What we aimed for with the Circuit Challenger is the attraction where all the family members including small children can feel the “fun to try”. Therefore, we asked Takuma Sato, who is the racing driver as well as the father of 2 children, to join this project as its project advisor for the development.
Comment from Takuma Sato
We elaborated so that everyone from small children to adults can enjoy it casually and yet with the feeling of a real car.
Different from the old go-karts, this is tuned so that drivers can utilize the power of the motor to their driving by operating the shift and steering wheel. I think you can actually feet the fun to try through the whole attraction program. It is really the “Circuit Challenger”.
The only attraction at Suzuka Circuit that you can drive on the track that hosts the world’s best automobile racing “F1 Grand Prix” on your own, “Circuit Challenger”
“Attraction Entrance”, the reproduced racing machine development base, welcomes you. Here, you will be given a mission for the development of the next-generation machine.
On the next-generation EV machine steering wheel, operating system such as acceleration, braking and steering are integrated on it, so you can get the feel of new sense of operation.
You can operate the shift for 4 shift positions at hand, and changing shifts according to the conditions is the key to clearing your mission.
Get on the machine and enter the International racing track.
Various missions given to you while driving on the track with the next-generation machine.
Can you really clear the missions?
1At first, insert the data recording card into the machine.
2Before the start Now your challenge starts!
Go out on the track!
At first, you test the steering while you are on the section where the shifting is limited and you can’t accelerate. Steer the steering wheel 6 times, left to right, right to left.
3Start! Next you test the start!
Stop the machine completely and then push the S button.
When the signal goes out, it’s time to start!
Be careful not to jump start because your points will be taken off.
4Shifting up Shift up to the fourth at the best timing on the main straight. Drive down the track with full throttle by bringing out the potential of the machine!
Go while paying attention to the others around you!
5Communication from the pit Communication from the pit.
Follow the instructions such as “Go rhythmically, reading the record line” and “You’ll reach the maximum gradient on the track after this, so choose the right gear for the speed and go up at once” and control the machine!
6Finish! Check the result Finish the drive!
Don’t forget to take out the card before you get off as the driving data is transmitted to the card.
Check the saved result data at the data station located at the exit.
Check your skill and try again and again for the step-up!
The machine has the function that records the driving skills, so you can receive your result data (driving result) with the evaluation of your mission after driving. Try again and again to go for the best result!
Memorial photo of your challenge with the original frame can be purchased.
Saturday, March 19th 2016
|Track to be used||
1 lap on International racing track (eastern short track: 2.243 km)
approx. 10 minutes
|Number of vehicles||
Motor: Mitsuba (SR motor) / Max. output: 4.3kW
2.5m long, 1.0m high, 1.3m wide
|Capacity and terms and
conditions for use (per 1 car)
■Capacity : Up to Max. 3 persons (2 adults + 1 infant)
■Where to buy tickets : Ticket booth at the main gate, ticket for rides booth at the foot of the Clock Tower inside the park, ticket booth at the Grandstand, and so on.
※Ticket booths you can buy tickets may be changed depending on the operating days.
■Price : JPY 1,500
※Motopia passport will not give access to this ride. ※Please check the Suzuka Circuit website for the operating days and hours. ※Please be advised that this ride may not be operated due to the schedule for the International racing track. ※Contents are subject to change without prior notice. The operation for the ride may be cancelled in case of rain.
※Please be advised that the operation for the ride may be cancelled in case of rain.
Ticket counter located under Grandstand seats will close upon last call time above.
* Please note that the contents are subject to change without prior notice.
* All the prices mentioned here include tax.
* Photos and illustrations used here are just images.