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Suzuka Circuit
Suzuka Circuit
Country Flag of Japan Japan
Circuit Length 3.609 miles (5.808 km)
Turns (Left/Right) 17
Appears in Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo Sport
Fastest Lap (real) 1:31.540 (Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren MP4-20)
Selected Others
Ferrari F40 2:25.26
Honda NSX-R 2:34.08
Mazda RX-7 2:37.26

Suzuka Circuit is a real world circuit from the Gran Turismo series of games. The circuit, based in Japan, appears in Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 5, and Gran Turismo 6. An updated track known as "Suzuka Circuit 2014" was added on Gran Turismo 6 via update 1.14.

Circuit HistoryEdit

Designed as a Honda test track in 1962 by John Hugenholtz, Suzuka is one of only a few real-world circuits to have a figure 8 layout (Another example is the Top Gear Test Track). Obviously, due to the danger of an intersecting track, the track doesn't actually intersect with itself; instead, the back straight passes over the front section by means of an overpass.

The Suzuka Circuit is believed by many to be among the most challenging and dangerous circuits in the world, having claimed the lives of 17 drivers and riders in its 48 year history (02/10). Other drivers who have failed to finish Grand Prix at this circuit include Ayrton Senna (twice) and seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (5 times).

The circuit currently hosts the Formula One's Japanese Grand Prix, FIM Endurance 'Suzuka 8 Hours' and Super GT's '1000 km Suzuka'.

Very few major changes have been made to the circuit since its inception in 1962. The most significant of these took place in 1983 when a chicane was inserted in what is now the 'Casio Triangle' complex to reduce speeds. 2003 saw the iconic 130R corner redesigned following two major accidents, seperating it into a double-apex 85R-340R complex. The Suzuka Circuit underwent major renovations between 2007 and 2009, to improve its facilities and make it safer.

A lap around the circuitEdit

Sector 1 begins at the pit straight which leads to a high speed right-hand arc leading to the Esses and an anti-banked right-hand corner leading to the high-speed Dunlop Curve and the technical Degner Curves to end the sector.

Sector 2 begins on the way to the hairpin and resumes to the 200R-class corner, ending at the challenging Spoon Curve and the back stretch.

Sector 3 begins at the 130R-class corner before going to the challenging Casio Triangle and a high-speed final corner before going back to the start line, restarting Sector 1 thus completing the lap.

Gran Turismo SeriesEdit

Gran Turismo 4Edit

The Suzuka Circuit first appeared in Gran Turismo 4. It features the circuit in its post-2003 design, with the modified version of 130R in place. The circuit appears in:

Gran Turismo 5 PrologueEdit

  • Clubman Cup Race 3 (Event B-7): 2 Laps
  • Gran Turismo All Stars Race 3 (Event A-7): 3 Laps
  • Japanese Championship Race 2 (Event A-9): 3 Laps
  • Event S-6 (Ferrari F40 Special Mission Race): 1 Lap
  • Tuned Car Battle Race 4 (Event S-10): 5 Laps
  • Audi TT Coupé 3.2 Quattro One-Make Race: 2 Laps
  • Ferrari Festival: 3 Laps
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG One-Make Race: 3 Laps
  • TVR Tuscan and Tamora Meeting: 3 Laps

Gran Turismo PSP Edit

  • Single Player
  • Ad Hoc Mode
  • Driving Challenges E-2, G-3

Gran Turismo 5Edit

Gran Turismo 6 Edit

  • Seasonal Events

Video FootageEdit

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Suzuka.flv

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Suzuka Circuit appears in the 1983 arcade game, "Pole Position II". In certain re-releases of the game, it is replaced by a track called "Wonder Circuit", which bears resemblence to Suzuka Circuit, and even has a ferris wheel in the background, just like in Suzuka Circuit in the arcade version of the game, in Gran Turismo, and in real life.

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