In 2006, a vehicle specific race featuring modified 350Zs called the Z CAR CHALLENGE was founded. Transforming into the new name, Z-MASTER MEETING in 2007, TOMEI decides to compete in the RS1 class of the Z-MASTER RACE. The vehicle of choice is the same used last year, the ENDLESS / TOMEI POWERED Z33 which had received no major changes; only an engine overhaul procedure and small adjustments.
TOMEI’s legendary #84 proudly displayed
Official practice begins.
After warming up, the vehicle enters the race track. The team waits for the machine to come soaring down the straight way, however, its taking longer than usual. The blue Z33 finally is spotted making its way back into the pits with white smoke clouding from under the hood. Aoki, the driver shouted out to the team that the power steering may be the cause. The mechanics rush to find out what the problem is. Apparently, the white smoke was caused by the power steering fluid like the driver said, spewing onto the hot exhaust components.
With the car being taken back to the pits, the engineers frantically search for the root of the spillage. Momentarily, it was found ou that a damaged pressure switch caused the fluid to leak. Time was ticking away and there were no spare parts for the component they desperately needed. The team decides to ask the other competitors to see if they might have any reasonable solutions. Soon after, they remember that there was a Tomei employee that was registered to race in the Z-MASTER RUN race which he brought his own vehicle. The only hope left was to borrow the part off of his vehicle. When the employee was approached, he gladly gave up his involvement in the race to sacrifice his component to our chassis.
The component was taken care of, the next problem was the power steering fluid. Noone had any extra and there was little time left. But after confirming with several engineers that ATF can also be used, we left the race track to look for any open auto parts stores. Since it was still early morning, none of the shops were open to our disappointment. Driving and searching, we came across a sign for a private vehicle emission and safety testing garage. There, after speaking with the manager, he sold us the ATF. The next mission was to return to the race before the qualifying.
The newest model ADVAN Neova tires were strapped on.
Car was ready to go. Thanks to the swift actions of the engineers, the vehicle makes it to qualifying without any further drawbacks. The time was satisfactory, with 1 minute 4.903 seconds racking in at 2nd place. The pole position was given to AMUSE’s time of 1 minute 4.577 seconds. They were pretty quick since their machine was made and tuned specifically for Tsukuba.
Aoki rockets out of the starting position, passing up the lead car and taking the pole position. The 1st turn was approached by using the outer radius of the turn.
AMUSE’s 350Z held an advantage by staying in the inside line. Both cars refused to hold back their spot.
There were some friendly nudges involved which resulted in the Tomei 350Z falling back to 2nd, having to chase the lead car. The race ensued with the Tomei vehicle right on AMUSE’s tail. An opportunity came up for Tomei at one corner to pass up the opponent, however it is very difficult to execute at Tsukuba.
The race ended with Tomei in 2nd position. However, since AMUSE had jumped the light at start, the win was given to Tomei. This is the 2nd continuous win for Tomei this season. It was clearly evident and we were thankful to find out that the other competitors were indeed using our products in their machines. The day ended very well, especially with another win under our belts.
The next scheduled race will be at the Ebisu Circuit on September 15th (sat). There will be various skill levels available to suit any type of Z enthusiast.
Check out Tomei’s involvement and support of the Z-MASTER MEETING! *Official website