We have all been waiting for the comeback of the Toyota Supra. Patient, we have been considering it’s been 15 years since the Supra was discontinued in 2002. I bet like me, you were excited when Toyota exhibited the FT-1 Concept in 2014 which was the automaker’s first hint that it was planning a comeback for the Supra. If you did not believe it then, the automaker has now made it clear that a new Supra is in the offing with the release of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept which is by all indications an almost ready track-oriented Supra. The concept demonstrates the potential that the Supra will hold both on regular roads as well as on the tracks. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept will feature in the GT Sport Video game to give you a chance to enjoy the Supra before it actually arrives.
Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept Exterior
The GR Supra borrows heavily from the FT-1 Concept. This is not surprising as the FT-1 Concept was the initial design study for a new Supra. However, most of the design features have been toned down to make them ready for production. At the front, the GR Supra Concept features the same headlights, snout and engine hood as the FT-1 Concept. Unlike the FT-1 Concept, the snout is not as aggressive. The bumper has also lost the V-shaped center section whose design was derived from Formula One vehicles. Despite the toning down, the GR Supra front fascia still looks very aggressive with huge bents on the sides, canards at each corner and a gigantic splitter.
The flanks are also quite similar including its character line that starts from the side skirts and stretches to the rear haunches. The greenhouse is also similar but the GR Supra’s roof sits higher. The side skirts look very aggressive while side mirrors and fuel caps have been aero-optimized. The Concept rides on BBS racing wheels in Michelin rubber tires. Stopping power is courtesy of Brembo racing discs and calipers.
The rear end has also borrowed some features from the FT-1 Concept including the sticking out spoiler that is hooked to the trunk-lid. The long taillights are also identical to those of the FT-1 Concept as are the huge side intakes. However, everything else is unique to the GR Supra Racing Concept. The model has a gigantic wing that makes the car a dedicated race car. The concept also features a big diffuser similar to those of race cars. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept also features a single exhaust outlet at the center of the rear bumper as part of its race-spec exhaust system. The tailgate and bubble roof designs are derived from the FT-1 Concept.
For weight-saving purposes, Toyota engineers have used lightweight composite materials for the bumpers, rear diffuser, front splitter, side skirts, rear wing, door mirror housings, and on the engine hood. The side windows and windscreen are made of plastic as is the case with all production race cars.
The interior of the GR Supra Racing Concept is surprisingly almost ready for some track action. This means Toyota is really focused on the racing version of the Supra. I won’t be surprised if the automaker enters the GR Supra Racing Concept in some races later this year. The concept does not have any convenience features that the road-going model will likely have. The model’s dashboard is stripped and the remaining shell is covered with Alcantara. In the place where an infotainment screen is usually placed, the automaker has mounted a new Race-spec screen display for use when racing.
The steering wheel features numerous colors and has four knobs and 12 buttons making it look like a sophisticated PlayStation. The steering wheel also features an OMP quick-release system. The unit also has a small screen that displays important data as well as LEDs that signal to the driver about optimum times to change gears. Above the center console is a carbon-fiber stack that hosts other controls such as the ignition button. The door panels are made of carbon-fiber to save weight. For extra safety, the concept has an OMP seat with a safety harness. It also has a full roll cage as well as fire extinguishers. Although it is just a concept car, the GR Supra looks ready for some action on the tracks.
Engine and performance
The automaker has not disclosed the engine that motivates the GR Supra Concept which is expected for a concept car. Whatever the mill, it will definitely feature race-spec enhancements. According to rumors, the production Supra will feature 4- and 6-cylinder engine options. There is also a likelihood of a hybrid V-6.