The Hyper Meeting 2007 took place at the Tsukuba Circuit, which basically is an event solely dedicated to Subaru Imprezas and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions. There was plenty of action going on inside the venue from racing, many displays, and products for sale.
This is TOMEI's 3rd year participating in this event, and this time a sales booth near the 10 lap battle entry area was acquired. There, TOMEI continued to pass information and sell various products to the public.
It was no surprise that the majority of the products sold were applications to that of the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.
Amongst the spectators, most focused their attention on the EJ20 DERIVE PHASE 1 complete engine. This complete engine assembly is widely known for its extremely precise build up completed with careful consideration of the most ideal components. The result was a complete EJ engine that overcome all the tribulations that a stock unit currently suffers with. The tune mainly consists of improving the positive characteristics of the base engine as the foundation. The arise Impreza is equipped with this engine and by 1st person experience, words nor number can describe the pickup and response of this powertrain.
Mated with the engine are bolt-on camshafts (PONCAM) which brings high efficiency and outstanding turbine response and the 4 Throttle System that produces big power and overall response.
In addition, the 4G63 complete engine was on display along with the best selling EVO 9 camshafts (PONCAM) with the oil pan baffle & cutter combo (SLICING BAFFLE). Many spectators displayed an impression that they were very enthused about our future goods.
By experiencing many feedback from the show-goers, this proved that the Impreza/Lancer Evo popularity remains overwhelming in the industry. Their sincere support and positive gestures in regards to our products will surely push our company into producing more and more components that pleases the enthusiasts. Thank you all for attending and most of all, your support.
THE 10LAP BATTLE
The story of the day is the 10 lap battle. TOMEI decided to enter this race with assoiate collaboration with PROVA, in the arise Impreza. Three years of research and development has been poured into this machine, and everyone was anxious to witness the outcome.
The machine awaits for battle. The cockpit awaits its driver, Yoshida.
Yoshida arrives, ready for battle. Since Yoshida is a immensely popular character in the world of Subarus, there was only a short period of time left for a preliminary meeting. However, Tomei were confident that the machine will perform up to par, or even better than its competitors because of the many hours of research pertaining to the EJ engine for the 10 lap battle. With a significant amount of fate, the team firmly believed that the fully balanced tuned platform should not let them down. According to the previously acquired data, their creation should hold an advantage in this race. The other machines were only tested and built to perform at their peak as well, however, only for a single lap. Unlike TOMEI, their machines had hardly taken into consideration an overall balanced setup (power / performance / reliability) which gave them an advantage in these types of races. In order to stay ahead of the competition while still maintaining our tuning style, the Tomei R&D team struggled on how to stay ahead. After many trial and tribulations, Tomei had developed the completed EJ engine which this race will serve as its true test of potential as well as capability. Before the race, a bit of anxiety and confidence were present in the R&D team.
Off for a practice run. The Impreza enters the course, motivated not to fail.
After a few shake down laps, the machine comes back into the pit area for inspection. Nothing unusual from the outside.
The team checks with the driver about the basics once again. Everyone knows their duties and what must be accomplished here. The only thing they are after are a set of numbers that serves as results.
An anxious moment.
A moment before the race. The proving ground awaits the action. Very soon, this engine shall do what it was created for.
20 minutes before the race. The calm Yoshida jokes around to ease the nerves of the team. The vehicle enters the track, accompanied by Mr.K Final inspection on the starting grid. The machine is placed at the inside of the 2nd row. The popular Yoshida harly has any time to rest.
The race begins! Because of the traction loss during launch, the start was not optimal in comparison to the others. The machine enters the first turn in 2nd place. Soon after at the S turn, the vehicle lines up with the pole positioned car, and proceeds to pass him. TOMEI is now in first place at the 1st hairpin area. However, the car is involved in a collision before the Dunlop 80R turn. Yoshida points the vehicle into the pit area. Yoshida gestures to the team with his hands.
The crash did not seem to affect the vehicle so the team jumps back in the race after only missing 1 lap. While in the pit, the drivers surround Yoshida to see if he’s ok.
“You’re quick!” “Its no fun if you’re too quick”
The red flag is raised, and the race proceeds into the 2nd heat which was a 5 lap battle. Team TOMEI was once again placed at the inside 2nd row at the starting grid. Finally grasping the launching characteristics of the vehicle after a first failed attempt, Yoshida shoots the machine into the 1st rank. Following very closely behind was JUN’s Evo. JUN excelled at the straightways, however TOMEI held the advantage at the infield section. The intense battle ensues.
Yoshida managed to hold back JUN until the last lap, there is no way we can lose now. The team look on with full confidence of their creation, counting on the engine’s lively response and power that was designed specifically for this race. At the infiedl area, we hold the advantage, and this advantage is the key to winning this battle.
Final lap, final turn. Assured of victory, Yoshida waves on. The checkered flag appears.
The staff members engulf the pit area to the arise Impreza. Three years of hard work has finally taken the shape of the most prized object of every team’s desire.
Engine builder Mr.K Chassis engineer Mr. O
Every staff member proceeds to shake Yoshida’s hand in joy while modestly displaying appreciation. Every one at that spot wished that this moment would last forever. The sweet taste of victory.
The staff gather for a commemorative photo. The busiest of the staff members such as the engineers who hardly even have time to crack a smile, were ear to ear this day.