Toyota's President Will Race A Gr Supra At The NĂźrburgring 24 Hours

Toyota's president will race a GR Supra at the Nürburgring 24 Hours

Akio Toyoda over the years has professed his love for speed and racing, which is noteworthy because Toyota, the company Toyoda helms, has for many years been most known for making beige and boring automobiles. But Toyoda has been a steady path to change that with the automaker churning out some legitimately exciting and interesting automobiles. If you're still in doubts of Toyoda's latest efforts and claims, what he's about to do may just change your mind.

Coming up this weekend is the world-renowned annual ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring and of course, Toyota's Gazoo Racing team will be participating, particularly with racing specification GR Supras. Peering at the list of primary driver's reveals some genuine talent on call, including the likes of famed racers Takeshi Tsuchiya, Masahiro Sasaki, and Nayoa Gamou, along with well-known VLN Endurance racer, Uwe Kleen, just to name a few. But there's one name that raises an eyebrow among the team roster: an odd "Mr. Morizo."

Acura Pikes Peak Lineup Is Out, And There's A Race-prepped Mdx Sport Hybrid

Acura Pikes Peak lineup is out, and there's a race-prepped MDX Sport Hybrid

Acura is coming back to Pikes Peak for the 2019 edition of the hillclimb, and it's bringing four vehicles to attack the mountain. Not the fastest, but perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is a race-prepped 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid. Engineers took the 3.5-liter V6 from the non-hybrid version (Hybrid has a 3.0-liter V6) of the MDX and bored it out to 3.7-liters. It then works together with Acura's three-motor hybrid system for a combined 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Shifting is still done by Acura's 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The extra power is thanks to the larger displacement and special tuning for the engine and electric motors.

Further upgrades to the MDX include a race-tuned active-damper suspension system and a roll cage. Acura says it goes a long way to increase structural rigidity. Additionally, Acura removed most of the vehicle's interior, including every seat but the driver's seat. Piloting the MDX is Jordan Guitar of Acura R&D's chassis development team.

Ruling Camp Wins In Key Gubernatorial Race

Ruling camp wins in key gubernatorial race

In Japan's nationwide local elections, a candidate supported by the national ruling camp defeated a candidate supported by opposition in a gubernatorial election in Hokkaido.

In the first half of the unified local elections, voters in 11 prefectures cast their votes in the gubernatorial elections.

Yamashita Leads Race For Joc President

Yamashita leads race for JOC president

The leading candidate for new president of the Japanese Olympic Committee appears to be Senior Executive Board Member Yasuhiro Yamashita.

Yamashita won a gold medal in men's judo in the open-weight category at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He is favored to be the next president by many on the JOC and the Tokyo Games organizing committee.

Ekiden Relay Road Race Raises Controversy

Ekiden relay road race raises controversy

A long-distance road relay race called "Ekiden" in western Japan on Sunday has sparked a controversy after a runner suffered a serious leg injury, but continued on all fours.

Rei Iida, a member of the Iwatani Sangyo team, suffered an injury to her right leg about 200 meters before the end of her section and couldn't run anymore.

Abe, Ishiba Pitch Policies In Ldp Leadership Race

Abe, Ishiba pitch policies in LDP leadership race

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba have held a wide-ranging policy debate as they campaign in the leadership election of Japan's main governing Liberal Democratic Party.

The race will effectively decide who leads Japan. Abe is seeking a 3rd straight term. Ishiba is a former LDP secretary general. He has also held cabinet posts.

Triathlon Race On Sado Island

Triathlon race on Sado Island

An international triathlon event is taking place on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan. The 30th competition has drawn more than 2,000 athletes aged between 19 and 84 from Japan and abroad.

The event's longest race started at 6 AM on Sunday with 986 competitors.