December 1, 2023

Matsukura takes on Velodrome with 120kph lap

Multiple World Champion Naoto Matsukura took on something a bit different recently when he ran a 120kph average lap of the Komatsushima Velodrome in Shikoku, Japan, with his Infinity IF14 Electric Touring Car thanks to his electrics sponsor ORCA.  Pro-Spec owner Kenji Hosoda arranged the event with the banked cycling track owners as a test event with a view running regular RC events in the future.  With the country having more than 40 tracks, which are normally used for Keirin cycling races, there is big potential for RC speed events.  A 400-metre track, and using a 3.5 turn motor with a 200A ORCA ESC for power, Matsukura completed his single flying lap of the heavily banked track in 12.1 seconds.  Like Keirin racing, he was led out on his first lap by a Toyota Supra bodied pace car complete with flashing roof lights before making his speed attempt on lap 2.  Matsukura will be sharing the experience shortly on his YouTube channel.

Images: Kenji Hosoda


If you republish any elements from this page on another website, including text, original pictures or results please be sure to add a link back to this page as the source: