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Old 03-21-2019, 09:05 AM   #1
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When: June 20-23(Actual race 22-23) Qualifying May 18-19
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Recent news from Autoprove and Subaru-MSM translated through google(bare with spelling and grammatical errors):

STI race project is starting to move well towards the 2019 Nürburgring 24-hour race. The race car is basically a carryover, but there is a need to simmer from various angles whether it is possible to improve the performance or improve the reliability for the 2019 race. The first test was conducted at Fuji Speedway in mid-September 2018, and the second test at Fuji Speedway was conducted over the two days of December 13 and 14. The tests included checking the Falken tire's specifications for 2019, evaluating the performance of the newly developed BBS wheel, testing the aerodynamic performance, cooling performance, and evaluating the engine control.

Cooling measures

The first is cooling performance. The Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race, which used to be often cold, has now been at a higher temperature than expected in recent years, and even in the 2017 and 2018 races, the water temperature and oil temperature have reached the upper limit and engine control is also possible I have a bitter experience I had to cope with high water temperatures. The year 2019 will be held in the third week of June, with a delay of one month behind the year 2018, so it will be the European summer season. Therefore, even when the temperature exceeds 30 ° C., it is required to have an allowance in the oil water temperature. "I was in a very severe condition last time. I will do my best to prevent such a thing this time," said General Manager Tsutomi.

Therefore, the 2019 specification adopts a larger capacity radiator, an oil cooler, and the oil cooler is built in the lower end of the radiator. Also, because the amount of cooling water is large, the oil temperature and water temperature can be lowered by 5 ° C or more than before. In fact, the cooling performance of these radiators and the cooling performance of the intercooler depend on the heat in the engine room being removed well. In other words, controlling the air flow in the engine room is also extremely important.



Therefore, WRX STI has also been tested in wind tunnels, and the fin shape and direction of the large air louver on the bonnet have been improved. Since the engine room's hot air louver on the bonnet and the air inlet duct for intercooler cooling are all in front of the windshield, they are areas of high air pressure generated by the windshield, and from this part the engine compartment It is difficult to discharge the air, and it is necessary to actively remove the air from the inside of the engine room toward the lower surface of the floor where the air pressure is lower, or from the wheel house or the side.Therefore, the length of the undercover at the bottom of the engine room is shortened to make it easy for air to escape from the side of the transmission toward the ground. In addition, a small air outlet has been added to the top of the front blister fender by wind tunnel testing. The fender outlet allows air in the engine room and wheel house to escape, and the fin shape of the outlet also acts as a vortex generator controlling the air flow through the side of the body.



BBS new wheels and tires

With regard to the 2019 spec tires, the current Fuji test showed that the outside temperature was low, 5 to 6 ° C, and as a result of light rain, there were many half wet road conditions. As a result, the test only confirms the feeling. In addition, the wheel of new development was also evaluated this time. It used to be a magnesium forged wheel made of BBS, but this time the aluminum forging made of BBS's new design was brought in.



By devising the design of the spoke shape, it is about + 100g more than magnesium forged, and it is finished as light weight surprisingly as aluminum. Evaluate whether the conventional magnesium forgeability and this new aluminum forged wheel should have different stiffness and deflection characteristics of the wheel, and if they have differences in driving or grip feeling, or if slight advantages can be obtained. There is. As a result, the driver received a very positive comment, and it is said that they will start production with some modifications.

Integrated control of ECU

Another important menu of this test is the evaluation of ECU for engine control. STI has conventionally used Motech engine ECUs, but now uses a newer generation Motech ECU. The calculation speed of the CPU and the communication speed are significantly improved compared to the conventional ECU, and it is known that this has a great effect on the improvement of the response of the engine and the improvement of the pickup of rotation.


Therefore, the comparison evaluation of actually running the course with the new and old ECUs is also performed, and the expected result is obtained. It means that the shift accuracy of the shift has been improved, and smooth shift during cornering has become possible, which has also contributed to the improvement of stability and drivability.

According to the results of this test, General Manager Eiji Tsuji will review the test schedule for the future, but the time left is not so long. What is currently finalized is the test in early March 2019, which also serves as a media launch, after which the WRX STI will be transported to Germany. It has not been decided yet for the actual test in the VLN race at Nürburgring. If there is no participation in the VLN race, the qualifying race, which will be held on May 18-19, will be the only actual test.

