Wasted Warhead - 1992 HKS-Lola T91-50 Test Mule

Hasegawa-san dreamed of building the ultimate racing engine, but found the environment at Yamaha too constrictive. Helped by funding from tuning pioneers Sigma Automotive, he was able to start a business of his own to fabricate the engines and performance parts major manufacturers could not or would not produce themselves.

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Mighty Mouse - 1983 Nissan Pulsar EXA Turbo Group C

While filling out the car’s homologation papers, CAMS officials made a small typo which would do wonders for the project. Instead of entering T02, they filled in a certain box with T03. This denoted the specific type of Garrett turbocharger allowed on the car. Thanks to the typo, that turbine was now a damn sight bigger than it normally would have been.

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Stealth Bombed - 1983 Tyrrell 012 Cosworth "Boomerang"

Luckily, Maurice Philippe had just that in mind. In order to give Tyrrell an aerodynamic advantage, he not only though out of the box, he stomped on it and threw it in the trash. Realizing a conventional wing could only do so much with the maximum width given by the FIA, he set out to maximize the surface area within the available space.

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Carbon Conqueror - 2013 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D GX

To this end, Mazda elected revamp an existing campaign. Through race engineering firm SpeedSource, the company had been running a 20B-powered version of the RX-8 in the Rolex Sports Car Series, the premier category sanctioned by the Grand Am Road Racing Association. For 2013, Grand Am added the Grand eXperimental class, a category intended to showcase alternative drivetrain technologies in the traditionally V8-dominated series.

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Class Warfare - 1993 Opel Calibra V6 4x4 DTM

Hoping to steal the Italian’s thunder, Opel employed the services of multiple Le Mans winning team Joest Racing. Joest was tasked with the development and running of the ambitious project, ensuring a professional and methodical approach to Opel’s biggest racing effort yet.

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Twisted Torque - 1969 Matra MS84 4WD Cosworth

At Matra, designer Bernard Boyer reached the same conclusion. Under his direction, work started on a four wheel drive development of the concurrent MS80. In order to get a head start, Boyer contracted Ferguson itself to develop the car’s drivetrain. The biggest issue with creating the innovative machine was the position of the engine.

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Awful Aftertaste - 1998 Bitter GT1

Owing to the much larger V10, the car’s chassis had to be stretched substantially. This coincided with Hezeman’s plans for the body, which would sport larger front and rear sections in order to generate more downforce. Lotus designer Martin Ogilvie was drafted in for a few days to realize this concept in a more professional manner.

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King Wrong - 1975 Ford Gran Torino NASCAR

The car’s undeniable star power raised expectations, but the team swiftly found out the Torino didn’t exactly take kindly to the French countryside. As expected, the car was right at home on the 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) long Mulsanne straight, but found itself agitated on any section of track even slightly twistier than that.

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