Thursday, January 31, 2008
For years in Asia and Europe, some automakers have held one-make races in which everyone uses the same vehicle to compete in a road race. It would be the equivilant of the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) spec Miata Class.
There have been a variety of one-make races throught the years, but some of my favorite one-make races are Toyota's Yaris Cup (Europe), Vitz Cup (Now called the Netz Japan, as Netz is a Toyota sub brand there), and Vios Cup (Thailand) races. Here we have a venerable (and affordable) Toyota subcompact racing against, well, a slew of other Toyota subcompacts – all of the same model (in this case, the Yaris, Vitz, or Vios). Very cool. While the Yaris and Vitz cups use the hatchback versions of these vehiles, Thailand's Vios Cup uses the Vios sedean (see below), know as the Yaris sedan in the U.S.
Theres a bunch of photos and vids if you go to Google.com and search for "Yaris Cup," "Vitz Cup," or "Netz Cup."
If you can read Japanese, this is great. If you can't it's still fun to poke around.
LINK: Netz Cup Japan