Care Racing Ferrari 550 For Japan
This was a story that we initially covered back in May last year
- when we reported that the Hitotsuyama brothers had ordered a Care
Racing Development, Prodrive-built, Ferrari 550 for the Japanese
The car has now arrived
in Japan, and the eighth in the sequence of Care Racing Ferrari
550s is subtly different from the rest.
with a lower rear wing and steel brakes for the JGTC, but different
(larger) restrictors mean that the quoted horsepower level is “600+
bhp”. While other series have cut back on power, the Japanese
are pressing on with the most powerful GT cars in the world.
The brothers Mikio and
Yasushi Hitotsuyama will both drive the Ferrari 550 (with an unnamed
third driver), and will begin to get used to this beast in testing
at TI Aida and Suzuka, during the next few weeks. The first round
of the 2004 JGTC will take place at the TI Aida circuit on the April
Mikio Hitotsuyama and
Yasushi Hitotsuyama own the Yamaichi Express company, and have recently
entered a McLaren F1 GTR and a BMW M3 GTR in the JGTC.
Care Racing’s statement
points out that it is “in the final stages of negotiating
contracts for lease of its seven remaining Ferrari 550s with teams
in Europe, the United States and the Far East.”
Italia is expected to race three again in the FIA GT Championship,
while two more are entered at Sebring, under the Care Racing banner.