Japanese Super GT’s New Regulations Previewed on Toyota GT 86

For racing rookies, the Super GT series, or the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), is a grand touring racing series that began in 1993, pitting famous cars like the Toyota Supra, Honda NSX and Nissan GT-R against each other on Japanese race tracks like Fuji Speedway, Suzuka and Twin Ring Motegi. The championship rules will apparently change shortly, coming with a rather important new addition.
GT300 Toyota GT 86 with new structure 5 photos
Photo: Dome
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With increased costs in recent years, the Super GT organizers are considering a new common platform on which all the cars should roll. The new underpinnings suggest a carbon fiber tub-like center platform with integrated rollcage that will act as a cockpit and center pivot for the rest of the car’s construction.

This means that each team is still allowed to add on their engine, drivetrain and suspension as long as they stick with the GT500 and GT300 regulations that limit the power accordingly.

Japanese racecar builder Dome just showed the first images with the new platform being integrated into the structure of the Toyota GT 86, that will be used to race in the GT300 series. Detailed specs have not been revealed though.

Cool or uncool? Despite the new high tech approach, we consider this a bit sad, since the GT300 series was all about cars closely resembling to their road-going versions. With the new structure though, the series will now be another step closer to the all-cars-are-the-same-only-driving-matters DTM style, leaving less “space” for manufacturers to showcase their technology.
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