The Nordschleif (north course) of the Nürburgring is also undergoing construction of a safety fence based on FIA and major renovation of the course pavement, and the new course will be completed in late February. The track conditions are expected to change significantly so far, so I'm looking forward to what kind of run the WRX STI will show on the new course.



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Old 03-21-2019, 09:09 AM   #2
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About two months have passed since the progress report that was announced at the end of 2018, and it seems that aging is progressing. The 2019 specifications were unveiled on March 10, but prior to that, they talked to the general manager of the final specifications of the 2019 final specifications at the "Gunma Works-Satsuki Factory" (the editorial department is named arbitrarily) based on Subaru STI. I asked.

Is it a revolutionary aerodynamic effect?

The most eye-catching in the 19-year specification is coloring and painting. Of course, many ducts are provided as a measure against heat, and it is impressive that the appearance has greatly changed, but the matte coating without gloss has a strong presence.


Actually I tried to touch the painted surface, but it is not a mere matte paint with a rough feel. Certainly, although there is such a frost on the GT3 machine in Europe such as Mercedes AMG GT, it has not been rough until now. What is the purpose of this painting?

This painting was born out of the team's chat and was called "shark skin painting". This is aimed at the rectification effect of air, and is aimed at the effect of reducing air separation at the change point of the body shape.
For example, air flows from the bonnet to the front window, flows past the roof, and peels off from the body, but it is said that a vortex due to air separation is generated at the joint between the front window and the roof. That is air resistance. By using this shark skin paint there, air separation is reduced, and it seems to be transformed into a flow of air that crawls the roof along the roof. Is there a possibility that the efficiency improvement of the rear wing can be expected for that? It may be said.


Of course, even though the wind tunnel test is very small, the results are as expected, so the stickers and so on will be put on the sponsors, so how can we expect such an effect? It turns out that. The ultimate might be to make a shark skin sticker ...

As for brakes, it is an issue to select pads for improving braking G when ABS operates
The 18-year specification was changing the geometry such as expanding the tread, but the reaction put a strain on the brakes and tires, and it was said that the level was not very good. As much as possible without stressing the tires, it is also necessary to review to use the good parts of the brakes.


In the 18-year situation, there was a change in geometry, which put a load on the front, and strengthening the front brakes hurts the tires, so I lowered the ***956; of the pad. Then there was a symptom that the effect of the rear became relatively better and it became easier to lock. In addition, the intervention timing of ABS also becomes early. Therefore, it was said that the hydraulic pressure dropped and it was difficult to ride that ABS worked without sufficient braking G coming out.


In addition, the WRX STI is a front heavy machine with a weight distribution of 6: 4 for front and rear because it is a modified car based on a commercial vehicle. Therefore, it is said that the brakes for 19 years start from the setup based on the assumption that the load is originally strong at the front, add the control to change the braking G of the ABS, and adopt the method of setting the pads finely.

By the way, in the hard parts such as the rotor diameter has been upsized in 18 years, and the size is the same as before, and there is no change. The front is 380 mm and the rear is 280 mm in size. However, we plan to try to reduce the size of the front for qualifying, and while the ***966;380 is essential for a 24-hour race, we are planning to use ***966;370 for qualifying and seek to reduce the unsprung weight (-5 kg ***8203;***8203;/ car) I'm saying that.

Enables quicker response with integrated control of ECU
Although the latest report, "Motec Control," has been reported last time, by controlling the transmission shift, drive system and engine output control with one ECU, the communication speed will be 5 or 10 times faster than the 18-year model.

The effect is said to be beneficial at various points. First is the behavior change of the machine. There has been no change in attitude due to a shift change during turning. It is also linked that shifting is done by the paddle shift and the blipping matches perfectly and the fuel is cut. This series of control became possible because one control program in the computer was made. After all, the shift change shock has been reduced, the driver load has been reduced, and an essential set for endurance races has become possible.
In other words, with this integrated control, it is possible to control the safety margin to the last minute, and as a result, the time for which the high output of the engine can be used will be slightly longer or longer. It is.


