The latest issue of auto sport Magazine will be released on July 22nd, featuring a preview of the Super GT’s “Summer Series” as its cover story – the three-race block of Sugo, the Fuji 300km, and the 45th International Suzuka 1000km.
There is also an interesting article about the current crop of GT300 cars, that attempts to determine which car has the best performance/price ratio.
The ranking includes nine of the thirteen current GT300 models, and grades them based on the cost to purchase, sector and lap times, top speed, qualifying results, and race results.
The new BMW M6 GT3 was rated the most cost-effective GT300 car of the bunch, at just under ¥900,000 per “AS Point” – the scoring unit that factors in the cars’ performance based on the above criteria. In the hands of BMW Team Studie and Autobacs Racing Team Aguri, the M6 has scored podium finishes in each of the first two rounds of the season – the only car to do so in GT300 this season.
A very close second is the Toyota 86 MC, built by Dome, which costs just around ¥8,000 more than the M6 per AS Point. The 86 MC has made tremendous strides in its second full season of duty. VivaC Team Samurai lie third in the championship, with a pole position and a podium finish already to their name. Team Upgarage with Bandoh have had a resurgent season, finishing a team-best fourth at Fuji in May.
Third place is the new Audi R8 LMS, at just a shade under ¥1,100,000 per AS Point. Audi Team Hitotsuyama have brought the new-gen R8 into the points in each of the first two races, while Team Taisan SARD parlayed the early acquisition of the car into a great run to get into the final phase of knockout qualifying for the Fuji 500km.
- BMW M6 GT3 – ¥895,818 per point
- Toyota 86 MC – ¥903,848 per point
- Audi R8 LMS – ¥1,093,117 per point
- Mercedes-AMG GT3 – ¥1,552,258 per point
- Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 – ¥1,594,202 per point
- Ferrari 488 GT3 – ¥1,743,802 per point
- Lamborghini Húracan GT3 – ¥1,838,571 per point
- Porsche 911 GT3-R ¥4,461,800 per point
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 – ¥4,954,444 per point
Costs for the Toyota Prius GT, Subaru BRZ, Mooncraft Lotus Evora MC, and Lexus RC-F GT3 were not disclosed, therefore these four models were not ranked.