In my last post I mentioned wanting to know more about the Touge Factory car that won the Redline Time Attack race at Autobahn Country Club. Well, it took all of 10 seconds on google to find out a little about the Touge Factory car.
I really like the aero. It looks a little DTM like. And I love me some DTM. It’s too bad the rear diffuser couldn’t have a bit steeper angle to it, I think it would help them a bunch. But I realize it’s a ton more work to mold something around the differential than it is to just mount a flat plate. So I don’t blame them for keeping it where it is. They put up some pictures (my source for the pictures in this post) here
I am not a fan of the graphics. For company cars especially, I think they should have a creative way of displaying the company logo. I think the COBB cars are a great example of this. I never saw any wort hog or whatever that’s supposed to be on the Touge Factory logo. The graphics are eye-catching which is important. But they make me think of Stance coilovers more than they do Touge Factory. The graphics were designed by a place called Proper+. So yeah, boo to Proper+. Hell they can’t even decide on the proper (pun intended) way of writing their own name. On their website they show it as “PROPER+, Proper+, and proper+” On my350z.com, Touge Factory made a post claiming they did the graphics in-house. So Proper+ may be yet another branch of Touge Factory. Either that or one of them is lying about who did the work. And actually, the graphics turned out well, just misguided I think. And who knows what input each company had in the design. But the execution was done well, so I take back the “boo to Proper+”.
It appears that this car made its debut in Vegas at the Redline Time Attack race. And due to a split hub was unable to race. But they say they were running 1:40’s in practice on old tires and low boost. The overall winner ran a 1:39.657. So it sounds like they were right on pace if they would not have had mechanical issues. BTW, I have a long and storied history of mechanical issues with Vegas in my cars, and friend’s cars I have driven there.
At the Redline Time Attack race at Autobahn Country Club, Touge Factory got the overall win with a 1:27.791, for reference the COBB R35 GTR ran a 1:28.211 so 0.42 seconds slower with the 2nd fastest time of the day. BTW, the Touge Factory / Stance car was running in the Super Modified class while the COBB R35 GTR was running in Modified. You can read Redline’s official event recap here.
They seem to be a little tight-lipped on other details. Here is what they list for mods:
- Custom valved STANCE 3-way SS-D coilovers (they don’t say spring rates or list bar specs or bushing/bearings, etc.)
- Hankook C91 Racing Slicks (they don’t list the size)
- Brembo Monoblock 8 titanium piston brakes up front and monoblock 4 titanium piston rear brakes with CL Brake pads RC8 – custom for these calipers. (I assume they ran some ducting to help cool these)
- Aero by TFworks – Full carbon + Kevlar flat bottom (http://tf-works.com/ They do race car build stuff and are part of Touge Factory)
Car was making about 650whp on low boost (what boost is considered “low” and how much more power does if make on “high”?)
Overall, very cool car and obviously even with some gremlins still existing, it’s a great performing car as well. Good job Touge Factory, and good luck.