It also contributes to reducing the weight of the flywheel. Originally the lightweight flywheel of the level which can not be compared with the commercial vehicle is adopted, but the lighter it, the better the engine response. However, it seems that the cam drive belt of the engine is likely to cause tooth skipping. Although the 18-year specification wants to reduce the weight for that reason, it was not possible to change to the originally intended weight reduction parts, but with the 19-year specification, it became possible to control around that, so it was lighter than the 18-year specification It became possible to use the fly wheel. Furthermore, the weight reduction of the flywheel contributes significantly to the improvement of the shift feel.

Annoyed noise control
After 18 years of racing week, I was afflicted with exhaust noise problems. The noise level was pointed out as a violation of the regulation from the official during the driving time in the official Praktis. At this time I had not made any changes with 17 years, so it is unclear why the level would be exceeded, and as a measure against sudden drop, I was in the production race with measures to stuff the muffler material in the muffler end .


This does not mean that the original power has been exhausted, and the entire team would have felt a hazy feeling. In addition, the location of the noise measurement was unknown, and there was also a circumstance where it was not possible to cope with engine control. After that, although the measurement place etc. became clear, it is understood that the noise level is the level over in the first place under the influence of the high efficiency of the engine etc. doing. And a muffler that can suppress the noise reduction effect by 3 db is also prepared, and double measures are being prepared


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Measures heat with a large radiator
As mentioned in the previous report, the 19-year race was delayed by about one month, and it became a major summer in Europe due to being held in June. Therefore, the body shape of each place is changed, and heat measures such as improvement of air ducts and under panels are required. This time, I took pictures of under panel and radiator, so I will post it here.



and wheel revolution
There is no change in the combination of BBS wheels and Falken tires, but this seems to be challenging in the micro world as well. At the beginning, I explained that the weight distribution of WRX STI is 6: 4 in the brake part, but this also affects the load applied to the tires & wheels. Based on that, he thought, "Are there front and rear dissimilar tires and different wheels?"
Therefore, the material of the wheel is changed from magnesium to aluminum. It seems that it has become about 100g heavy by this change, but it is said that it pays attention to having "feature" which is a feature of aluminum. The mug wheel has high rigidity but has few characteristics. While remembering that Subaru is a member of Subaru, he remembers that even when developing a vehicle, he said that it is necessary to "make" and "no" for body rigidity.

What you do using this principle is to increase the contact area of ***8203;***8203;the tire. The wheel and tire are deformed while securing the rigidity of the wheel and the rigidity of the tire, and the contact area is increased. It is said that we are working on these things. So, if the WRX STI has a different weight distribution back and forth, it is likely that the wheels and tires that are different back and forth are probably not zero.

Of course, it's not something you can see by eye, so you can't tell at a glance if you look at a real car, but the driver says he feels the difference. In the test run, we have already introduced wheels that use the curvature of different types of tires and aluminum wheels, and that some results "good" and "bad" are beginning to appear in the drive.

The 19-year specification is based on the 18-year carry-over specification, but it can be seen that it will be finished on a completely different machine. In the media shakeoff test on March 10th, it will appear with specifications that summarize the area. Furthermore, based on the data obtained in this shakedown, final adjustments for production will be made at Gunma Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Katsuki Factory, after which it will be airlifted to Germany.

In addition, there are some races that have to be played, such as the VLN race and the QF race in April, before the show, and it is now at the stage of finishing to the final specification.

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Old 03-21-2019, 09:20 AM   #3
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I like the matte finish. Wish it were more aerodynamic. (which it very much could be, but, not cheaply, I suspect)

Here's to another solid race, Hopefully the team makes some good luck.
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Translated from Autoprove:

On March 10, 2019, STI will hold the " STI Motor Sports DAY " at Fuji Speedway, and will participate in the 24-hour Nürburgring race in front of many fans packed with shark skin painted WRX STI machines public shakedown test Did. Therefore let's convey further detailed information like AP.

No change in team structure
The team structure of 2019 is the driver under the general manager Eiji Eiji, and the drivers are Carlo Van Damm, Tim Schlick, Takuto Iguchi, and Hideki Yamauchi, who will not change from the previous year. However, Carlo Van Damme and Tim Schlick also came to Japan during the shakedown and ran into Fuji Speedway.


