The next iteration of Autobacs Super GT Series GT500 machines will all be in action at Autopolis circuit, in a three-day public test session from Monday October 24 to Wednesday October 26.
In addition to the Lexus LC 500, which was revealed at the Suzuka 1000km in August, and the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500, first spotted in a September test session at Suzuka Circuit, this coming week’s test will see the first glimpse of the newest revision of the Honda NSX GT500.
This will also be the first major motorsports event at the Autopolis circuit since it re-opened on October 1st, after repairs to damages caused by the awful Kumamoto earthquakes of April.
Admission to the three-day test session will be just 500 yen for adults, with free admission for children (accompanied by a parent or guardian). However, sections of Autopolis will still be rendered “off limits” to the public as repair work to the facilities is still ongoing.
Super GT was due to host round three of the 2016 championship at Autopolis in May, but the event was later postponed and shifted to Twin Ring Motegi and made the first leg of the two-race Motegi GT Grand Final on November 11-13. Autopolis is set to return to the 2017 Super GT Series on May 20-21.
The second test for the 2017 GT500 vehicles promises a lot of intrigue. At the September tests in Suzuka, the Lexus LC 500 recorded an lap time of 1:47.336, according the September 23 issue of Auto Sport Magazine – which, despite drastic reductions in downforce, would be a new GT500 lap record at Suzuka Circuit.
It is also the first look at the new NSX, which hopes to revive the sour fortunes of Honda’s GT500 programme since the mid-engined supercar returned to GT500 in 2014. Honda have won just two races with the NSX Concept-GT, as they’ve struggled to find consistent pace, driveability, and reliability with the mid-engined car.
Both Nissan and Honda will reveal their new models “in full” at Motegi next month on the eve of the Grand Final.