What is MotorNation?
It is a YouTube webseries produced and starred by Kenji Shimura and Kuro Nakahara, two now retired racers, who will take the cars the companies produce to the limit, testing them at the Suzuka circuit, as well as the streets of Suzuka, in everyday traffic conditions.
They’ll seek to compare different types of cars each round, with different requirements, and give their thoughts about them, reviewing every aspect of the machines.
Who are Kenji and Kuro?
Kenji Shimura, 47. Ex-street racer, took part in some track days towards the end of his street racing days as well. Known for his aggressive driving and his tuned Zenshi Altrea Newman R, he’s an unpredictable force to be feared at the race track.
Kuro Nakahara, 53. Ex-race driver, known for driving in the IMSA GTO category for Maine Motors. Cold blooded and relaxed, he takes every car to its limit. Following a estrictly ortodox grip racing style, he sets his cars up to slightly understeer.
What will the rounds be about?
Kenji and Kuro will decide a topic every week. E.G: mid-sized sedans; they’ll present a couple of rules to go along with the style of car as well.
The cars submitted will then race each other in a sprint (two lap) race in Suzuka, to check their driving feel, sportiness and how fast they are. They’ll then take the cars to the streets of Suzuka, where they’ll test their practicality, how easy they are to drive in heavy traffic and how comfortable they are.
Appart from the track test, there won’t be winners in each round; however, both drivers will come to a conclusion and decide whether a car is worth it or not, taking everything into consideration, as well as its price.
How do I submit my car?
The rules and naming convention will be written in each round’s post.
History of rounds and topic:
Round 1: A compact performance skirmish!