The mechanics supporting the team will be the dealer mechanics selected from the dealers of Hokkaido Subaru, Fukushima Subaru, Hokuriku Subaru, Shizuoka Subaru, Nagoya Subaru, Osaka Subaru, Shiga Subaru and Hiroshima Subaru. The number of mechanics for dealer selection has been six so far, but the number has been increased to eight to reduce the work burden on the site.

The information in the development stage of the officially announced 2019 WRX STI has been published continuously, so please refer to the following link.

In the Nürburgring 24-hour race in 2018, although the target class victory was achieved, it was not possible to say that I had run comfortably because of problems that were not expected in the preliminary and final races. Based on these reflections, the goal of this year's target is to improve mechanical durability, improve durability and reliability, and improve performance to pursue higher dimensional performance.

Improved power unit and ECU
First of all, the troubles of 2018 and their countermeasures are about ECU. Rainwater intruded into the car in the second half of the race in 2018, causing problems with the ECU getting wet and engine malfunction. In fact, the genuine ECU has a certain level of waterproofing measures, but the Motech-made ECUs used in the race did not have waterproofing measures.Therefore, it is also confirmed that this time, the ECU body for watercraft is adopted, waterproofing is also applied to the wiring to be connected, and the engine can be properly controlled with the ECU inserted in the water tank in the confirmation experiment. Vandam said, "It looks like a submarine."
In addition, Motech's ECU used this time is the latest specification, and the calculation speed of CPU and communication speed through wiring are 8 times faster than the conventional type, and the engine response is also improved. In the past, separate ECUs were used for DCCD and paddle shift, but this is integrated into one engine control ECU to eliminate communication delay.

Measures were taken to reduce the shock at the time of shift and to reduce the decrease in vehicle speed at the time of gear change, taking advantage of the increase in control speed of the ECU where there was no communication delay. So far, sequential gear transmission shocks have been large, especially at cornering, where the driver has felt uneasy. Therefore, by reviewing each gear ratio to reduce the step ratio and combining a lightweight clutch / flywheel, the decrease in shift shock and engine speed during gear change is reduced. The reduction in engine speed at the time of shift was suppressed, and as a result, it was possible to reduce by 0.0065 seconds in one shift. There are 65 shift changes in one lap, which is 0.42 seconds faster in total, and about 24 minutes in about 1 minute.
In addition, low friction engine oil is used during qualifying to improve response and increase output in all speed ranges.

Complete trouble measures
At the time of qualifying in 2018, there was a problem of oil leakage from the power steering oil hose. For this reason, the 2019 specification manufactures hoses under the same quality control as mass-produced vehicles, and at the same time reduces the number of hose joints.
Of course, as already reported , the radiator / oil cooler has also been scaled up to further improve the cooling performance. This 24 hour race will be held in June, so it will be a summer race in Europe. For this reason, we have improved the cooling performance, which was the last limit, so that we can start racing with enough time.

I also made a new exhaust silencer. In 2018, I was caught in volume control, and I had to reduce the engine speed during the race, so this time I asked the barnacle to produce a new silencer. In addition, a silencer with higher silencing performance is also manufactured for backup just in case.
The chassis reduced the radius of the front scratch. The offset amount of the wheel is + offset because the wide tire is used, but the 2018 specification is too large, and the tire load at the time of turning is that the wear of the tire is large, and the understeer at the acceleration / deceleration Was easy to come out. As a countermeasure, the thickness of the hub carrier is changed to reduce the scrub radius.

The wheels are made of magnesium instead of aluminum, and the front and rear wheels are shaped differently. The front wheel has a rim height of 1 mm, which improves the bead / filler retention characteristics of the tire and increases the effective contact area and maneuverability.


The aerodynamic meaning of shark skin painting
The coloring of the body looks matte paint, that is, matte paint, so the impression is quite different. This is "shark skin coating", and it asks the paint manufacturer to use the paint that makes the paint surface have minute irregularities.This idea is called "boundary layer control" in the field of aerodynamics. Not only water but also air is sticky, and air sticks to the surface of moving objects in the air. In a uniform air flow, the surface of the object has a viscosity called laminar flow, and a layer with a slow air flow (called a laminar boundary layer) is formed. However, the shape of the car is not ideal streamlined, but it has to be changed from the laminar boundary layer to the turbulent boundary layer at various places during traveling because of the discontinuous shape. Resistance occurs at the transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow.


