We're sure that some of you might have seen photos of people dressed like characters from Mario driving around on karts on the streets of Japan (if not check out the video above). While it looks like Mario Kart, technically it isn't (presumably due to licensing issues) and is instead known Maricar. However if you'd rather not travel all the way to Japan just for it, how does Australia sound?
It seems that over in Sydney and Melbourne, a similar experience will be brought over to Australia in what is being called "Mushroom Racing" (it is unclear if they’re affiliated with Maricar), which once again isn't actually Mario Kart despite it being so similar in design. No launch dates have been set yet but those who are interested can leave their email on the website to be notified for when it does launch.
Lexus Racing enters its second season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, running two RC F GT3 cars in the GTD class. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is the first and most difficult race of the year, and Lexus Enthusiast is live covering the race from the Daytona Speedway.
The driver lineup breaks down like this: The #15 RC F GT3 will be piloted by Jack Hawksworth, Dominik Farnbacher, David Heinmeier Hansson, and Scott Pruett, while the #14 car will be a team of Dominik Baumann, Kyle Marcelli and Bruno Junqueira.
The two companies signed a five-year partnership agreement in the premier class of road racing in 2014, underlined with Movistar becoming the team's title sponsor. In the past four years, Yamaha and Telefónica Spain's shared values and passion for innovation laid the groundwork for success, resulting in a MotoGP Triple Crown in 2015 and the MotoGP Team's Title in 2016.
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show, two months hence, will serve to intoduce the production Toyota Supra into the world. Rather, not the Toyota Supra, but the Gazoo Racing Supra; Toyota's new hi-po sportscar will retail under Gazoo Racing branding, after Toyota knighted Gazoo as the automaker's performance arm last year. According to Auto Express, the Supra will come in four trims: Supra, Supra GR, Supra GR Sport, and Supra GRMN (GRMN stands for Gazoo Racing tuned by Meisters of the Nürburgring). The report says a "significant gap in performance and price" and different suspension tunes are likely from bottom to top.
Last year, a leaked document made Supra watchers suspect three BMW-derived engines would serve the four-trim Supra range: the BMW 20i, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder; the more powerful BMW 30i, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder; and the BMW 40i, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Commenters suspected that only the two most powerful engines would come to the U.S.