The “Tokyo Auto Salon 2016”, Japan annual custom car festival, will be hosted at the Makuhari Messe starting on Friday, 15. The Japanese tuning car culture has been making a comeback in these last few years, as is evident when you look at the “SEMA” show, the biggest custom car part festival in the world (held in Las Vegas, Nevada): Japanese tuning styles like overfenders are forming a new movement, and it’s been gathering attention of tuning car fans everywhere. Although everyone is keen to know what kind of wild modifications Japanese tuners will come up with in their home country big show, that’s not all there is to be seen here; there’s lots going on at the manufacturer booths as well at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
At the Toyota Gazoo Racing booth (East Hall 8), the “Toyota FT-1” is being shown in Japan for the first time.
The form designed at Calty Design Research, Toyota’s North American design studio, is the “Future Toyota” as its “FT” name designates. And in its futuristic form paired with the number “1”, you can see styling that has been carried through from the Toyota 2000GT, Celica and the Supra. The FT-1 first appeared in “Gran Turismo 6” at the “North American International Motor Show” (in Detroit) in January 2014, making it almost exactly 2 years since its announcement. Concept cars do not always directly lead into production cars, but it’s a great opportunity to see and feel the effect that the FT-1 had on Toyota Designs which followed.
And don’t forget this car: the “Toyota S-FR Racing Concept” is being shown for the first time anywhere; this is Toyota’s new generation lightweight sports concept, the S-FR with overfenders and a giant diffuser. Check out the transformation of the rather cute “S-FR” into this beast. For details regarding the car on display, you can also check out the Toyota Gazoo Racing official website (in Japanese).
The “Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo” appears for the first time in eastern Japan at the Mazda booth (West Hall 1).
The “Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo” was shown for the first time in Japan at the Mazda Fan Festa 2015, but because the event took place at the Okayama International Circuit in western Japan, there were many calls from Mazda fans in the Tokyo area to bring the car here. The actual car, which was displayed high in the sky as part of the Central Feature at the “Goodwood Festival of Speed” in UK, will show itself at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2016.
In addition, the “Mazda RX-Vision” which caught the attention of all rotary engine fans around the globe at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, will also be on display. There are going to be many events as well, such as the “Goodwood Festival of Speed Special Talk Show”. For details, please see the Mazda Motor Corporation official website (in Japanese).
And at the Gran Turismo booth (near the central gate on the 2nd floor), you can also experience a technical demo using the “ACSIM-S07F” simulator made by Access Inc., which we are co-developing together with them. You can try driving tuned cars and high performance cars which go hand in hand with the Tokyo Auto Salon. If you’re a regular at the Auto Salon, we’ll see you again at our usual location!
*Photograph from past event
The event hosted at last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon is happening again! Juichi Wakisaka, “Mr. Super GT”, is planning another “Super Gran Turismo Championship in Tokyo Auto Salon” this year. The event will take place from Saturday Jan. 16 from 14:00-15:00. Please come to see us at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall.
A live broadcast is also available from the Tokyo Auto Salon on the event date. Please see the autosport channel on the NicoNico live broadcast.
Saturday, Jan. 16 14:00-15:00
Juichi Wakisaka (LEXUS TEAM WedsSport BANDOH)
Satoshi Motoyama (MOLA)
Kazuya Oshima (LEXUS TEAM LeMans ENEOS)
Naoki Yamamoto (TEAM KUNIMITSU)
MC：Announcer Hiroshi Tsujino, Mina Momohara (Autosport Web Navigator)
Commentator: Katsumasa Chiyo (GAINER)
Guest Driver: Takuya Takahashi (2015 GT Academy Japan Representative)
“Tokyo Auto Salon 2016” Event Detail
Friday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
Makuhari Messe (Japan Convention Center)
International Exhibit Hall 1-11, International Conference Hall, Event Hall, Outside Exhibit
2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture
Special Admission Day (Friday, Jan. 15, 15:00 – 20:00 / Special public admission)
Door ticket: 3,200 yen
Pre-order ticket: 2,600 yen
General Admission Day (Saturday, Jan. 16 – Sunday, Jan. 17)
Door ticket: 2,200 yen (adults)/ 1,700 yen (Jr. High/High School student)
Pre-order ticket: 1,800 yen (adults only)
Free admission on all days for elementary school children and under (entry allowed only when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)