Furthermore, in the place where the body shape is more angular, the laminar boundary layer separates, and a large air resistance is generated behind the separated place. Such turbulence and air resistance due to air flow separation can not be ignored at high speeds.


Therefore, by creating minute irregularities on the surface of the body from the beginning, a minute turbulent boundary layer is formed on the surface, and as a result, the occurrence of turbulent transition is reduced and the air flow is separated more smoothly. Air resistance can be reduced. This is a technology called "boundary layer control". The means of this boundary layer control is a very rough and rough shark skin paint with a rough surface.

In preparation for qualifying race in May
The 2019 version of the machine has a completely new outer panel, but the skeleton is the same as the 2018 version. Taking advantage of that advantage, it is also a feature of this time that the number of test runs has increased compared to the past.




The test run has been repeated three times by the end of 2018, in late February 2019, and on March 9-11, and confirmation of the items introduced for 2019 and settings are being boiled down. This is an unusual number of tests compared to the average year. This time, it is said that the machine is easy to run with Van Dam, who ran Fuji Speedway, and Schlick. In addition, according to general manager Tsuji, it was found that the test run on Fuji Speedway was about one second faster than the 2018 test, confirming that the setting was in a good direction. The only thing that couldn't be done was the wet tire matching test.


On March 9-11, intensive training on the handling of race cars is also conducted to dealer selected mechanics. After three days of training, she has improved her movement and work and has seen some visible growth.


The upcoming WRX STI will not participate in the VLN race, but will participate in the "Qualify Race", the official race for the 24-hour race teams taking place May 18-19.
As for the goal of this season's general manager, he said, "I would like to make it a battle to be able to eat any of the above classes, not to mention the class victory." In Japanese cars, Toyota GR Supra will also participate in the Nürburgring 24 hour race for the first time in the SP8T class, but the WRX STI, which challenges the upper class, is expected to be able to run.
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Tim Schrick is the name, not Schlick
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each picture got better and better...
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A Short video from Subi Performance with some up-close shots of the NBR car with Tim Schrick from last year:

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I love seeing this car every year.

Anyone have detail on their sump/oil system?
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I love seeing this car every year.

Anyone have detail on their sump/oil system?
Looks to be pretty standard stuff:

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STi came in 1st place in class in the 6 hour qualifying race this past weekend.

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From subaru-msm:

On the 18th (Sat) and 19th (Sun), a six-hour qualifying race for the 24-hour race in June will take place in Nürburgring, Germany. Tim Schlick / Hideki Yamauchi / Takuto Iguchi started the race from the 1st place grid in the class and ran with no trouble. 34th overall, received the checkered flag in the SP3T class top.

The weekend of the qualifying race was held in unstable weather. In the practice on the morning of the 18th, when the conditions were completely dry, the SUBARU / STI team carried out setting checks and running-in of parts used in the race such as tires and brakes. Of the two and a half hour running frame on the Grand Prix course, I finished the run leaving about one hour. According to STI General Manager Eiji Eiji, “There was nothing wrong with the setting of the test that I repeated at Fuji. The afternoon practice will be a full course. It is important for me to come up early in the morning. " Many of the participating teams participate in this race for the purpose of vehicle set-up check for the 24-hour race and driver familiarity. In the one-and-a-half hour practice set up in the afternoon, Van Damm, Schlick, and Iguchi boarded the SUBARU WRX STI and ran the full course each. It is said that there is a section in which the road surface is maintained and the surface is repaired. At the start of the practice session, the road was dry and cloudy. However, in 30 minutes, rain clouds covered the course from the north and it started to rain. Eventually, the rain legs became stronger, and off the course, machines that suffered damage came out one after another. Yamauchi got in on WRX STI, but I decided to finish the run here because there was no sign of improvement. After that the rain rose and we could see the blue sky through the clouds. This year, the temperature was not so low, even at rain, and it was around 20 degrees.

