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SuperGT 2010: Suzuka Preseason Testing

January 20, 2010 Comments off

SuperGT teams competing in the 2010 championship were given an opportunity to stretch their legs in their 2010 spec cars at Suzuka circuit.

While the HSV-10 was out and about getting all the attention, the GT-R teams are slipping some slight body updates under the radar.

The front fenders are standardizing on the waved single piece design which debuted late in 2009 season on the IMPUL and ADVAN cars. This was never adopted by the Nismo team during the 2009 season but they look to have made the move now.

The rest of the car seems much unchanged except for the return to being car #23 instead of running the championship winner #1 tag.

Should be a very interesting season up against Honda! We’ll keep you guys updated as we have for the past seasons!

Update: We found some updated timing direct from Suzuka circuit. The quickest cars on the track were the 5 Lexus SC430s that ran as quick as 1:53.14 seconds (Petronas Tom’s #1).

Interestingly, Nismo also ran the FIA GT-1 spec Nissan GT-R at Suzuka with Michael Krumm driving. Comparing laptimes between the two reveals just how important the downforce on the GT500 cars really is. The 600hp GT1 car only managing a 2:01:132 behind the 500hp Nismo GT500 car’s 1:54.787.

Source: SuperGT via 7tune.com

SuperGT: GT-R’s Biggest Threat in 2010? Honda’s NSX Replacement Spotted

December 28, 2009 Comments off

SuperGT 2009 is over and with it is the long career of the GT500 Honda NSX that was a staple of the series for so long. In it’s place, Honda have ressurected the cancelled NSX replacement, and sought a rule exemption to do so, for the 2010 season.

The GT500 class HSV-10 GT will debut in the first race of 2010 but was captured here testing at Suzuka circuit in Japan.

It certainly looks like Honda are well into the development on this car and that it’s an attractive beast. Should be an exciting season opener in March 2010 as the GT-R fights off the newcomer!

Videos of the testing at the link below…

Source: Motors Blog