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Some tuning parts companies took part in JGTC.

Aug 9, 2011

Super GT race is very popular touring car race in Japan. Honda HSV-010 (Can I say HSV is 2nd gen of NSX?), Nissan GT-R, Lexus SC430, Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru Legacy, Lexus IS, Porsche 911, Ferarri 430, Corvette, Aston Martin Vantage and more all take part in Super GT race now. Toyota Corolla sedan is familiar car in Japan and USA, which is also not expensive car, too. Super GT Corolla looks different than street Corolla car and it’s hard to find stock parts from Super GT Corolla. Nissan GT-R, Lexus SC and IS Super GT race car is also totally different from the street version. Some of Super GT race car drivers say Super GT race cars are almost like Formula car and need Formula car driving skill for driving Super GT race car. I saw the Super GT race cars a few times at the race track and Tokyo Auto Salon, and the position of the coilovers on Super GT race cars are almost same as Formula cars. Nissan GT-R Super GT race car has V8 NA (non-turbo) motor, which makes over 450hp; Corolla Super GT race car has V6 NA motor which make over 300hp; and Lexus IS Super GT race car has V8 NA motor which makes over 300hp. Their engine is different from the street version and Super GT Corolla and Lexus IS has its engine on the rear, that is mid-ship rear wheel drive configuration, which is same layout as Toyota MR2.

Super GT race was called JGTC (Japan Grand Touring Car Championship) before 2005. JGTC race cars are made from stock bodies and to put some body kits on is JGTC style. Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) JGTC race car in 1993 was customized as a Group A touring racing car. GT-R (R32, R33), Supra, 300ZX, Silvia (S13, S14), RX-7 (FC, FD), Miata (which had RX7 motor), Mitsubishi Mirage, AE86 Corolla, Celica, and Toyota Cavalier took part in JGTC race. Yes, I said “TOYOTA Cavalier”. I didn’t make a mistake. In 1997, Toyota had a relationship with GM for selling Chevrolet Cavalier in Japan. Toyota Cavalier had Toyota emblem on the hood.

Some tuning parts companies took part in JGTC. Blitz built a Supra GT race car. JUN AUTO built R32 Skyline GT-R GT race car, which had SR20DET motor. HKS built Mercedes-Benz CLK GT race car. I like JGTC race because I could see many kinds of cars at the race and most of GT race cars were stock body and had body kits. But present Super GT race car is totally different than street cars. Some car magazines say Super GT race car’s development fee is very expensive and the costs are going higher every year. Super GT is always trying to make the race better though. One of their ideas is that the regulation of Super GT race will change and that will be same as the touring car race in Germany (DTM). If you had Toyota Corolla and saw Super GT Corolla at the race track, do you think you can customize Super GT Corolla race car if you had the money? I guess that’s one point for making good Super GT races for future.




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