Germany in this time has a late sunset, and bright hours continue past 9 o'clock. In the first qualifying session for the qualifying race, which began at 6:45 pm on this day, the SUBARU / STI team was planning for each driver to run one lap on the measurement lap and qualify. The course condition is dry contrary to the forecast. After four people ran, it began to rain again. Yamauchi was the fastest lap time among the four. The time is 9 minutes 04 seconds 508, and it is the top in SP3T class, and it is the 41st time among the 98 participating cars. Yamauchi said, "The feel of the car is very good. It took me only a single lap to get this time, and it responds. I think there is still room for time up if I just run into it a little more." I was talking. The SUBARU / STI team skipped the second qualifying session held on the morning of the race day. I came to the final race with some time. The second qualifying session was rainy and full-course wet conditions.
The formation race started at 11:50 in the final race. It was raining at this point, but many teams chose the intermediate tires. Vandam takes charge of the SUBARU / STI team. The tire was selected intermediate. The six-hour race started as soon as the hands of the clock showed twelve o'clock. Van Damme got off to a good start, but the track conditions were dry quickly, and after a lap we pitted and changed to slick tires. After that, laps were made with stable lap time, and after about 70 minutes, she was replaced by Schlick of the second runner. He also drives mileage and piles up mileage. Yamauchi, the third person, is driving with the hardest tires. Data acquisition of tire grip and wear was also one of the important menus. On the other hand, Iguchi pitted out wearing soft tires. As a result, the team's fastest lap of the day, 9: 1 597, was recorded. In the end, Van Damm also made rounds with soft tires for about 30 minutes, and he also marked 9 minutes and 1 second.

“I was able to improve on the points that did not go well last year, and I've had a good track record of running in domestic tests. The car has become faster, so far so good. Now that we have found one task we should consider, we have been running for 6 hours with no trouble this time, but we have to run this quadruple for a 24 hour race. I would like to prepare and prepare for the 24 hour race. "

“I was able to build a good pace because we were in good condition in the car and, surprisingly, the final race was almost dry condition, so I think that it was a very good touch. I think it's just an open, but it's definitely easier now than in previous cars, "he says. Hideki Yamauchi, "I think it was a good trend overall. I tried hard tires, but I think it was a good test considering the hot race in June. I was able to race comfortably without trouble Said.




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Most recent update after the quali session last month, looks like minor upgrades to the car and the same all star cast behind the wheel for this year.

https://www.subaru-msm.com/2019/nbr/report/

I heard that the car was overhauled in the garage in Adenau after the MSM qualifying race.
Takumi "We split the vehicle apart on the day after the qualifying race and replaced the engine, transmission assembly, rear differential, suspension links, etc. with fresh ones for the race. No major problems were found in the overhaul process. Also, with regard to the exhaust volume, which was pointed out many times last year and was stressed by the drivers, as the volume was lowered by 3 to 4 db with the cooperation of the supplier, the volume check during the race was quite problematic There was no impact on engine performance, but I found that there was more ground to touch the road than in previous years, and that some bolts were worn due to abrasion. For the race, the radiator capacity is increased, and the weight increase increases the road surface touch The 24-hour race must run four times the distance of the qualifying race, so we have prepared a measure to keep your feet from getting squeezed in. The spring rate of the suspension also has a little bit in the hard direction I will go. "



Is there anything else to worry about after the MSM qualifying race?
Takumi "There are a lot of concerns, of course. Yamauchi and Iguchi have also evaluated that they can compete 24 hours in the current setting, but Carlo and Tim seem to have a slightly different opinion. At the same time, I have been testing several combinations of different compound tires, which may be a strange feeling, and Yamauchi and Iguchi are used to running this car in domestic tests enough to get used to it I think that Carlo and Tim will understand and get used to the intention of the setting as they go on laps, but I want to make the setting as satisfying as possible for all drivers, so Considering the specifications, I prepared additional parts for improvement. "



