Following the introduction of the new Sort S-dependent NSX-GT with revised front aerodynamics, Honda goes into the 2022 season with the least straight line performance of the three GT500 brands, lagging equally the all-new Nissan Z and revised Toyota GR Supra in the velocity traps.
Having said that, Honda was even now in a position to put in a strong efficiency in the most the latest pre-period test at Fuji, with Nojiri putting up the second-fastest time on the next working day at the wheel of the #8 ARTA Honda.
Nojiri’s Honda GT500 stablemate Tadasuke Makino expressed concerns that the NSX-GT’s major velocity drawback could make it to overtake, even if he praised the car’s effectiveness as a whole.
But Nojiri believes that Honda demands to come across a way to exploit the “weapon” of greater cornering speed than its rivals, refusing to acknowledge that decreased leading speed automatically equates to much less general performance at Fuji.
“Ordinarily at Fuji, people are inclined to concentrate on that component [straight line speed],” Nojiri stated in an interview with Motorsport.com’s Japanese version. “Of class, you can by no means have as well a great deal. But it’s certainly not the case that only individuals with the best pace on the pit straight can qualify at the entrance.
“I believe how fast you are in the corners is surprisingly crucial. We never want to get caught in the entice of just chasing best speed.
“I heard the rumour that the Z was produced with the concentrate of cutting down drag, and that if the NSX crews can corner quick, it could be a drawback, but I consider it can also be our most significant weapon. I believe we have to alter our established-up strategically based mostly on this.”
Nojiri and ARTA teammate Nirei Fukuzumi finished as the prime Honda crew in the standings in 2021, scoring two wins but also struggling a number of challenges that value them precious details.
They included a penalty for ignoring a yellow flag in the Fuji 500km, a collection of penalties at Sugo that price tag the crew a close to-selected victory and a door coming unhinged in the course of the driver adjust in the Fuji year finale.
Though unsure of the place Honda stands in relation to its rivals, Nojiri suggests he needs to get his eighth time at ARTA, and his third alongside Fukuzumi, off to a profitable commence next 7 days at Okayama.
“I imagine how you improve your base established-up for qualifying will be the most critical,” said the 32-calendar year-old.
“Even if the foundation established-up falls limited of expectations, you have to prepare to bring it back again to the appropriate course, as the situations [compared to the pre-season test at Okayama] could be very distinct.
“Of class we purpose to get, but I believe how we can make the following phase following that is also vital. What we have to have to aim on the most is how to bring the best out of ourselves.”