In the world of sports racing is extremely rich in racing categories, there are two Super GT (Japan) and DTM (Germany) racing equally attractive.
The DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or German Touring Car Masters) is organized for German car brand sports cars competing at racing tracks in Germany. After that, the DTM expands and teams of racetracks are well-known throughout Europe, with competition between German brand cars including: Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Opez. In particular, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are two rivals.
DTM models are equipped with a naturally aspirated V8 engine (without turbocharger or supercharger) and limited to 4.0 liter capacity. Currently, the motor vehicle of the DTM tournament has a capacity of over 500 horsepower at 8500 rpm, and these engines are limited to 9,000 rpm.
Like Germany’s DTM, the Japanese Super GT race is also very exciting and exciting. However, considering the scale and number of teams participating and the history of development, the Super GT race is much bigger. The first season took place in 1993 as the Japan Grand Touring Car Championship, in 2005 officially changed its name to Super GT. The tournament is held at racing schools in Japan and Southeast Asia (Sepang of Malaysia, Chang of Thailand).
Super GT race divided into two groups including GT300 (car with capacity of 300 horsepower) and GT500 (vehicle with capacity of 500 horsepower), with the participation of 40 racing teams of automakers around the world such as: Ferarri, Lamborghini McLaren, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Mazda, Subaru, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, etc. In the GT500 table is the dominance of 3 big Japanese car industry including Nissan, Honda and Toyota. In particular, the continuous winning cars for many years in the GT500 have now become legendary as Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Supra or Honda.
Return to the last stage of the Super GT 2017 that takes place at the Motegi, Japan track. Three riders, including Loïc Duval (Audi team), Augusto Farfus (BMW team) and Maro Engel (Mercedes AMG team) will participate in the test round together with other riders of Honda, Lexus and Nissan Nismo. During the event, the cars will be equipped with high-performance Ventus Race tires of Hankook.
In the past, two racers Loïc Duval (Audi team) and Augusto Farfus (BMW team) played in the Super GT in their careers. In particular, Loic Duval driver is a former Super GT 2010 champion in GT500 table when playing for Weider Honda Racing team with teammate Takashi Kogure.
This visit to Japan by the riders who are competing in the DTM tournament is part of the two organizers’ plans, to enhance the cooperation and to build common technical rules called Class One. Previously in 2014, two representatives of two DTM (Germany) and Super GT (Japan) competitions met and exchanged views to offer opportunities for future cooperation. Since the 2014 season, the chassis specifications and the atmospheric standards of the two races are the same. Since 2017, regulations on general engines: 2-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged are applied.
These are the most specific collaborations for teams in both races to participate in both competitions at the same time, increase international competitiveness, reduce costs for manufacturers and beyond solve together to grow and grow bigger and more attractive.