How do you value the performance of this year's car by MSM ?
Tatsumi "When I look back on my mind, I can see that this year's machine has evolved as planned. The top speed has also increased, and in race laps," 5 "seconds per lap from last year's car Iguchi is getting 9 minutes and 1 second during the race, and Carlo has also scored 9 minutes and 1 second even with the tires worn at the end of the race. It may be a good idea to enter the 8 minute range, and it is also a good trend that the fuel efficiency is 3 to 4% better than last year.The ECU software has been replaced and various controls have become possible. Although it is common, I think that the cornering speed has increased, and that the degree of deceleration by the brake has also been affected.If the deceleration is small, the full acceleration at the corner exit can be reduced, which also protects the brake There are also more options in the field of operation, it may also be reducing the air resistance due to the indigo skin, it may seem like a good thing at first glance, but there is something missing between them I checked carefully to see if there were any points, so I was able to find out the wear of the bolts and was able to think of various ideas for setting minor modifications. It can be said that it was very meaningful in the sense of being



At Race Week starting on the 17th, there will be a car inspection on the 18th (Tuesday), but this is considered to be unlikely to indicate a problem as it passes during the qualifying race. The driver's check-in starts on the 19th (Wed), and there is a driving session from the 20th (Thu). After the free practice run, the first qualifying session will be held from 20:30 to 3 hours on the same day. Depending on the weather, it can be said that it is a good time to get the best time because the road surface is cold at night. However, at this time in Germany, sunset should be late, and probably it should be possible to drive in daylight until about 22:00. The second qualifying round will take place on Friday 21st (Friday), but it is expected that set-up checks for the final race will be conducted at this time for each team. On the 22nd (Saturday) of the race day, there is a warm-up run in the morning, and grid alignment starts at 13:30, following the formation lap at 15:20, and the 24 hour final at 15:30 The race starts. There is a 7 hour gap between Germany and Japan, and the start of the race will be 22:30 JST. From Race Week, this motor sports magazine will deliver a detailed report from the field, and will deliver hourly reports every hour during the race.

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Here we go boys, countdown and live-stream is here

24th Nureburg Link Race Week began on Tuesday, 18th June. After maintenance in the garage in the city of Adenau, the SUBARU / STI team moved to Paddock. The temperature of this year's Nyuru is high, and up to 31 ° C today, is the same level of steamy heat as Japan? Eight SUBARU dealer mechanics are used to the local environment and work hard. Drivers will enter the circuit tomorrow and will check in. We will also report the situation in this report. Nice to meet you.



On Tuesday, 18th June, SUBARU WRX STI passed the official car inspection at night. On that day, more than 100 race cars rushed to the car inspection ground in the Grand Prix circuit at the same time, and the queue waiting for inspection became a heavy traffic jam. The SUBARU / STI team had been preparing for the first afternoon of this day, but once the traffic was not cleared, they left the line. In the garage tent, priority was given to the work training of the dealer mechanic. However, the line waiting for inspection did not progress so well, and it was around 21:00 when the WRX STI returned to the line again passed the inspection line. However, since the car inspection was passed at QF race, there was no repair indication and the first barrier of Race Week cleared without difficulty.

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June 19 Hideaki Yamauchi and Takuto Iguchi, who entered Frankfurt with Narita from the Narita Airport on the previous day, and Carlo Van Damam from their hometown of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and their own car SUBARU BRZ for 550 km from Munich After passing through Nurem Tim Schlick's face-to-face match for the first time in a month since the QF race, we have checked in. Registration is complete once you have checked the certificates of participation, documents such as licenses, equipments such as racing suits, shoes, helmets and HANS. The machines, teams and drivers are all in place for the free practice session which will start tomorrow afternoon. Today, a little light rained for a moment, but it was almost fine and the temperature was about 27 degrees. However, the official qualifying for tomorrow evening is a forecast of rain.



A driving session will start from today on Thursday, June 20. Before the first session of the free practice, four SUBARU drivers, eight SUBARU dealer mechanics, general director Eiji Tatsumi, and team director Takuya Sawada gathered to commemorate the photo shoot. Clouds covered the skies above the circuit this morning, and the temperature has changed to a slightly cooler condition since it cleared yesterday. Also, the weather forecast has been changing from afternoon to evening. Since the free practice is 1 hour 40 minutes from 13:20 to 15:00, it is likely to be in the middle of rainfall forecast. When asking the locals the weather in this very weird weather, the answer is "Everything can happen". Meanwhile, MSM coverage group will go out for shooting in the course.



