Toyota Unveils GR Supra Racing Concept, A Sports Car Legend Returns

07 March, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • 2018 Geneva Motor Show: Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept previews next-gen hero coupe

The GR Supra Racing Concept (GR stands for "Gazoo Racing") revives one of the most celebrated names in the history of Toyota, and though it still isn't a surefire confirmation of an upcoming production model, it can nearly certainly be interpreted as one.

After years of teasers, spy shots and faint whispers, the fifth-generation Toyota Supra finally makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The next-gen A90 Supra has yet to be confirmed for the Australian market and Aussies were cheated out of the last-generation A80 model in the 1990s, however local Toyota boss Sean Hanley is optimistic that the new coupe will come down under. The Toyota Supra still enjoys an iconic status among sports auto aficionados, 16 years on from the end of production. Fingers crossed that Toyota's knowhow in producing fine-handling cars, combined with the expertise of BMW, will ensure the driving experience will sate the appetite of enthusiasts. The concept has a front-engine rear-wheel drive configuration with large rear wings and side skirts.

More specific details on when the Toyota GR Supra will be introduced to Gran Turismo Sport likely won't be known until the update it will be contained in is officially released.

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The full name of this bad boy is the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept. If you aren't convinced by now that this vehicle means business, the large rear wing should make that extremely clear. When it's time to stop, Brembo brakes will bring the GR Supra Racing Concept to a halt in a hurry. OMP has also supplied the quick-release steering wheel, mounted on a racing column and equipped with a paddle shift system.

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.

Toyota will revive the Supra nameplate, and this is our first good peek at what it will look like. By bringing employees into the racing garages and pit lane, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing helps them improve their skills and help them acquire new abilities, working as a team in extreme, high-pressure environments.



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