Encounter: HKS CT230R-NGV EVO

It’s a bit crazy to think that the car you’re looking at used to be the iconic HKS CT230R EVO – the one that used to be wrapped in red HIPERMAX vinyl (and just bare carbon before that).  The same car that ran TC2000 in a staggering 53.5 and was subsequently shipped to the US to destroy the Buttonwillow record (1’48.5).  That’s right; cue the ‘pour one out for your homies’ soundtrack of your choice, because this car is now powered by natural gas.

 

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To be honest, I’m not sure what HKS had in mind as far as an end game went for the car.  I remember seeing it in 2013 at the Minkara Meeting parked in a corner with some other HKS cars, but didn’t think much of it…to be honest I didn’t recognize it as the same iconic chassis.  My guess is that the car was retired and they used it as a platform to develop new technology – as is the case for how quite a few developments come into place in the motor sport world.  I know there are a handful of diesel applications that this tech applies to already.

 

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I can imagine the fans of cleaner burning engines are all about it!  Unfortunately though, I didn’t catch what time it ran around Fuji, or rather, if it was able to lap at limit anyway.

 

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