The most thrilling ride on a racetrack!
Although riding on public roads in Mario Carts has gained popularity among tourists visiting Japan, traffic accidents and traffic violations often happen due to sharing the streets with larger vehicles and pedestrians. And let’s get real: Putt-putting around city streets in these glorified riding lawn mowers is not even in the same universe as getting behind the wheel of a professional race car. This is life-changing stuff we’re talking about, and those who have long dreamed about screaming down a track in Japan full-on… well, those people shouldn’t let this dream fly by.
In this specially prepared experience, professional race car staff will provide a safe, fun, and thrilling environment on a real racing circuit track. You have the opportunity to drive both an actual formula car and a drift car in this one of a kind experience.
There are various packages at different price points that incorporate various options - from a basic plan that involves driving a real formula car to a full course plan that involves both the formula and drift vehicles. The basic plan allows for a half-day of track enjoyment. If there are too many bookings for the half day option, participants will be separated into a morning and afternoon group respectively. If there is a particularly large number of participants in your group, we can accommodate time on the race track by spreading out people over 2 days. We are also able to arrange accommodation to spend the night near the track, should you be interested. We are flexible and will find an option that works best for you. In order to allow everyone plenty of time to drive the race cars, we limit groups to 6 participants each.
■ Payment method
Advance payment by bank transfer, either by wire or using the TransferWise service. Payment must be paid in full no later than one month in advance. Refunds for cancellations will be processed within the rules set out in our cancellation policy. Please note that it is necessary to reserve the race course 35 days or more before the desired experience date.
■ Formula Car Test Drive Race Cars
[FIA-F4 or Formula Renault]
Chassis: Made in Japan
Engine: Honda Motor Co., 1,500cc (about 120ps)
Transmission: 5-speed H-turn torque
Tires: Yokohama comb slick tires installed
Maximum speed: About 210km / h (depending on setting)
Chassis: Domesha (Japan)
Engine: 2,000cc made by Toyota (Toms)
Transmission: 6-speed sequential shift
Tires: Turnoff slick tires
Maximum speed: About 230km / h (depending on setting)
Chassis: Made by Tatuus (Italy)
Engine: 2,000cc (about 180ps) made by Renault Wheels
Transmission: 6 speed sequential
Tires: Dunlop Turnoff slick tires
Maximum speed: About 240km / h (depending on setting)
We have Nissan Silvia for the drifting experience. These non-turbo vehicles are made to withstand long periods of drifting. The front and rear tires are also different to make it easier to create a tail slide state for the vehicle.
① Drifting Experience
Drift in a domestic Japanese, manual transmission sports car.
Start with checking the operation of the MT (manual) car, practice stick shift driving with shift change, steering, and braking. After your instructor is confident you have mastered the manual stick shift basics, he will proceed to teach you how to drift.
Since the vehicles are sensitive to heavy loads, please be patient while other participants try it out as well.
② Formula Car Test Driving
Test drive actual formula race cars that are still used in real races.
Begin with the basics of getting in and out of the formula car, learn how to start the engine, and how to operate the various parts of the vehicle. Before you really press the pedal to the metal, drive on a special course at a slower speed navigating pylons, following points for acceleration, easing off points, and brake points. Practice the basic operations while driving under the instruction of a professional race car driver. Depending on the participant's level, a professional instructor will give one on one instruction and advice to help participants get used to driving these powerful vehicles. The goal is for guests to become comfortable with the high speed driving they will do on the track, without assistance. Racing driver Hiroki Ishizawa will be your full-time instructor, and several other racers will give lessons depending on the number of participants.
・ Participation will be refused if you do not have a driver's license or MT driving experience.
・ All participants will be brought up to the minimum level needed to experience drifting. However, if there is a problem with the vehicle, the activity may end without drifting for safety reasons.
・The tracks still operate in rainy weather. However if visibility is impared due to fog or heavy rain, or if it the temperature is too hot outside, the experience will be suspended. In the event of a suspension, the circuit usage fee for the time up to the point of suspension and cancellation (round-up calculation for every 30 minutes) will be refunded at a later date. However consumables and staff costs up to the time of suspension will be calculated and be non refundable.
35 days before the desired date of participation
The following percentages will be forfeited according to the amount of advance notice provided.
・30 days before the event date: 40%
・15 days before the event date: 50%
・7 days or less before the event date: 100%
Name: Hiroki Kokuzawa
Hometown: Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture
Interests : Golf, Scuba Diving
Motto: You don’t know until you try
Hiroki did athletics from 3rd grade through 8th grade with dreams of being a professional athlete. However, he suffered an injury during a sports tournament in 8th grade that prevented him from realizing his dream. Soon after, he began his new dream to become a race car driver right as Formula 1 was beginning to be televised in Japan. At the age of 21, he made his debut in Formula Car racing. Taking full advantage of the skills and experience gained in the harsh environment of racing, he is active as a driver and instructor for various levels, such as training classes on racing circuits to beginner driving courses for regular driving licenses.
2011 Participated in SUPER FJ Tsukuba Series Sport (opening to 3 races only)
2012 Participated in SUPER FJ Tsukuba Series II (final third place)
2014 SRS-F (Suzuka Circuit Racing Sync School Formula) Completed
Motake 1.5 Challenge Cuff Final Round (Qualifying 2nd, Final 4th)
Participated in the Mini Joy Endurance 2 Hours Endurance Race in 2015 (2nd in the class)
2016 FIA-F4 JAPANESE CHAMPIONSHIP participant
2018 Hierelli Supper Endurance Series ST-TCR class entry (3rd in Round 2)
2019 All Japan F3 Championship Sport participation
Various circuit driving events, new car manufacturer workshops,
Event circuit driving training lessons hosted by automakers, race car circuit license instructor, kids-cart classroom, and much more.
・Get behind the wheel of one of our track-dedicated cars for a special circuit experience
・Lesson and guidance from a professional racing driver
・Experienced support from staff
Each package accommodates up to six participants. The price shown is per group, so is the same regardless of number of participants.
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① Drifting Experience
・Vehicle usage fee (including tires and gasoline)
・Hotel pick up & drop off
Minami Chiba Circuit