Toyota has revived its most celebrated sports car the Supra, updated for a new generation with a GT racing concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The two-door concept, with a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive configuration, is built to demonstrate the potential for Toyota’s lively car to deliver high performance both on road and track.
“Supra is one of the most beloved Toyota cars of all time, and its nameplate continues to command enormous respect,” says Sean Hanley, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Toyota Australia. “There has been huge public interest in a modern revival of the Supra legend, and this concept points to a sports car deserving of the famous name.”
Carbon fibre and other lightweight composite materials are used extensively throughout the Supra’s bodywork. The bonnet features louvred air inlets. The chassis features lowered front and rear suspension using Toyota components. The BBS racing wheels are fitted with Michelin racing tyres. The braking system uses Brembo Racing callipers, and discs, plus there’s a racing exhaust.
The cabin is competition-focused. There is a racing dashboard, OMP driver’s seat and safety harness. The steering wheel has a quick release and is mounted on a racing column and equipped with a paddle-shift system. The doors are lined with carbon fibre panels, and the dashboard includes a racing display. The windscreen and side windows are made of plastic.
The full roll cage, fire extinguishers, fuel and brake lines, pedal box, battery and wiring looms are all competition standard.
“Revealing a racing concept ahead of a production model highlights that motorsport is Toyota’s proving ground of choice for high-performance vehicles,” adds Hanley. “The GR Supra Racing Concept makes it clear Toyota is developing the Supra to be a true driver’s car.”
The debut of the GR Supra Racing Concept precedes the production version which is expected to hit the market in 2019. Stay tuned.