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2020 Class 1 Super GT Cars Unveiled

Toyota, Honda and Nissan unveil 2020 Super GT cars built to Class 1 regs…

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Toyota, Honda and Nissan took the wraps off their Class 1 competitors on Wednesday ahead of the introduction of the new platform into Super GT next year.

The Toyota GR Supra, Honda NSX-GT and Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 will compete in the top class of the Japanese series next year and at shared events with DTM.

They bring the total number of Class 1 cars up to six, joining offerings from Audi, BMW and Aston Martin, which are all competing in DTM this year.

All cars now include 2-liter turbocharged engines mounted at the front, which has led to a sizeable change for Honda’s car, which previously used a mid-engined layout.

Toyota already revealed its GR Supra, which replaces the Lexus LC500, earlier this year. Nissan’s new GT-R is based on the brand’s existing GT500 car, meanwhile.

Toyota and Nissan will carry out testing of their new cars at Suzuka on Thursday, with Honda’s testing program to commence at a later date.

Super GT Wildcard Drivers Chosen for DTM Finale

Each current GT500 manufacturer has nominated drivers to take part in next month’s DTM finale as wildcard entries in the first joint race between Super GT and DTM.

Jenson Button will compete for in a Team Kunimitsu Honda in both races at Hockenheim on Oct. 5-6.

Lexus and Nissan’s cars will both be driven by two different drivers, who will compete in one race each.

Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa will share the Lexus run by Team KeePer TOM’S, while Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda will drive the NISMO-entered Nissan.

A second joint race will take place at Fuji on Nov. 22-24, with cars from Audi, BMW and Aston Martin traveling to Japan. Driver nominations for that event are yet to be revealed.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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