Main modifications unlikely for 2024 SUPER GT rules

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Since 2020 the Japanese sportscar sequence has used the Class One rules that had been developed collectively with the DTM, and dedicated to protecting them even after the German sequence switched to GT3 rules in 2021.

Initially a brand new algorithm had been due for introduction in 2023, however the onset of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic prompted a one-year freeze and subsequent delay, which means the present guidelines shall be in use for yet another season as soon as the present marketing campaign ends.

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GT500 automobiles are constructed round a standard chassis constructed by Toray Carbon Magic, and GTA chairman Bandoh has indicated a need to maintain this as the idea for the 2024 guidelines, citing the truth that Nissan driver Mitsunori Takaboshi was in a position to stroll away from his enormous crash at Fuji in Might unscathed.

However he stated that the DTM’s choice to desert the Class One platform does permit SUPER GT a “diploma of freedom” to do issues its personal means.

“After we contemplate the current massive crash for the #3 [NDDP Racing Nissan] that Takaboshi walked away from regardless of the large G-forces concerned, we’re pondering of protecting the monocoque,” stated Bandoh finally month’s Suzuka race. 

“It might be good to have a level of freedom whereas sustaining that security.”

A giant crash within the Fuji Golden Week race for the #3 Nissan Z introduced security into renewed focus

Bandoh nonetheless dismissed the prospect of increasing the scope for aerodynamic improvement, which is already strictly restricted within the title of cost-saving.

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GT500 producers should homologate aero designs for use for the entire season forward of the beginning of the marketing campaign, whereas a so-called ‘design line’ separates the higher a part of the automobile that should match the form of the highway automobile upon which it’s based mostly, and the decrease space that’s open for improvement.

“It’s okay if it’s an element that the spectators can perceive,” Bandoh stated. “But it surely’s a query of how a lot cash will get spent on issues that may’t be seen.

“We’re working arduous on making the sequence extra environmentally-friendly and doing issues the spectators can see, however we will’t see the purpose of extreme aero improvement, so I don’t assume we are going to permit this.”

SUPER GT has introduced that it’s going to change to totally carbon-neutral gasoline subsequent yr, whereas the introduction of 450km races at three occasions this season has additionally been aimed toward selling gasoline effectivity and tyre longevity over outright velocity.

“There’s additionally nonetheless the query of decreasing prices with the Class One rules,” added Bandoh. “Why would we permit extra aero improvement once we’re not trying to make the automobiles any faster than they already are?

“We need to proceed seeing aero improvement performed inside sure restrictions.”

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