Toyota has big plans for their new Supra sports car, including an even lighter version to tear up the track.
Although they have yet to take off the red, black, and white camouflage, Toyota is still touring their new A90 Supra around like proud parents. We got our first really good look at the upcoming sports car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and since then Toyota cannot seem to stop talking about it.
Case in point, a new interview with Top Gear from Gazoo Racing head and chief Supra designer, Tetusya Tada. His biggest bombshell was to report that he’s very interested in taking the Supra to the next level with a lighter, track-focused version.
“At some point I would like to make a track-limited Supra with less weight,” Tada said. “We’re already making a racing version so we know if you take out 100kg it’s a completely different car – you don’t even need any more power.”
As to whether or not the car will be road-legal, that’s still an open question. “We’re investigating both avenues, there’s always a trade-off because being road-legal brings restrictions.”
Toyota has been out of the sports car game for quite some time, and even though they’ve got plenty of racers out in things like Formula One and Le Mans, but they’re still not sure just how and where to slot the new A90. We’re told that the Supra will show up in NASCAR of all places, but it will be little more than a Supra body over a stock car chassis.
The Japanese carmaker doesn’t seem to have any doubts as to the Surpa’s performance and is thus considering entering the LM GTE circuit which would put the A90 against Ferraris, Astons, and Porsches. The Porsche Cayman, in fact, served as the Supra’s performance benchmark during joint development with BMW.
Under the hood is a BMW-sourced B58 3.0-L turbo inline 6-cylinder which is believed to produce around 300 hp (Toyota hasn’t confirmed the exact number yet). An 8-speed automatic drives power to the rear wheels while the engine remains firmly in the front of the car.
So why the return to sports cars after a nearly decade-long absence? “What’s changed is what Toyota sees as success. We were pursuing numbers and profit margins, which are still important, but we’ve started to appreciate the value different cars can bring to customers.
“It all started when Akio took the reigns. Numbers are one thing, but it’s the feeling that matters.”