Toyota Supra previewed with GR Supra Racing Concept

Audrey Hill
March 7, 2018

Toyota says the GR Supra Racing Concept demonstrates its commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market.

It's finally happened: the next-generation Toyota Supra, in the guise of a racing concept, has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, as Toyota had teased last month.

And for Toyota, nothing screams racing vehicle than its Supra series.

As Tada was also responsible for Toyota's last sports auto, we can be absolutely sure that he knows what he is talking about. The GT Supra Racing Concept features a rear-wheel drive configuration and utilizes "advanced lightweight materials" in its construction. Indicating that it's next in sequence after the A40, A60, A70, and A80.

"Fun to drive". That is the spirit of the Supra that TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has attempted to impart on the GR Supra Racing Concept, whether that's on the road, the race track, or even your gaming console. Underneath, a front-engine, rear-drive chassis that's shared with the upcoming BMW Z4 continues the Supra tradition of having an inline-six up front, and the driven wheels at the back. Most notably, the fourth generation Supra, introduced in 1993, became the dominant force in the All-Japan GT racing - today's Super GT series - winning the GT500 class four times.

The suspension has been lowered, while the braking and wheels have been upgraded to racing standards. There's a purpose-built racing dashboard, an OMP driver's seat and a proper safety harness.

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Toyota unveiled its GR Supra Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

To shave off as much weight as possible, the door panels are made from carbon fiber and the cabin has been stripped down to the bare essentials.

The logic behind releasing a racing concept before the production version stems from the firm's belief that competing in motorsport can directly help make better road cars.

Competition safety requirements are met by a full roll cage and fire extinguishers. So after the Supra disappeared in the late-90s, we have been hoping for a new one year after year, for nearly two decades now.

The production version of the Supra will be powered by a BMW inline-6-cylinder engine.

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