After 20 years, the current iteration of the japanese Super GT championship (née JGTC), is coming to an end. Starting in 2014, the technical regulations will be merged with those from the german DTM, so undoubtedly, part of its unique flavour will go away. Just below is the 2014 champion: The ZENT Lexus SC430 driven by Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate.
With the opportunity for cars to compete in a geographically wider set of races, it’s doubtful that the japanese manufacturers invest in developing “pure” JDM (japanese domestic market) cars as before.
I leave you with a selection of some of my favourites in no particular order. It wasn’t easy to obtain pictures from the early 90′s as digital cameras were still confined to research labs.
Notice the wild shapes, with plenty of edges and creases, the garish colours and even the strange sponsors (for us westerners)…
Super GT, we love you !
One of the weirdest – a mid-engined Prius…
A trio of Hondas HSV-010…
A few wild NSX’s in different versions…
Now come the Skylines – R35, R34, R33 (or is it R32 ?)
A Subaru BRZ…
An unknown Toyota…
The famous #95 “Lightning McQueen” Toyota MR-S
The pretty Honda CR-Z, competing in the GT300 category.
Finally, a 911. During the 20 year run, Porsche was the most successful non-japanese manufacturer.
New for 1975 – Now, it can climb walls too !
Short of ideas for Christmas gifts ? Check the photography of Laurent Nivalle…
And no, i get no commissions from it.
Someday… I might buy a motorcycle for commuter / pleasure duties. Someday… It might be a Yamaha TW.
Filed under Bikes, Classic, toys
I suppose you never heard of the Claas Xerion 5000 ? Until a few months ago, me neither…
Back then i was trundling Amazon’s toy department looking for a nice Bruder tractor to order, for one of my kids b-day – BTW if you haven’t heard of Bruder toys shame on you !
That’s when I came across the Xerion which immediately grabbed me, by its sheer “macho” looks. I quickly ordered it and then proceded to find a bit more about it.
Turns out it’s a 4wd / 4ws behemoth with a 12 liter Caterpillar diesel engine making some 500hp. But the interesting piece is that it can drive itself autonomously using GPS, to guarantee that no square centimeter of a crop is wasted, nor 1 liter of diesel gulped unnecessarily.
On top of that, its multi-functional joysticks and touchscreen control panels look as if they could came from a modern jet fighter !
Autonomous cars ? It seems the future has arrived. We just weren’t looking in the right spot.
This is clearly a year of milestones. My own 911 was 40yrs old this October and I almost forgot the occasion !
I don’t know its exact build date, but with a first license plate issued in the first days of November 73, I can’t be too far off.
Happy birthday kermie, and here’s to the next 40 years !
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