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Grip : GRIP March 2012
SPORT GRIP TETSUYA Yamano will drive the Subaru BRZ in Japan’s 2012 Super GT Series this year. The car, known as the Subaru BRZ GT300, will replace the Subaru Legacy STI that took part in the series in 2011. Hideharu Tatsumi, Deputy General Manager of STI Motorsport Project Office, which developed the car, said: “We developed the last year. The regulation has changed a little for this year to allow for a larger restrictor diameter. So, I expect races with faster top speeds. “This year’s challenge for the 2-litre turbo BRZ is how competitive it can be against cars with larger displacements on a straight. However, we have the advantage in cornering and braking performance, so we need different strategies depending on the circuits.” The team is aware that it will be a tough year campaigning a new car. Many of its competitors will have greater outright speed, but the team hopes its handling will be rewarded on some of the more technical tracks. Driver, Tetsuya Yamano, is looking forward to the change into the BRZ. “This season, how we fight in the BRZ, which is at the centre of attention, and how we develop it is impor tant,” he said. “While feeling a very strong sense of responsibility, I predict the start of the season to be very tough. “Making the most of the BRZ’s low centre of gravity, I would like to specifically demonstrate its cornering speed. “I want to make sure that we finish on the podium at SUGO, Motegi, Suzuka, and Autopolis where there are many corners. I’ll be competing together with the same team-mate as last year, so I don’t have any worries. “We’ll do our best to develop the car and to fight for a podium.” After seeing the car at the official track test in February, leading website topspeed.com wrote: “In terms of its design, the BRZ GT300 looks a lot different than the production BRZ, as well it should. The former was engineered specifically for racing reasons and as such, it’s had some in-house tuning done courtesy of STI. The modifications on the BRZ GT300 include a larger carbon fibre splitter, a larger front air intake, new air scoops on the bonnet, a fixed rear spoiler, a new diffuser, perspex windows, and a new set of 18” black BRz TO DEBuT IN JApAN’S GT SERIES BRZ GT300 aiming to take advantage of Subaru’s characteristically low centre of gravity.” Few will disagree that the team behind the new racer got that part right as the car looks right at home on a race track. Painted in Subaru’s theme colour of WR Blue, the BRZ GT300, with its characteristic Boxer engine sound, is set to make a strong visual impact wherever it goes. The team behind the campaign is R&D SPORT. Its team director, Shinji Motojima, said: “The development and engineering capabilities of Subaru / STI have created a wonderful car. “We have to make full use of it to get good results, which will undoubtedly put us under more pressure than alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan tyres. As you can expect, the interior of the BRZ GT300 was completely stripped down to its bare essentials to ensure that the car loses as much weight as possible. In place of everything that was taken out, Subaru added a full roll cage and a Recaro racing seat. Under the hood of the race car, Subaru outfitted the BRZ GT300 with an STI- developed 2.0 -litre four- cylinder boxer engine that has been tuned to produce 300 horsepower, right in line with the requirements for the GT300 class of the Super GT Series which the BRZ will compete in.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE RETAILER OF THE YEAR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AFTERSALES AMBASSADOR SPONSORSHIP WHAT’S IN THE PRESS TRENDS DEALER RANKINGS NPS SCORES SPORT
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