It's time for some automotive eye candy, in three different flavors. All were shot by Luke Huxham, the Japan-based Kiwi expat filmmaker whose work we previously saw in "In Tokyo, at the Intersection of Gangster Culture and Lamborghinis."
The first video is a low-key look at a highly unusual situation in Japan: The unnamed man in the video has, against all odds, acquired a freaking street-legal Group C* racecar. You'd think he'd keep it under a tarp and trailer it out to a closed track on weekends; but nope, he hops into his Porsche 962C when he wants an energy drink from the local convenience store:
The second goes heavier on the adrenaline. Here a bunch of professional racing maniacs throw a variety of exciting cars—a Nissan Skyline GT-R, a Subaru WRX STi, a BMW Z4, a right-hand drive Ford GT40—into a hill climb at the twisty Hakone mountain road, which one racer calls "Japan's Nurburgring." (If you watch it with headphones on, you'll get a gut-wrenching thrill out of the throttle note on the Skyline and the in-car revs-and-shifting noises of the WRX.)
I dug that in the video above, the drivers openly discuss the prominent place of fear in the proceedings.
This last video is pure advertising, but still fun to watch. Here BMW rustles up a group of pro drifters to put their M235i—actually, five M235i's—through what looks like some shockingly dangerous choreography:
CG, you say? Not, judging by the looks of the making-of video:
*Most of you have heard of Formula One and NASCAR, but may not be familiar with the closed-top prototype racecars of the GTP and later Group C racing series. Racing nerds may take issue with my recollection from the '80s, but Group C racing was an innovative program that placed limits on fuel consumption for each race; that meant that rather than just beefing up the turbochargers and burning more fuel to go faster, car manufacturers were forced to figure out how to build more efficient, not more powerful, prototypes.
This restraint yielded a Star-Wars-cantina-like level of technological diversity, where you had naturally-aspirated V12s racing twin-turbo V8s racing rotary engines. Additionally, the races were 1,000-kilometers-plus, demanding durability and endurance from the cars. The series attracted British, French, German, Italian, Japanese and American car companies, and later, deep-pocketed privateers. It was eventually disbanded in the '90s due to regulations changes.