Now is as good a time as any to remember when the McLaren F1 went to Japan in 1996 and ran the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship. Unsurprisingly, it cleaned up.
This is a 2006 Nissan 350Z that raced in the top GT500 rung of Japan’s SUPER GT touring car series. It’s like a regular 350Z, only completely different.
For years, us Americans dreamed of all-wheel drive Nissan Skyline GT-Rs, cars that we’d only see in Gran Turismo, banned from our roads. But now that more and more Skylines are legal under the 25-year import rule, we’re getting more and more of these things, including the non-AWD models.
Here’s an embarrassing personal detail: despite being an automotive writer, until very recently, I had never watched a race live. I know, that’s like a penguin saying they’ve never been to Antarctica. I’ve done a few track events with some spirited driving on display, but it’s not quite the same as full-on racing. But…
If you’re a night owl on the East Coast—or anywhere near that time zone—the first round of the Super GT season at Okayama International Circuit in Japan starts at 1:30 a.m. ET. It’ll be broadcast via a free YouTube live stream that features English commentary, so go nuts.
You’ve done Halloween. You’re home if you have kids, or run out of candy/booze/stuff to break/scary movies/the ability to yell “WOOOOO!”/paintballs/toilet paper/explosives if you did the party thing. Not tired yet? Need to do something with that sugar overload? Tell us: what are you up watching?
If you thought you could go to bed after the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas wrapped up, HA! Ha HA! No. There’s always something to watch, and if the last thirty minutes of that World Endurance Championship race made you all hopped up on coffee and “what the crap was that?” — why not watch more racing?
Up extra late? There’s some Super GT racing going on at Suzuka right now, complete with full English commentary running. They’re about a third of the way in right now, but in case you missed the start—watching insanely modified Japanese race cars have at it is clearly worth losing some sleep over.
One of the most awesome series in Japan is set to run Round 4 at Fuji Speedway at 1:40 a.m. EDT with full English commentary provided by Radio Le Mans (does that crew ever sleep?) and the folks at Nismo.tv. Here’s the live stream. Why snooze when you can watch more racing instead?
Honda has been racing the NSX for about ten thousand years in SUPER GT and the associated paint schemes have been legendary.
Everyone has those "Initial D" fantasies of touge domination, only the fact that it's highly, highly illegal to race on public roads gets in the way. Motorhead Magazine shut down approximately five miles of the Mazda Turnpike up Hagone Mountain to whet that appetite legally. Turn up the volume, and enjoy.
NASCAR has recently announced its new rule package for 2015, which - among many - includes rain tires and all sorts of accessories to be deployed in case of wet conditions at road courses. Sounds great on the surface, but the ultimate question is: why?
You may be asking yourself, "where is Porsche9146?" Well, Fred has been kidnapped by all the drivers who have name searched him on Twitter; they are currently interrogating him to find answers on how they can dance while the Earth is turning, and how they can sleep while their beds are burning. Until they figure that…
Unless you are reading this from Japan or are a big Super GT fan, Autopolis may well be the best track you’ve never heard of. Ironically, the reason for its failure to achieve international fame is also what makes it so special.
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) today unveiled the new-for-2014 rules' compliant GT500-class spec SUPER GT machine, the "Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500.”
The leading Zent SC430 spins (or gets help spinning) on lap 71 of 80. The two HSV-010s then sandwich another SC430, sending the HSVs into the grass and severely banging up the front of the remaining Lexus.
Not happy with the Volt getting all the burning-hybrid headlines, the new Toyota Prius race car caught fire on Sunday during Super GT testing in Okayama, Japan.
In its 2008 debut season, the NISMO GTR finished one-two in the first two Super GT races. It was the first time such a dominant opening performance had been seen in ten years. The previous car to do it? A NISMO Skyline GTR, of course.