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Endurance Car Racing in Japan - 2014 Super Taikyu Round 4 Okayama

Endurance Car Racing in Japan - 2014 Super Taikyu Round 4 Okayama

The variety of motor sports in Japan is exciting for any car fan. As far as endurance racing goes the championship of Super Taikyu is pretty amazing. Six classes of competition run together for hundreds of kilometres. The races vary in length, the shortest round at two and a half hours and the longest at seven hours.

  • The fastest class is ST-X consisting of current spec FIA GT3 BMW Z4's, Audi R8 LMS Ultra's and Nissan GT-R Nismo.
  • The next level is ST-1 with a BMW Z4 and I.P.S. Kuruma.
  • The numbers of cars increase with ST-2 turbo all-wheel-drives consisting of Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX and X's and Subaru Impreza STi.
  • Naturally aspirated 2WD from 2001cc to 3500cc makes up the ST-3 class with Nissan Fairlady Z's and Lexus IS350's.
  • The biggest class in Super Taikyu is ST-4 with great diversity in the 1501cc to 2000cc cars consisting of Toyota 86's and Vitz, Honda S2000, Civic Type-R and Integra Type-R, Mazda Roadster, Fiat Abarth 695 and G-Tech Sportster GT/R.
  • Then the buzzing class of ST-5 under 1500cc consisting of Honda Fit, Mazda Demio and Toyota Vitz.

It really is amazing to see all these cars on the circuit at once. Their variation in speed is exciting. Nissan GT-RG Nismo GT3s with big power, aero and brakes carve the corners with Honda Civic Type-Rs. I can't imaging any driver getting a clean lap, either passing a slow class car or moving aside to allow the faster class cars through. This is a remarkable racing formula. Watch the video below and experience some pure engine sounds. 

BMW Z4 GT3Fiat 500 Abarth battling a Toyota 86Nissan GTR NISMO GT3 eating a Toyota YarisThree Bond Nissan GTR NISMO GT3C-West Lexus IS350Nissan GTR NISMO GT3 flying past a Toyota 86





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