasty 86 is being towed back to the pits. Could the overly-long 1.5km front straight at Fuji Speedway be to blame?

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The front glass was completely covered in a film of oil.

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“So I was flat out at the end of the straight, then the engine went boosh and the car stopped.”

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Well, let’s push it back into the pit bay and see what went wrong.

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The long walk back.

Check the Mark II Blit and Zero Crown cars in the background. Those are Rasty customer cars that were entered in amateur class.

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Everyone was all sheepish grins when the car was towed back to the pits, but they got a bit more serious once it was time to open up the bonnet and see what happened.

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Just follow the trail of oil and see where it leads.

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There’s your problem.

Before anyone says “Yeah, it’s a Subaru engine”, that’s not what I meant.

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There’s not supposed to be a hole there. That’s not a factory-spec crack either.

“Fuji’s front straight is pretty tough, eh.” said Arita.

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Here’s a couple of pics straight from Rasty. The number two conrod let go and did a Mike Tyson on the inside of the block.

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At least the piston seems to have survived though. The engine has obviously already been stripped down, and a new block is sitting in the Rasty workshop ready to go in.

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