The Honda N-One Owner's Cup Is the Most Adorable One-Make Series

As a cheap way to go racing, this Honda-sanctioned series is brilliant.

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The racing in the Honda N-One Owner's Cup isn't what you'd call "fast," but I'm still entertained by what's going on here. This has to be the most charming racing series on the planet.

As the name sort of suggests, it's a one-make series for the Honda N-One, a Kei car sold in Japan only. With a turbocharged 660cc inline three-cylinder cranking out 64 horsepower, a CVT gearbox, and a tiny, square body, the N-One is designed to be a practical city car that pays homage to the original Honda N600. What it was most assuredly not designed to do is dive into wheel-to-wheel competition, but people will race anything that moves, so to some folks, the N-One is a race car.

The series is sanctioned by Honda itself and it's open to anyone with an N-One and a Competition A license from the Japan Automobile Federation. Cars must be fit with a roll cage and a tow hook, while the driver must wear a full fire suit with a HANS device. Once the car is stickered up, it's good to go. The cars even run on regular old street tires.

The Cup consists of 15 rounds held at some of Japan's great circuits, including Suzuka, Fuji, Tsukaba, and the Twin Ring Motegi. To us, it sounds an awful lot like the entry-level race series in Gran Turismo games. It makes a lot of sense, too, as a cheap way to go racing safely in great locales.

In the US, we'll just have to watch videos of the massive grids of tiny cars and dream.

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