Care Racing Ferrari 550 For Japan
This was a story that we initially covered back in May last year - here - when we reported that the Hitotsuyama brothers had ordered a Care Racing Development, Prodrive-built, Ferrari 550 for the Japanese GT Championship.

The car has now arrived in Japan, and the eighth in the sequence of Care Racing Ferrari 550s is subtly different from the rest.

It’s fitted 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 4.

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.”

BMS Scuderia Italia is expected to race three again in the FIA GT Championship, while two more are entered at Sebring, under the Care Racing banner.


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