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    Kachow! Lightning McQueen 13th in first race, just ahead of Mach 5
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    Lightning McQueen came home 13th in his first race in the Japanese Super GT-300 Championship, one place ahead of new rival, Speed Racer Mach Go Go Go. The rookie, who looks suspiciously like last year's Team Toy Story APR Toyota MR-S, has apparently been lured away from The Piston Cup by a company ...

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    SuperGT: Nissan GT-R takes First and Second in Round 1 at Suzuka
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    Click above for a high-res gallery from the SuperGT season opener. Nissan GT-Rs first hit the track in 1969, and won their inauguaral race. 23 years later the R32 GT-R race car won its first Japanese GT Championship race at the first attempt, and yesterday at Suzuka, the Xanavi NISMO R35 driven by ...

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    Nissan GT-R - Too fast to race?
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    click above image for a great gallery from the 2007 NISMO Festival While top billing at the recent annual NISMO festival went to next year's Super GT500 GT-R, the surprise appearance made by the GT-R prototype that set the 7:38 lap time at the Nurburgring earlier this year got the most attention. ...

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    EVO X vs STI - Tsukuba Lap Times
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/motorsport/New_STI_faster_than_the_EVO_X_2'; It didn't take long for Japan's journalists to get the new STI and EVO X side by side, and the results are now officially in. Tsukuba circuit regulars Kazuo Shimizu and Manabu Kawaguchi spent an afternoon thrashing ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Suzuki Palette vs. Daihatsu Tanto
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    The 2007 Tokyo Motor Show ended last week, but today we're cleaning out our closet of yet-to-be published posts from this biggest of biannual Japanese auto shows.click above image to view just how much legroom this truly mini vans have Pity poor Suzuki. Japan's vast market for mini vehicles has ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Daihatsu HSC is one slippery little sucker
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    The 2007 Tokyo Motor Show ended last week, but today we're cleaning out our closet of yet-to-be published posts from this biggest of biannual Japanese auto shows.click above image for more live pics of the Daihatsu HSC Concept We missed the Daihatsu HSC at Frankfurt somehow, but stumbled across ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Suzuki Pixy & SSC
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    The 2007 Tokyo Motor Show ended last week, but today we're cleaning out our closet of yet-to-be published posts from this biggest of biannual Japanese auto shows. There's more than a hint of Toyota's PM, i-Swing and i-REAL series about this concept. But where Toyota admits that the driver may ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Nissan Pivo2
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    The 2007 Tokyo Motor Show ended last week, but today we're cleaning out our closet of yet-to-be published posts from this biggest of biannual Japanese auto shows.Click above image to view more live pics of the crab-like Pivo2 from Nissan After a few days of regurgitating the same old story to ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Suzuki Kizashi 2
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    The 2007 Tokyo Motor Show ended last week, but today we're cleaning out our closet of yet-to-be published posts from this biggest of biannual Japanese auto shows.click above image for more live shots of the Suzuki Kizashi 2 concept Following the debut of the first Kizashi concept in Frankfurt, ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Suzuki X-Head
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    The 2007 Tokyo Motor Show ended last week, but today we're cleaning out our closet of yet-to-be published posts from this biggest of biannual Japanese auto shows.click above image to view more live pics of the Suzuki X-Head Remember the Suzuki Samurai, the lightweight 4x4 much maligned for being ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Subaru EXIGA Concept best 7-seat Legacy ever
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    click above image to view more high-res pics of the Subaru EXIGA Concept Subaru has been promising a seven seater for years, but have yet to deliver one to their own home market as the Tribeca isn't sold this side of Pacific. A couple of years ago it was leaning towards a minivan-style MPV, but ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Nissan R.D:B.X Concept
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    Click above image for more pictures of the Nissan Round Box The R.D:B.X... as in Round Box. Could this be a hint of what will replace the (currently) JDM only Nissan Cube? Japan's youth, who are already way too cool for the current model, let alone the Toyota Bb (Scion XB), should certainly hope ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Daihatsu Mud Master-C
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    click above image to view more live shots of the Mud Master-C Didn't Space 1999's Moon Base Alpha have a couple of these in the garage? Looking like a Mitsubishi Delica that's spent too much time in the boil wash, Daihatsu's Mud Master-C is a kei car, but with lofty ambitions. This is far from ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Getting intimate with the Nissan Intima
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    Click the above picture for more pictures of the Nissan Intima concept Last time I saw a car door opened at that angle it had been bent that way by a taxi, but here the Nissan Intima's doors are opened to such extreme degrees "to aid access and egress." The guy behind the concept was keen to ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Subaru WRX STI debut
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    Click above image for more live pics of the Subaru WRX STIWe've gone from being disappointed by the new Impreza, to pleasantly surprised by the WRX, to smitten by the STI. It looked OK in silver as the dust sheet came off, but stunning in metallic black on the Subaru stand's floor. The new STI's ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Live shots of the Nissan GT-R!
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    Click the above image for more live shots of the Nissan GT-R var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/design/Nissan_releases_all_new_pics_of_GT_R_supercar'; A press event has never been so well attended, or dangerously overcrowded. But we got to the front in time to watch in car footage of a GT-R lapping ...

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    Hydrogen Hybrid Toyota drives from Osaka to Tokyo on one tank
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    Technically this Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle made the 560km journey on four tanks of hydrogen, as that's how many high pressure pods are hidden away under the Toyota Kluger's rear seats. But the big news is that this car, and a back up sibling, managed to drive 350 miles from the hydrogen fueling ...

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    Spy Shots: Impreza STI on the road
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    Finally, pictures of the new Subaru Impreza STI that have not been generated by a computer. Amateur shots taken on a public road in Japan clearly show the traditional enlarged hood scoop, butcher flared arches and two more exhaust pipes than found on the WRX. Those grey alloys would certainly be a ...

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    One-make race version of Civic Type-R available (in Japan)
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    Japan has its fair share of one-make race series. For well under $20,000 you can buy a stripped out Vitz (Yaris) from Toyota, a March (Micra) from Nissan, a Swift (Ignis) from Suzuki or a Roadster (MX-5, Miata, whatever...) from Mazda specifically prepared to do battle with identical machinery six ...

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    MR2 redux snagged on transporter?
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    Nah. Highly unlikely. In your dreams. That's what the folks at Toyota said as I handed the keys to the MR-S V-Edition back to them earlier this year and asked if Toyota had another mid-engined sports car on the drawing board. So what, pray tell, is this litle number spotted on the back of a Toyota ...

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