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GT Revolution: The 2016 Super GT Thread

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by R.J. O'Connell, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. R.J. O'Connell

    R.J. O'Connell
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    The 2016 silly season for Super GT is well underway!

    Starting with the news that the Toyota Prius is back, and better than ever*, for 2016! The new look for Toyota's silhouette-frame, hybrid challenger was revealed in this month's Auto Sport (not that one) magazine.

    Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO have one of the most popular entries in either of SGT's categories. Today, they also announced that Hatsune Miku will now grace her presence on a new Mercedes AMG GT3, while retaining former champion co-drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka.

    This month's Auto Sport has some speculation on the 2016 season:
    • With the recent closure of Nissan's LMP1 team, there's a bottleneck of talent within the manufacturer's driver roster. Katsumasa Chiyo and Jann Mardenborough have been linked to a step up to GT500. Yuhi Sekiguchi, a Nissan talent "on loan" to Lexus, may be woven back into the fold as well.
    • New Zealand's Nick Cassidy, his F3 rival Kenta Yamashita, and another young Toyota works driver Yuichi Nakayama could factor into the equation at Lexus in what could be a chaotic off-season.
    • Honda's lineup seems, in contrast, fairly stable: Three of the five teams are either confirmed or will likely confirm they'll retain their 2015 lineups. Good news for fans of SUPER GT SUPERSTAR OLIVER TURVEY!
    In addition to the AMG GT3, the new Audi R8 LMS, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, BMW M6 GT3, and Porsche 911 GT3-R could see their Japanese debuts in the GT300 class, possibly even the Ferrari 488 GT3. The craziest rumor is that Autobacs Racing Team Aguri could adopt one of the BMWs after retiring the Honda CR-Z after 2015. (Huge thanks to @geinou on Twitter for the translations.)

    We'll know more closer to January/February when Honda, Toyota, and Nissan have their start-of-the-year press conferences.
     
  2. all new GT3's, hell yeah.
     
  3. R.J. O'Connell

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    Remember also that this is just a year after getting a new Lexus RC-F GT3, plus the introduction of the Mother Chassis cars - the Dome Toyota 86 and Mooncraft Lotus Evora. Whole lot of new blood being injected into the second division. Let's hope it doesn't result in a crazy escalation of costs.
     
  4. airutonpurosuto8912

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    It'll be very good to see Oliver Turvey in another season.
     
  5. R.J. O'Connell

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    Toyota and Subaru have revealed their GT300 challengers at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

    The Prius still has the RV8K engine, paired with a new hybrid system. No major changes on the BRZ.

    Koki Saga and Yuichi Nakayama will return to drive the #31 Prius, joined by a second entry with GT300's all-time pole winner Kota Sasaki, and a newcomer to the series - 48-year-old Hiroaki Nagai, the CEO of Porsche dealer Ninne and competitor in Super Taikyu, Porsche Carrera Cup, and Japanese F4. The 31 will run Bridgestones, the 30 will run Yokohamas.

    Takuto Iguchi and Hideki Yamauchi return to drive the Subaru, once again on Dunlop tyres.

    (I'll say this: The new look Prius is unique...but aesthetically unpleasing to me.)
     

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  7. R.J. O'Connell

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    Lexus announced their GT500 lineup last night!

    The famous #36 TOM's RC-F will have a new driver, as New Zealand's Nick Cassidy, the reigning F3 champion of Japan, has been promoted to a full-time role in the series. He'll drive the car alongside Daisuke Ito. They are expected to confirm a new title sponsor for the car with no mention of longtime partner Petronas.

    James Rossiter, then, moves to the #37 KeePer TOM's RC-F alongside young Ryo Hirakawa, who will also run the European Le Mans Series for an LMP2 team TBD.

    No change in the Cerumo team, with Hiroaki Ishiura and Yuji Tachikawa returning to the ZENT RC-F, and Kohei Hirate and Heikki Kovalainen driving the Denso SARD RC-F as they did last year. Kovalainen is the first former F1 GP winner to race in Super GT, so his presence is always a good thing.

    The Eneos RC-F is now the Wako's RC-F, after Team Le Mans struck a deal with the Japanese petrochem company. Andrea Caldarelli joins the team alongside Kazuya Oshima.

    And the WedsSport RC-F, perennial underdogs of the group, will have a young lineup of Yuhi Sekiguchi and Yuji Kunimoto, and be the only Yokohama team while the five other cars run Bridgestones.

    After the announcement, 18-year GT500 veteran and three-time champion Juichi Wakisaka announced his retirement from racing, and his intentions to become a team manager.
     
  8. airutonpurosuto8912

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  9. R.J. O'Connell

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    http://world.honda.com/news/2016/c160212eng.html

    Honda have announced their 2016 rosters! ARTA, Epson/Nakajima, and Raybrig/Kunimitsu keep their driver lineups intact. Hideki Mutoh trades places with Takashi Kogure, with Mutoh joining FORMULA E SUPERSTAR OLIVER TURVEY in the Drago NSX, and Kogure joining Koudai Tsukakoshi in the Keihin NSX.

    There's one huge change under the bonnet of their NSX-GT, however: They've abandoned their hybrid powertrain in favour of a traditional layout.

    In GT300, LM Corsa have purchased a Ferrari 488 GT3, Audi Team Hitotsuyama switched to the new R8 and Dunlop tyres, and Gainer have a new Mercedes AMG GT3.
     
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