- You’ll also be acquainted with Super GT and the Honda NSXs, Toyota Supras and Nissan GT-Rs that have inhabited its classes over the years
You might never have been to Japan, let alone near any of its circuits, but if you’ve ever spent any time near a Playstation you’ll be more than familiar with Fuji International Speedway.
You’ll also be acquainted with Super GT and the Honda NSXs, Toyota Supras and Nissan GT-Rs that have inhabited its classes over the years. So watching GT Academy winner and Le Mans competitor Lucas Ordonez circulate in a GT500 Nissan GT-R seems oddly familiar.
Here are a few things that aren’t quite so familiar from your experiences on the Playstation: The violence of the car’s movements over bumps and kerbs. The hard-edged bark of the GT-R’s engine reverberating around its caged shell.
And… err, the buses also on-track, which are part of a ‘circuit safari’ popular in Japan, where punters can share track space with vehicles lapping at full speed – it’s about as close as a motorsport fan can get without being in the car itself.
The footage was shot at Nissan’s ‘Nismo Festival’ – not long after Ordonez’s fellow Nismo Athlete Alex Buncombe recorded on-board footage in another recent video.
You can see that R34-generation Pennzoil-sponsored GT-R on the second lap in this video – though given its relaxed pace, we suspect Buncombe himself wasn’t at the wheel…