Ride with the illegal street racers of Japan


Street racing in Japan

For most of us, our knowledge of Japanese street racing culture is limited to the Hollywood stylings of The Fast and the Furious franchise, where highly modified turbocharged saloons hiss boost pressure and illuminate the roads with garish neon under-body lighting.

In reality, little is known about the origins of a car scene that has influenced much of the rest of the world. Now, however, a documentary crew has spent time riding along with the infamous Kanjozoku - the street racing elite of Osaka.

Taking to the city's outer ring road – affectionately referred to simply as 'the loop' – this stretch of pristine tarmac serves as a playground for the Kanjozoku, as they avoid the authorities and regular commuters in their quest for kicks, pitting their cars against the best racers the city has to offer.

Far from being a voyeuristic clip filled with tyre smoke and gesticulating youths (though there is some of that, too), this short film explores the sub-culture in depth, covering its history, the players and their chosen rides.

Of course, it goes without saying you shouldn't try to recreate anything you see below on the North Circular, not that you'd get very far.