This isn't the actual Toyota Supra yet, but the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept essentially confirms the commitment of the Japanese carmaker to resurrect the legendary nameplate. Likewise, Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept marks the return of the Supra name, around 16 years after it was last used on a vehicle. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is being displayed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The GR Supra Racing Concept is a compact, two-door car with a pure front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. A concept created by Toyota Gazoo Racing – the international umbrella organization for Toyota's global sporting program -- GR Supra Racing Concept is packaged in a body that measures 4,574 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width, 1,230 mm in height as well as 2,470 mm in wheelbase.
It extensively employs strong yet lightweight composite material for the wide front and rear bumpers as well as front splitter and rear diffuser. The same material is also used for side skirts, door mirror housings and its massive rear wing, as well as the hood featuring louvered air inlets. The windscreen and side windows of the concept are made of plastic.
Featuring lowered front and rear suspension systems, the GR Supra Racing Concept rides on BBS racing wheels (with center-nut attachment) shod in Michelin racing tires. Its braking system uses Brembo Racing calipers and discs. True to its motorsport intent, the concept dons a racing exhaust.
The competition-focused interior features a racing dashboard with a racing display, OMP driver's seat and safety harness as well as OMP quick-release steering wheel with a paddle shift system. The doors of the GR Supra Racing Concept are lined with carbon fiber panels.
Since the GR Supra Racing Concept is intended for the track, its fuel and brake lines, battery, pedal box and wiring looms are designed to competition standard. Safety elements include a full roll cage and fire extinguishers.
The exterior of the new GR Supra Racing Concept is wrapped in white, red and black livery featuring a large "90" race number on the doors. This race number is a historical reference to Supra's codename. The race number also indicates the value of the concept as the vehicle that confirms the return of the Supra for the fifth generation.
The GR Supra Racing Concept will be in a new update of the Gran Turismo Sport video game, as scheduled for release in April 2018.
The Supra badge was born in 1978, appearing on a more powerful version of the second-generation Celica – the Celica XX (A40). The second generation of the Supra (A60) was introduced in 1981. It was only in the third generation of the car (A70 in 1986) that Supra became a totally different model from the Celica. The fourth generation (A80) was launched in 1993 and remained in production until 2002. The fifth generation of the Supra is expected to arrive in 2020.