Just like the name it was given, the Time Attack Machines are built for one specific purpose: to go around a certain circuit/course in the fastest way possible. Stripped off all its unnecessary trims and given the wildest modification a car could ever get, the Time Attack Machines have always been one of the main attractions to TIMETOATTACK not only for its radical looks, but also for the immense speed these beast carry around Sepang International Circuit.
One of the favourite platforms among tuners in building a cheap yet packing-a-punch time attack machine would definitely be any of the Honda Civic 2-door variant. Being light and extremely agile, the addition of a proper motor under the hood gives the Civic an edge from its competitors. This was demonstrated by Kenneth Tay as he managed to lap Sepang in a Civic EK in just 2:48.085, giving him the third place in the Time Attack Machine Below 2.0 category.
Although Kegani Racing’s Toyota Celica driven by Kenny Lee was able to snatch the second place with a timing of 2:44.130, Keifli Othman restored the faith on the Honda machines by a mile. Armed with a Civic EG, he was practically untouchable in the Fast Autoworks time attacker as he took the win with a blisteringly-fast lap time of 2:29.057.
But the show was just getting started as over in the Above 2.0 category, more hardcore time attack machines were eagerly waiting their turn to show what they are really made of. Although this is the first time we are seeing this car at TIMETOATTACK, Fuchs Edge Racing’s Subaru WRX STi did very well as a new comer. With Ken Hooi behind the wheels, they managed to make it onto the podium with a 2:38.469.
Mark Darwin came in with a turbocharged Civic EK, and instantly we knew that this was going to be something special. It was indeed as the gap between him and the third place was almost 11 seconds as he proudly stands in the second place with a 2:27.796.
But the champion to this wild category has got to be one of our favourites. Simply one of the best looking machines in TIMETOATTACK, the yellow Evo IX from ST Powered was not only a head turner, but also a fully-functioning time attack machine. Couple up with the capable Desmond Soh in the driver’s seat, the 2:22.714 set by this machine is simply an amazing feat.
But as much as we would like to believe that the time attack machines are the kings at TIMETOATTACK, the GT-Rs however are proving otherwise. Ling Ken Ji managed to clock a 2:29.697 in his newly-configured Goldmember and Lai Wee Sing with his low profile GT-R, 2:23.525. All of those are already in the range of time attack machines’ timing, but the Godzillas are not done yet.
LHB Motorsport’s GT-R looks completely evil, and surprises us a lot to know that it is still a street legal machine. But that was yet the top of the iceberg as Aloysius Lek took the wild beast for a spin around Sepang Circuit and clocked an uber-fast time of 2:21.602. This had not only put him as the Fastest Man of the Day, but also allowed him to topple the previous record to grab the Fastest Man of 2013.
Congratulations to Aloysius Lek and LHB Motorsports for the impressive achievement!
Time Attack Machine Below 2.0
- Keifli Othman – Honda Civic EG – 2:29.057
- Kenny Lee – Toyota Celica – 2:44.130
- Kenneth Tay – Honda Civic EK – 2:46.085
Time Attack Machine Above 2.0
- Desmond Soh – Mitsubishi Evo IX – 2:22.714
- Mark Darwin – Honda Civic EK Turbo – 2:27.796
- Ken Hooi – Subaru WRX STi – 2:38.469
- Aloysius Lek – GT-R – 2:21.602
- Lai Wee Sing – GT-R – 2:23.525
- Ling Ken Ji – GT-R – 2:29.697