The format is simple
To define Time Attack in its simplest form, it’s a bunch of purpose-built cars lapping the same track against the clock to see who’s the fastest. But it’s more interesting than that. Having nothing but the cruellest adversary of them all – the stopwatch – to compete against (a handy, reliable constant) filters out those pesky racing driver excuses. You are either the fastest car on the day, or you’re not. Simple. Chasing time also adds a significant spice and competitive streak, especially when there are virtually no limiting factors or regulations for top-tier cars. It allows engineering solutions to be pushed to the very limit. And, as you can see, this leads to some truly innovative and wild-looking racers. Plus lots of crashes.
As a starting point, let’s go through the formalities of a race. Don’t worry, it’s easy to get your head around as there’s no energy conversation or DRS zones to worry about here. Just think of it as a qualifying session. Each car goes out for a warm-up lap, then starts its flyer from a flat-out rolling start and into a full-blooded banzai lap. Fastest lap over sessions from the weekend wins. Told you it was simple.
Time Attack events began in Japan in the mid-1960s. But the rate of development in the sport has been insane. The technological leaps have been huge, and lap times have been tumbling. Since 2010, each year the World Time Attack Challenge is held at Sydney Motorsports Park, Australia, where the fastest Time Attack teams from around the planet put their metal to the test on one piece of tarmac to see who is the fastest of them all. That’s where we were bitten by the Time Attack bug. Now click on so you are too.
Words and Pictures: Rowan Horncastle