Toyota GR previews Supra Racing concept
6th Mar 2018 5:33 pm
Showcased at Geneva, the two-seater concept previews the new Toyota Supra; will feature a 340hp engine and advanced lightweight materials.
The 2019 Toyota Supra is being developed alongside the new BMW Z4, and is set to be powered by a 340hp motor. Both cars have been spotted testing in camouflage, and BMW has already shown a Z4 concept.
The GR Supra Racing Concept shown at Geneva has been created by the firm's motorsport division, Toyota Gazoo Racing. It is rear-wheel drive, and the firm says "advanced lightweight materials" have been used in its construction, particularly on the large rear wing, front and rear bumpers and diffusers, and side skirts. The windows are made from plastic to save weight.
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 concept's chassis gets lowered front and rear suspension, and features a competition-focused interior with a racing dashboard and seats. It also has a quick-release steering wheel, paddle shifts and a full roll cage.
The concept comes in a racing livery featuring the number 90, which the firm says is a historical reference to the Supra's codename, and a clue to it previewing the fifth generation of the model. The original Supra was launched in 1978 and was known as the A40; it was followed by the A60 in 1981, the A70 in 1986 and the A80 in 1993.
Previously leaked details suggest the road-going Supra will weigh 1,495kg and be capable of 0-100kph in 3.8sec.