“Scenario for the Record Run” The Story of the Man Who Challenged the World’s Max Speed with a Fully Tuned FC3S / Part 2 [DANDY x FC3S the Max Speed Throne Capture Plan 2010]
Published : 2019/10/03 15:39 Modified : 2019/10/04 13:54
Moving on to the long course
Aim to renew Racing Beat’s record with a 2-year plan!
Day 4 (8/17 Tue.)
Stepping up with bold, yet sophisticated driving
As soon as the FC3S was on the track, they wanted to “graduate” from the short course quickly and advance to the long course, where it could unleash its true performance. There was no time to waste in obtaining the B license.
On this day, they added 14L of gasoline, and they began their vigorous attack from the early morning. On the first run, the engine stalled five times upon start-up. We thought that the officials might request them to leave the course, but thankfully the FC3S was finally up and running.
With his driving finesse, they acquired the D License and without a break, the challenge towards the C License had begun. Up until now, his attacks on the two courses were completed in third gear, but henceforth, fourth gear was required.
Rei explained, “Shifting at 8700 rpm from third to fourth causes the engine to drop out of the power band. Though that can be recovered in the 2 to 2.5 mile leg, there’s a dire need for at least 9000 rpm in order to get rid of the lousy acceleration. Since engine capacity is plenty and behavior is stable, I think that it is possible to smoothly go up to 62.137 mph… 217.48 mph.”
Although, at half boost, unfavorable symptoms like the tail being shaken had arose. Thus, before the B License attack, they tightened the damping force of the rear by three clicks. If the tail still continued to sway, they would increase weight by adding a genuine gas tank filled with water.
On the other hand, Tanaka shared, “Speed calculations are perfect. Water temperature is steady at 92 degrees, air/fuel ratio transitions with no issues from 10.8 to 11.2 at 8700 rpm. Boost pressure is around 0.5 to 0.6 kg, so the flow seems smooth. Now we’ll just have to see how long the second-hand genuine transmission will hold up for us. Besides that, I’m not really worried.” The FC3S ran smoothly as though it was trying to compensate for the two-day delay.
In pursuit of the long course, only one obstacle laid ahead of them–the B License. Except for adjusting the damping force of the rear damper, there were so far no other parts that have been reworked, and clearly, the engine was highly complete, including the CP settings.
Engine revs were set at 9000 rpm for shift changes, with the intention of making this the final short course attack.
“Since the engine revs will lower to 5500 rpm, it will still be 500 rpm below the power band. And that’s where we’re going to gas it. Wait for the supercharge, then control with accelerator when the boost kicks in. Recovery will take a little time, but it’s the perfect opportunity for me to cool down and calmly proceed,” Rei said. Both the car and driver appeared to drive smoothly, and they successfully acquired the B License. They obtained their ticket to the long course, markedly without any hiccups.
As such, if they could surpass Racing Beat’s record on the following day, they would be able to renew the class record with a record run challenge on the next. Tanaka expressed, “It’s going so well that I don’t really know what to say… Honestly, I’m happy. We were concerned about the air/fuel ratio, but it seems like there aren’t any problems.”
That day, after smoothly acquiring the B License with three attacks, he returned to the pit to drain the remaining gasoline in the fuel tank. What did this signify? This particular action was in fact deeply connected to Tanaka’s idealized scenario.
■ATTACK for D License
■ATTACK for C License
■ATTACK for B License
●PHOTO: Katsuyoshi KOBAYASHI/TEXT: Kentaro HIROSHIMA
[DANDY x FC3S the Max Speed Throne Capture Plan 2010]
● “Year 2 of the Battle Begins” The Story of the Man Who Challenged the World’s Max Speed with a Fully Tuned FC3S / Part 1
[DANDY x FC3S the Max Speed Throne Capture Plan 2009]
● “Everything About Bonneville Speed Week” The Story of the Man Who Challenged the World’s Max Speed with a Fully Tuned FC3S / Prologue
● “Defeat Racing Beat’s RX-7!” The Story of the Man Who Challenged the World’s Max Speed with a Fully Tuned FC3S / Part 1
● “The Over 200 MPH Battle” The Story of the Man Who Challenged the World’s Max Speed with a Fully Tuned FC3S / Part 2
● “The Bonneville Charm” The Story of the Man Who Challenged the World’s Max Speed with a Fully Tuned FC3S / Epilogue