Akihiko Nakaya (中谷明彦 Nakaya Akihiko, born November 3, 1957) is a successful racing driver in the Japanese Touring Car Championship and F3000, as well as regular presenter on the Japanese motoring show Best Motoring. Nakaya offered a distinctively analytical approach to reviewing cars on the show, providing detailed analyses of various vehicle components and explaining certain driving styles that were best suited to their characteristics. He was a regular driver of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions during Best Motoring races involving the I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Makinen editions, VII, and VIII of the car, often recording lap times significantly quicker than other drivers of the same vehicle.
Nakaya's name was applied to a special preface-build of the Mitsubishi FTO – the Nakaya-Tune FTO, which appeared in 1997.
Nakaya was considered for a Formula One ride with Brabham in 1992, but the FIA would not grant him a superlicense on the grounds that Japanese F3000 was not considered a stepping stone to F1. The ride eventually went to Giovanna Amati, who was more known for her wealth than talent.
Complete World Touring Car Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1987||Ralliart Australia||Mitsubishi Starion Turbo||MNZ||JAR||DIJ||NUR||SPA||BNO||SIL||BAT
|STP Mitsubishi Ralliart||FJI
† Not eligible for series points
Complete Bathurst 1000 results
|1986||53||Mitsubishi Ralliart||Brad Jones||Mitsubishi Starion Turbo||B||61||DNF||DNF|
|1987||16||Ralliart Australia|| Gary Scott
|Mitsubishi Starion Turbo||1||154||5th||4th|
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