Autobacs Seven Co. Ltd. (also known as Autobacs or ASL) is a Japanese manufacturer and supplier of automotive parts and accessories. It first appears in Gran Turismo Concept, and has appeared in every main game since, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport.
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The company was founded by Toshio Sumino, in 1947 at Fukushima-ku, Osaka as Fuji Syokai Co., Ltd. A year later he opened a second branch in Osaka. In 1960 Sumino opened the first large scale automotive goods store, the Fuji Drive Shop and in 1969 he was involved in motorsport sponsorship by sponsoring a car in the Japanese Grand Prix. In 1974 he opened the first of the Autobacs store "AUTOBACS Higashi Osaka Store" in Daito, Osaka. In the following year, Autobacs would run its first franchise store "AUTOBACS Hakodate Nakamichi Store" in Hakodate, Hokkaidō. In 1977 Autobacs would start to develop and sell its own motor oil and tire to be sold in its own store, and at the end of the decade opened their 100th store, and in 1984 opened their 200th store.
In 2001, Autobacs bought out the custom car manufacturer Tommy Kaira and renamed the brand ASL(Autobacs SportsCar Laboratory). ASL soon went on to release versions of one of Tommy Kaira's latest cars, the ZZ (which was named the Autobacs Garaiya). A JGTC version was built for the Japanese Touring Car series in 2003. A prototype version of the Tommy Kaira ZZ-II was built by ASL, codenamed RS01, but the car was never put into production.
In Gran Turismo
In GT Concept
In GT PSP
As a chain of automotive accessory and maintenance shops, Autobacs also sponsors following JGTC/Super GT cars, of which it has been series title sponsor since 1998:
- Nissan ARTA ZEXEL SKYLINE GT-R GT (JGTC) '99
- Nissan Xanavi ARTA Silvia GT (JGTC) '99
- Honda ARTA NSX '00
- Toyota SUPERAUTOBACS APEX MR-S '00
- Honda ARTA NSX '06