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Infiniti fan imports Q60 for Japanese drift competition

Tatsuhiro Shibata says he wanted the best-looking race car


Infiniti vehicles are not sold in Japan, but that hasn’t stopped Tatsuhiro Shibata from importing them for his personal use for the past decade. 

Considered to be the brand’s biggest fan in Japan, Shibata, a vehicle restoration specialist turned his new Q60 into an entry in Japan’s top-tier drift championship. He told officials of the Nissan luxury brand that he wanted the “best-looking” racer.

Infiniti Q60 drift
The Infiniti Q60 drift car in action | Infiniti photos

Infiniti was impressed enough that it produced a 2 1/2-minute video of the car in action, as well as a 9-minute behind-the-scenes video about the project.

“In my eyes, the Q60 was the best looking of (Infiniti cars) but they didn’t sell any in Japan,” Shibata is quoted in Infiniti’s news release. “So we had to go to the U.S. to find one.

“It’s simple; I just wanted a good-looking racing car.”

After arriving in Japan, the car was modified for drift competition, where it is driven by Koudai Sobagiri.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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