Super GT’s silly season, or “Hot Stove League”, is back. Most of the information in this piece comes from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine, volume 1495, available in digital format now and in print 14 December.
This edition breaks down the potential changes to the GT500 driver fleets for Honda, Toyota (Lexus), and Nissan as the 2019 season approaches.
DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.
Continue reading Super GT Hot Stove League: The November 30 Edition
In a dramatic first act of the 2018 Pirelli Super Taikyu Series at Suzuka Circuit, it was the #99 Y’s Distraction GTNET Nissan GT-R of Teruhiko Hamano, Kazuki Hoshino, and Kiyoto Fujinami that took the overall and ST-X class victory after 5 hours and 133 laps of racing on Sunday.
The win came following a drive-through penalty assessed to the #24 ThreeBond Nissan Gakuen GT-R of Yuudai Uchida, Tomonobu Fujii, and Kazuki Hiramine for a collision with the Y’s Distraction GT-R in the last 90 minutes of the race, relegating the polesitters to second in a Nissan 1-2 finish to kick off the Pirelli era in Super Taikyu.
Continue reading GTNET Motor Sports win action-packed Super Taikyu opener at Suzuka
The Autobacs Super GT Series has been featured in Sony’s multi-million selling Gran Turismo franchise for two decades, with the exposure of their most popular cars owing to the growth in popularity in Super GT outside of Japan.
And for months since it was released, the latest installment of the series, Gran Turismo SPORT for the Playstation 4, has been beckoning for the return of contemporary GT500 cars that have been a staple of the franchise.
On Tuesday, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital confirmed that the 2016 Lexus RC F GT500, the 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500, and the 2016 Honda NSX Concept-GT will be added to the game for free as part of the Version 1.15 update which will be available starting tomorrow, 29 March 2018.
Continue reading Super GT arrives in Gran Turismo Sport update
Since its introduction in 2014, the Nippon Race Engine (NRE) formula, the two-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engines that power every car in the Autobacs Super GT Series’ GT500 class, have been a roaring success – reliable, efficient, and powerful beyond comprehension.
This generation of GT500 cars is already the fastest in Super GT history, thanks in large part to the new engine formula, combined with the ever-escalating tyre war between Bridgestone, Michelin, Yokohama, and Dunlop.
But believe it or not, a new breakthrough in the engine development battle between Honda, Nissan, and Toyota could result in even more record-breaking performances and higher speeds from the fastest GT race cars on earth: The introduction of Turbulent Jet Injection, or TJI, which was a breakthrough in Formula 1 engine technology in 2014 – and has now made its way into GT500.
Continue reading Turbulent Jet Ignition: The next stage in GT500 engine development