Shortly after Hamilton posted the video to Instagram, the business allegedly owning the GT-R responded.
UPDATE: We spoke with Omoshiro Rent-A-Car, which confirmed the R34 in question was rented by Hamilton or parties related to him on the trip to Japan, which took place during the Japanese Grand Prix. "Under the guidance of our attorneys, we are unable to disclose any further information," said Omoshiro to CarBuzz. Damage to the vehicle, if any, has not been disclosed.
A video of F1 champ Sir Lewis Hamilton doing donuts in an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R began circulating this week. The alleged owners of the car, Japan's Omoshiro Rent-A-Car, aren't happy with Hamilton's treatment of the JDM legend. Omoshiro appears to run a Twitter account under the handle "info82262789," and we've reached out to the company for confirmation.
The account's statement, liked by nearly 14,000 people as of this article's publishing, reads as follows: "This is a car from Omoshiro Rent-A-Car, but it was not taken with permission from our company. Such driving is strictly prohibited."
Hamilton shared the video via his Instagram account, though it appears the footage was originally made by an Instagram account with the handle "13thwitness."
That account belongs to Timothy McGurr, a photographer and videographer who regularly photographs Hamilton both on and off the track.
While we wait for confirmation as to the ownership of the white R34, we did some digging. Speculatively, the car Omoshiro rents is the one in the video. Omoshiro rents the car in question for $347.17 USD per day. There are a few key giveaways, and we've included photos from Omoshiro's site to compare.
Perhaps the most obvious is the wheels, which appear to be the same set of bronze wheels with a polished rim. There's also a distinct gap in the hood panel seen in the photos and video, as well as an aftermarket stereo briefly visible. Finally, we note that the steering wheel and shifter appear to be the same.
It's no surprise that Omoshiro's agreements specifically prohibit aggressive driving, especially on what appear to be public roads. Many exotic car rentals here in the States do the same. As of this article's publishing, Hamilton has not responded to Omoshiro, at least not publicly. However, a number of comments on his Instagram post now address the claims.
Feelings on Lewis's driving aside, if the video took place on public roads without Omoshiro Rent-A-Car's express consent, then Hamilton is in violation of the rental agreement. At the end of the day, regardless of circumstance, the seven-time world champion broke the cardinal rule of hoonage - never post your hoonage online, whether it's in a classic like the R34, or its modern equivalent, the Nissan GT-R.