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,[1][2] 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.

Career resultsEdit

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
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 resultsEdit

Year Car# Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1986 53   Mitsubishi Ralliart   Brad Jones Mitsubishi Starion Turbo B 61 DNF DNF
1987 16   Ralliart Australia   Gary Scott
  John French
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo 1 154 5th 4th


  1. ^ "Akihiko Nakaya". Driver Database. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Akihiko Nakaya". Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2014.