Encounter: The Samurai Archives – Revolfe S.A. GTR33

The picture below cracks me up.  When I had started walking around the back portion of the garages at Fuji, I came across the Revolfe S.A./Kleer R33 Skyline that was competing once again in the Hiper Challenge at HKS Day.  I must have had my blinders on or something because I just walked up and started taking pictures of the car, and didn’t even notice Mizota-san standing in the back.  After I had taken this shot he came up to me all surprised.  Later as I was going through these photos I saw him in this one pointing right at me hahaha.

 

 

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He didn’t expect to see me there, but I think we were both happily surprised; I hadn’t seen him in quite some time.  Low key Mizota is a close inspiration to me and I hold the little time we spend together very important.  The topic of conversation soon switched the the GTR they built and their expectations for it this year.

 

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Overall, the exterior of the car hasn’t changed too much.  Do-Luck was commissioned on the build to take care of the exterior panels and aero.  A one-off carbon front bumper variant compliments the rest of the Do-Luck pieces, including a sort of fascia that compliments the rear, also made of carbon.

 

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A set of gloss black TE37 G2’s wrapped in fresh Advan rubber make up the four corners of the GTR.

 

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The interior is all business, with the only OEM peice reaming being the shell of the dashboard; everything else either replaced by carbon, or left in a glossy white coating.  An OMP flat bottom suede steering wheel allows the driver, Mr. Kobayashi Yukito, to comfortably guide the GTR around Fuji.

 

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Helping the rear stay planted is a set of integrated carbon canards, and a chassis mounted GT Wing that cuts straight through the trunk mounted drag wing – busy back here!

 

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While unable to put down a solid time last year, this year Yukito-san clocked a fast lap of 1’47.115 in the 4WD class.

 

 

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Early in the last session the car came in after it’s first lap out for the techs to make some quick adjustments.  Mizota-san looks unconcerned on the matter haha.

 

 

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The RB26 getting some breathing room…

 

 

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They didn’t end up going back out, so I’m thinking something a bit more serious was at play.  Anyway, glad to see that this year progress has been made!