Formula Nippon Round 2 race at Suzuka 2011 - in Japanese (10:58)
In-Car Formula Nippon video around Suzuka Japan (1:47)
Formula Nippon video, 2008 Round 5 Suzuka with the Orange TPMS team (5:57)
Formula Nippon is a top-level Japanese open wheel racing series that evolved from Japanese Formula 3000. The Japanese
F3000 series was renamed Formula Nippon in 1996 and was open to various chassis manufacturers, including Lola, Reynard, and G-Force with Mugen-Honda 2.0 liter
motors. In 2002 the chassis was standardized around the Lola B03/05, which was then changed to the Lola FN06 in 2006. In 2006 the engine rules became much
more standardized to control costs, with Honda and Toyota providing engines. In 2009 the series adopted its latest standard chassis, the Swift 017.n (aka FN09).
Formula Nippon has produced some top-level drivers such as Eddie Irvine, Pedro De La Rosa, and Ralf Schumacher, but remains a highly Japan-focused series. The racing
is fast and extremely competitive, comparable to Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, and GP2.