Free practice from 1:20 pm on Thursday, June 20 starts approximately 30 minutes late. At the same time, black clouds developed from the west sky. While each car made one to three laps, it made more thunder and heavy rains. Soon, the rain became stronger and changed to downpour. All cars running on the course are slow driving and will return to the pit one after another. At this point, most cars should have been fitted with slick tires. The SUBARU / STI team first took part in the Grand Prix course, with Hideki Yamauchi on board, running a few laps on the Grand Prix course, and advancing the WRX STI to the full course. After making a lap with slick tires, he changed to Carlo Van Damme, but he was hit by a heavy rain shortly after he entered the north course. We got to the pit, but the session ended



Yamauchi, who ran the measurement lap for only one free practice run on Thursday, June 20, said, "When I was traveling on the GP course, I was completely dry, but when I entered the north course, the road surface got wet here and there. I wanted to check if I could touch the surface with the carousel, but I could not get it with the slow running vehicle, but I still changed the specifications this time from the feeling I ran through the GP course I decided to return the spring rate back to the QF race specifications and run the qualifying, but the condition is not stable, which is the feature of the Nur. I will try to find the best setting among them. " As of 17:00, it continues to rain, but it is forecast to rise before 20:00.



The first qualifying round was held on Thursday, June 20, and the SUBARU WRX STI finished 52nd overall in the SP3T class top. The best lap time was 9: 13: 640 recorded by Van Damme. By 20:30 when the qualifying round was started, the rain had risen as predicted, and the road surface gradually changed to dry. However, yellow caution is given everywhere during the session, and ideal road conditions are not met during daylight. The SUBARU / STI team qualified in the order of Yamauchi, Iguchi, Van Damm and Schlick, and a night session was held. Also during this time, the 4 SUBARU drivers will repeat habituation while taking turns. Attach the grille incorporating the additional light at the end of the session and finish the light check. I finished driving without waiting for the end of the session at 23:30.



Carlo Van Damam, who put out the best lap time for SUBARU WRX STI in the first qualifying round on Thursday, June 20 and pushed it to the top of the SP3T class, looked back on the qualifying. "I was in the third team's run order in qualifying, so it was an attack lap when the team who avoided the first half of the GT3 group who aimed at the top Qualification had a shame, so the traffic would not be completely clear. However, fortunately, I was able to run on a circuit in which the road surface was completely dry and not double yellow in daylight, and I lost 6 to 7 seconds in traffic, but I think it was a generally satisfactory circuit. It's definitely faster than ever, but there's still room for improvement, so we need to make some adjustments (for the second qualifying round).



Qualifiying results

Cls Pos No. Machine Driver Laps Time
1 52 88 SUBARU WRX STI van Dam / Schrick / Yamauchi / Iguchi Ten 9m 13s 640ms
2 65 89 VW Golf VII GTI Preisig / Schreiner / Assmann 6 9m 27s 54ms
3 87 93 Audi RS3 Bock / Partl / J. Nett / A. Nett Ten 9m 51s 89ms
Four 95 95 Audi RS3 Haener / Hewer / Speich / Waschkau 8 9m 55s 393ms
Five 100 94 Opel Astra Schmit / Eichhorn / Hundenborn / Strycek 10m 1s 445ms
6 111 92 VW Golf VI GTI Rabensteiner / Stein / Meurer / Braun 8 10m 11s 6ms
7 114 96 VW Golf VI GTI Knut / Wulf / Garrn / Dr. Lohn 9 10m 15s 535ms
8 128 91 VW Golf 7 GTI Schmidt / Lammering / Handrick / Drinkwater 10m 30s 895ms

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Lots of great coverage on various facebook pages already!

Tim Schrick posts a lot of video clips and pics as well.
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Almost in the 8's!




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9:01 is flying, i think we'll see mid 8:50's, maybe even low 8:50s if the conditions permit. Did they change anything about speed restrictions on the straight for this year?
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At about the 2:45 point of the race Schrick was bumped off the road by a dive bombing GT3 car. Hasn’t pitted and pace seems to be good. Scary how quick things could go south. Listen to the in car stream with the sound up. He yelled when he was bumped and he just shouted again at a slower car that wouldn’t yield. It’s entertaining.
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Awesome!!!
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