If you want the fastest racing in the world, you need to look to the world of NASCAR, Formula 1, ALMS and of course the super fast drag racing machines. If you want the most exciting racing in the world, then Touring Cars are the first place you should head. They might be slower, but the competition is closer and there is always plenty of door to door, wheel banging excitement. Almost every country where there is competitive motorsport has it’s own national series, and in Japan that series is known as Super GT.
Started as JGTC in 1993 with the main goal being to create tight close racing without huge costs, the initial grids were made up of cars equivalent to GT 1 and GT 2 cars. However, as the price of the cars began to rise it was decided to switch to 2 door coupes balanced on power and weight to ensure close competition.The cars were split in to two classes, GT500 and GT300 (the top limits in terms of horse power for each group) and both compete on track at the same time, although points are awards separately.
Super GT500 is dominated by the big three Japanese car manufacturers – Honda, Nissan and Toyota – and the cars are allowed to be altered with other parts from the manufacturers range, such as engines from different models. The Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R is one of the most iconic of all Japanese GT cars, and several variants of the car have won the prestigious GT500 championship through the years. Seen here it’s in famous Calsonic livery, you’ll need a lot of blue to colour this one, or you could grab the blank template and see if you can recreate some of the other bright, eye catching Super GT liveries.