A Super GT Nissan GT-R at Fuji is real-life Gran Turismo
Watch Lucas Ordonez wrestle a Nissan GT-R race car around Fuji Speedway in Nismo's latest video
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…