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The All-Japan GT Championship (JGTC) started in 1994, changing its name to SUPER GT in 2005, and will be entering its 20th year of competition this season. Every year, more than 500,000 spectators gather at circuits across the country to enjoy the sounds of the racing engines, the flashy coloring of the cars, the intense battles over thousandths of a second, the variety of strategies employed in the races, the teamwork that can be seen during tire changes and more. In addition to the Malaysian round, which became an official event in 2002, a special event will be held in South Korea this season as well. This top-level domestic touring car race series is expanding beyond Japan to become a global series.
Racing machines stripped down to the bare essentials
The cars that appear in SUPER GT are specialized racing machines based on commercially available models of cars. The interiors have no seats except for the driver's and no amenities such as an audio system. The exterior is close to that of a typical sports car, but also utilizes major aerodynamic parts in order to take advantage of air resistance. The bodies are made of carbon fiber rather than steel. They use parts made from different materials than those in commercially available cars in order to reduce weight in pursuit of speed.
Three domestic makes fight for GT500 class honors
while the GT300 class draws attention with its international makes
In SUPER GT, cars are divided into two classes based on engine power, GT500 and GT300. The GT500 class is a competition for machines made by Nissan, Toyota, and Honda that produce around 500hp or more. Meanwhile the GT300 class is for machines producing around 300hp, and draws attention with its competition between domestic automakers such as Nissan, Toyota, and Subaru joining foreign sports cars including the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi and BMW.