Honda, Nissan and Lexus revealed their 2014 Japanese Super GT 500 models today at Suzuka, site of this weekend’s 1000km Super GT event. The new cars will feature common chassis regulations with the Europe-based DTM series, as the first step in the gradual move toward fully common regulations that will allow cars from both series to enter each others’ races by 2017. Until then, Super GT and DTM will retain distinct engine regulations.
The new Lexus (ABOVE) is based off the LF-CC concept, and will replace the Lexus SC 430 currently used in Super GT races. Honda’s NSX (BELOW) follows lines revealed on the Acura NSX prototype at the Mid-Ohio IndyCar race earlier this month, while Nissan has produced a GT-R Nismo GT500 (BOTTOM).
United SportsCar Racing, which is planning to run a North American series for DTM-spec cars, announced in March that it was targeting an inaugural season in 2015 or ’16. However, the launch date was subsequently postponed until 2017 at the earliest.