The history of JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) in motorsports has deep roots in Japanese automotive culture and industry. JDM stands for "Japanese Domestic Market" and is commonly used to describe Japanese cars and parts that were specifically made for the Japanese market.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Japanese cars started entering international markets, particularly in the United States. Cars from Japanese manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan (formerly known as Datsun), and Mazda gained popularity due to their reliability, fuel efficiency, and affordable price.
In the 1970s, Japan witnessed the emergence of car tuning and modification culture. Young enthusiasts began modifying their cars to improve their performance and style. Various companies and shops specializing in the sale and installation of high-quality parts and accessories for Japanese cars appeared.
JDM became a popular trend in motorsports due to the success of Japanese manufacturers in racing and championships. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and other companies actively participated in various forms of motorsports, including endurance racing (such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans), rallying, drifting, and touring car racing.
In the 1990s, Japanese cars became particularly popular among drifting enthusiasts. Drifting is a driving technique where the rear end of the car slides along the road, creating smoke and controlled oversteer. Japanese cars like the Toyota AE86, Nissan Silvia, and Mazda RX-7 became popular choices for drifters due to their rear-wheel-drive configuration and good handling.
Today, JDM continues to be a popular trend in the automotive world, with enthusiasts and collectors seeking authentic Japanese cars and parts for their performance and unique style.