Check out The Stig’s hot lap around the Top Gear Test Track in the new Toyota Supra.
The new A90 Supra looks great, sounds great, and best of all, is producing some impressive lap times at various race tracks around the world. The most famous of which, quite possibly, is the Top Gear Test Track located in Cranleigh, England.
Famously a converted airfield that now has an extremely short course around a few old aircraft hangers, the Top Gear track has seen the biggest automotive names come through in their quest for ever shorter lap times at the hands of Top Gear’s resident test driver, The Stig.
Toyota is no exception. Their Supra sports car is an impressive machine on paper, but how fast is it really? We can now find out thanks to The Stig’s gyrations.
We gotta say right off the bat, The Stig seems to struggle a lot more with the Supra than its power numbers would imply. It’s certainly obvious to see why a storied driver such as The Stig would have trouble keeping the wheel level on ludicrously powerful hypercars like Paganis and Koenigseggs, but the Supra is supposed to be a 335-horsepower sports car with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
Perhaps The Stig might have gone into this lap without as many test laps under his belt. In any case, the final time was still impressive: 1 minute and 23.1 seconds. That matches the Porsche 911 GT3 from the 997 generation as well as the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale. It’s even faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago, an Aston Martin DBS, and a Pagani Zonda C12.
One possible explanation is that the Supra is a lot more powerful than Toyota says it is. Although the engine is advertised for 335 horsepower, dyno tests reveal that to be the rear-wheel power rating. That means the Supra actually has closer to 375 horsepower at the crank.
The Supra is also faster to get from zero to sixty and probably has a higher top speed than anyone would expect if they were to remove the 155 mph limiter. Give The Stig another chance and we might even see it beat that lap time by a few tenths of a second.