Suzuka Circuit, August 16: A milestone was reached today at Suzuka Circuit when all three manufacturers' new-for-2014 challengers were unveiled to the media and the public, ahead of demonstration runs of the cars on track. Apart from engines, the new cars share the same Technical Regulations as the DTM (Deutsche Tourwagen Masters) and are a marked departure from the current machines competing in SUPER GT.
Honda introduced an entirely new model, the NSX Concept GT, its bodywork closely resembling that of its DTM brethern; while the Lexus entry, the LF-CC, is based on a two-door coupe concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. While the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 features a deeply sculpted frontal area somewhat similar to the current car, the rest of the bodywork and the rear wing, identical on all three machines, indicate a complete change from the current rulebook.
The afternoon featured a photo session of all three cars, followed by on-track action from both the Honda and Nissan entries. The Lexus machine did not appear on track. All three cars completed their initial shakedown tests prior to the Suzuka announcement, and more testing is scheduled in the coming months.
Along with the new rules for 2014, the entirely new GT500 grid has created huge anticipation in what is sure to be a watershed moment for the series as it adopts international rules.