The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept was revealed during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This revelation means that the car is headed back to production and resuscitates the great heritage behind Toyota’s most famed sports cars. The mention of the name Supra alone elicits power, handling, and high performance for both the track racing and on-road driving capabilities.
This car’s exterior includes an exciting bodywork design created from “state of the art” lightweight materials. Some of the expected features include a large exterior wing, side skirts, diffusers, and front and rear bumpers. There is a substantial use of lightweight but strong composite materials in its construction to save on weight. The windows, for instance, are expected to be made from plastic materials. There will also be mixed materials for rear and front bumpers, side skirts, front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser…
The hood presents louvered air inlets made from similar materials. This also applies to the side windows and the windscreen. The choice of a single middle exhaust pipe would be an interesting feature to look out for. The chassis consists of a lowered rear and front suspension. You should expect the inclusion of BBS racing wheels. The “carrier of everything” is likely to be fitted the Michelin racing tires (see gallery).
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The interior design of the new Supra Racing Concept is based on the common platform which is “common child” between Toyota and BMW. This platform has already been deployed in the new Z4 sports car. The interior of this car will be more “race-ready” and will include racing seats and dashboard. It also includes a full roll cage and quick-release paddle shifts and steering wheel. The door lining is of carbon fiber panels while the dashboard has a racing display.
You should expect an infotainment system mounting on top of the dash and a number of safety features like fire extinguishers. Interior features like brake fuel lines, battery, pedal box, and wiring looms will all be designed to meet the racing demands for this car. The hood has a noticeable central bulge usually associated with the Mark 4 models.
Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept Interior
Toyota Supra Racing Concept Engine Rumors
This car is expected to use the same engine specifications as that of the BMW series. Specifically, the Supra will use a V6 turbocharged 3.0-liter engine whose horsepower capabilities is 335 hp. The torque for this car is expected to 332 lb-ft. Unlike the BMW model, this car is expected to only have an automatic transmission system to handle its shifting needs. To enhance its performance, the car will come with three pedals. The braking system will feature Brembo racing discs and calipers.
The standard release version of this car is expected to be a rear-wheel drive option. The car has the capacity to move from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The design of this car is expected to give it unique handling capabilities. A lower center of gravity and equal distribution of weight gives this car steady sports settings to conquer any stretch of a road. Apart from the Sport mode, there will be a standard mode for ordinary motoring tasks.
Price and release date
The development of this car is making some significant steps and more details are likely to be revealed during the 2018 New York auto show. The car is expected to hit the track towards the end of 2019. In terms of pricing, it is likely to cost in the region of $100,000, almost twice than regular model (rumors).