With the aim of bringing the emblematic Supra back to the market, Toyota showed in the 88th Geneva Motor Show el GR Supra Racing Concept. With this vehicle, the name and spirit of the most famous model in the illustrious history of sports cars of the Japanese brand was revived.
The Toyota Supra built a reputation both on the streets and on the track by dominating Japan's top-level GT racing series and winning legions of fans. This allowed him to achieve an iconic status that endured over time. In fact, 16 years after the end of its production, it maintained its popularity thanks to its presence in the Gran Turismo video game and to the leading role in the first film in the saga "The Fast and the Furious" ("Fast and furious").
The Supra insignia first appeared on 1978 into a bigger and more powerful version of the second generation Celica, before establishing itself as a successful model in its own right. Known as the A40, the original Supra was followed by three other generations: the A60 in 1981, the A70 in 1986 and the A80 in 1993. This front-engined, rear-wheel drive GT sports car remained in production until 2002.
His reputation for the Supra was greatly enhanced by his success in motorsport. Most notably, the fourth generation Supra, introduced in 1993, became the dominant force in GT racing across Japan, the current Super GT series, winning the GT500 class four times. The Toyota Supra also competed in the American IMSA category in the 1980s and was featured twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1990 decade.
The GR Supra Racing Concept is a compact two-door that has a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration and was built with advanced lightweight materials.
Created by Toyota GAZOO Racing, perfectly expresses the idea of “fun to drive” that is intrinsic to Toyota's commitment to building better and better cars. The large number "90" on its doors is a historical reference to the Supra codename and a great visual clue to the fact that this concept heralds the return of Supra in a fifth generation.
This racing concept has a spectacular body design that includes a large rear wing. It makes extensive use of strong yet lightweight composites for items such as the front and rear bumpers, front spliter and rear diffuser, side skirts, door mirror caps, and rear spoiler. The bonnet and front are made of the same material and have vented air inlets. The windshield and side windows are made of acrylic.
The chassis uses original equipment components. BBS racing wheels with center nut fixing are equipped with racing tires Michelin . The braking system uses Brembo calipers and discs.
The cabin is completely focused on the competition with all the necessary equipment. The doors are lined with carbon fiber panels and the dashboard includes specific instruments. In addition, it complies with all the required safety regulations.
The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept will be featured in a new update to the Gran Turismo Sport video game, developed by Polyphony Digital Inc, and scheduled for release in April 2018.