LS-powered heavyweight vs. all-wheel-drive lightweight | #FastFriday

By Colin Wood
Apr 2, 2022 | Infiniti, Mitsubishi, UTCC, #FastFriday, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, G35, Evolution II

How do you prefer your track machine? A heavy hitter with a powerful engine or something nimbler and more lightweight?

This week’s selected entries to the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports feature both, in the form of an LS-powered Infinti G35 and an early JDM Mitsubishi Evo.

What is the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s our annual no-holds-barred track competition. The only rule is that car and driver must pass a NASA safety inspection.

When we last saw Kevin Parlett’s 2005 Infiniti G35 in the UTCC, it sported a turbocharged V6 engine. Now, though, it’s pushing out 500 horsepower from an LS3. The car’s greatest strength? According to Parlett, it’s sheer reliability.

Emre Kayaalp, a first-time UTCC competitor, is bringing a 1994 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II. While 292 horsepower may not seem like much, the car has only 2950 pounds to motivate, and Kayaalp hopes the well-balanced setup will offer an advantage on track.

View these cars, along with the rest of the field, on the UTCC website. If you think you have what it takes to win, enter your car here.

The 2022 UTCC returns to Virginia International Raceway May 13-14 in the center of NASA’s HyperFest weekend.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Grassroots Motorsports in association with Wilwood EngineeringCRC IndustriesDeatschWerksHP TunersSPA Technique and Volkswagen, with trophies from BimmerWorldXS Power BatteriesSensor ConnectionTrack Advantage and Stifflers.


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