Toyota unveils race version of much-awaited Supra

Terry Joseph
March 7, 2018

There really is a new Supra coming, which Toyota obliquely confirmed in the press release for the new GR Supra Racing Concept that's being shown off at the Geneva Motor Show. Most (or let's be honest, all) of us won't ever get that chance, but there's a consolation inside this consolation: the GR Supra Racing Concept is being added to Gran Turismo Sport in an April update.

Toyota has not released full technical details of the concept but says that it will express the "fun to drive" quality of the firm's sports cars.

The sheetmetal faithfully echoes that of the stunning FT-1 concept that Toyota wheeled out at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show, though the bumper plastics deviate significantly from the form of that concept. The GT Supra Racing Concept features a rear-wheel drive configuration and utilizes "advanced lightweight materials" in its construction. The original Supra, launched in 1978, was known as the A40, and was followed by the A60 in 1981, A70 in 1986 and A80 in 1993.

The GR Supra Concept is the first official sneak peek at the production version of Toyota's reborn sports auto. The Supra also competed in the American IMSA and Le Mans races during that time.

The GR Supra Racing Concept is both an homage to that bygone racing heritage and a look forward to a future of racing.

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Few clues to the production car's interior are given by this concept, with the cabin stripped-out and fitted with a roll-cage, simplified dashboard, racecar steering wheel, fixed bucket seat and featureless door cards. BBS racing wheels, Michelin racing tires, and OMP safety features are just some of the names that are thrown in when describing the GR Supra.

Peer beneath that circuit-inspired veneer and you'll find Toyota's next sports auto, a relatively compact coupe with a classic front engine, rear-drive layout shared with BMW's next-generation Z4 Roadster. Brembo provides the brake calipers and discs.

According to rumours, the vehicle could receive a turbocharged, 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, which is already found in new Lexus products, and could produce about 340 horsepower.

Toyota says this reveal is "similar" to that of the Toyota CH-R, which arrived on roads nearly a year after its race-equivalent's Geneva reveal.

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