City Car Turned Racer: A K4-GP Honda Today – Speedhunters (blog)

There’s a race at Fuji Speedway held at the start of each year that I’ve been wanting to inspect out forever. Every automobile guy I already know raves concerning exactly how much enjoyable the K4 Grand Prix (K4-GP) is, which isn’t actually surprising provided it’s an stamina collection catering to the smallest equipments in the Japanese Domestic Market.

Yep, a race collection exclusively for Kei cars.
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I’ll get hold of to it eventually I’m sure, however at the recent Track & Show event, I was happy to come across a Honda Today built specifically for this sort of race. And there are several such competitions run throughout the country. Japanese auto manufacturers have actually been making these pint-sized cars due to the fact that the ’50s, and they make a wonderful little base for racing for those obtaining in to motorsport or wanting to compete on a limited budget.
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The cars themselves are the coolest section of course, and along along with comparably reduced operating costs you’ll frequently locate owners using interesting solutions to suggestions their Kei machines go that little bit quicker.
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There’s no shortage of industry support either, starting with wheels and tyres. This Today was operating Yokohama Advan A050s in a minuscule 165/55R14 size.
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The interior has actually been stripped out and stiffened up along with a rollcage, while all the windows except the front screen has replaced along with Lexan equivalents. The right rear adverse glass even had a NACA-design duct cut in and shaped from exactly what looked enjoy kitchen foil!
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It was all of finished off in a catchy satin bronze color.
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I asked the owner to see exactly what he had done to the operating gear and was rather surprised at exactly how flexible the FRP bonnet was. To save a little much more weight he’d removed the entire frame.
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Of course, the little 3-cylinder 12-valve engine powering the Today can’t be placing out even more compared to 65hp, so it’s more about weight reduction elsewhere (the windows for example) for increasing performance about a challenging Monitor enjoy Fuji’s Short Course.
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Check out the chunky race radiator and the home-gained oil catch can easily fabricated from diamond plate aluminium sheet.
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On top of upgraded ignition leads there was likewise a section of flexible tubing channeling cool air to the intake.
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As you may expect though, the essential adjustments are gained in the suspension department, and in that location the Today is dropped on right adjustable dampers and further enhanced with upgraded links and sway bars.

It may not have actually been the fastest car circling Fuji Speedway on this particular day, however the owner had a big smile on his face, so the enjoyable factor was surely high.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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