Tokyo to host FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup 2017 with SUNPROS confirmed as promoter

Tokyo, Japan, (June. 21. 2017) – It began on the Japanese mountain pass (Toge) in the 1980s and now captivates young people all around the world. In 2017, the FIA set unified world regulations for drifting, and now announces the discipline’s first international competition – the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup – on 30 September – 1 October, to be held in Daiba, Tokyo, Japan.

The FIA opened the tender process to find a promoter for the Intercontinental Drifting Cup in July 2016, and based on criteria including the commitment to the event, the competition management and the future development of the sport, it nominated SUNPROS as the promoter. SUNPROS has been hosting the D1 Grand Prix since 2001, and is confident that the drift culture born in Japan will be sent around the world with the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup.

FIA President, Jean Todt, said, “This is the beginning of a very important category for the FIA. As we continue to develop motor sport around the world, drifting has a great appeal to young people and has a passionate core following which is only going to get bigger.

“With the creation of the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, we are building the framework for a standard format which will help the sport continue to grow from grass roots level to more professional competitions globally. We are setting the standard for what I’m sure will be a hugely successful form of motor sport.”

Following the FIA’s appointment of SUNPROS, President of SUNPROS, Mr Saita, said, “We are proud to be able to hold a world competition in Japan with a form of motor sport that originated here. At the same time, I want to contribute to the expansion of drifting competition all over the world – this is an exciting time for this discipline.” Mr. Isao Saita is also the founder of D1.

More information for competitors, media and spectators will be released in due course.

Event details

Competition Name:FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup

Date: 30 September – 1 October 2017

Place: Daiba, Tokyo

Information: The first world drifting competition

Governing body: FIA

Promotor: SUNPROS (D1 Grandprix Promotor)

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Media Contact:

Kanae Fukushima

FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup Media Officer

Sponsorship Contact:

Tetsuro Otsuka

FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup Marketing Officer

About the FIA

Founded in 1904, the FIA’s initial aim was to bring coherent governance and safety to motor sport.

The FIA has since grown into a global organization that not only promotes motor sport, but also safe, sustainable and accessible mobility for all road users across the world. As such, the Federation works across three key interlinked areas of activity – Sport, Campaigns and Mobility. 

About the SUNPROS

SUNPROS’s predecessor company was a Japanese automobile magazine company that has been in operation since 1947. Then started a business using video contents as a product from 1988, and started drift competition since 2001. This became the first drift competition in the world, and eventually spreads to the world.

Currently it operates the D1 Grand Prix, and is the cutting edge of drift competition development with the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).