The Nürburgring is one of the toughest tracks out there. Located in Germany, this track is known to be the big boys’ playground. When it comes to pushing a vehicle to its limits, most if not all, car manufacturers put them to test here. Cars like the Porsche 911, Ferrari la Ferrari, and the McLaren P1 have all been tested here. The runs are most successful after a couple of practice laps but even the most experienced sometimes are not good enough to evade the mighty wrath of the Nürburgring’s bends or even straights. The latest victim of the wrath was the new fifth-generation Toyota Supra.
During the testing of the Supra prototype, the driver lost control at the Döttinger Höhe section, according to Car Scoops. This is a long straight where drivers put their cars to the test by attempting to achieve the highest speed possible. According to sources on sight, the driver slid off the road into a guardrail. The accident left the car pretty beat up and damaged, but the driver walked away unscathed from the impact.
Toyota is in the final stages of perfecting and fine-tuning the fifth generation Supra ahead of its official debut next year. The Supra is expected to compete against the BMW Z4 which was unveiled in Monterey, California during the Pebbles Beach Concours d’Elegance show.
Despite this accident that has set them back, Toyota confirmed that the new fifth-generation Supra will maintain its authenticity and stay true to its predecessors. The Supra has an inline-six engine and it is rear wheel drive. The car has a BMW 3.0- liter turbocharged engine producing at least 335 horsepower. The hybrid version has a BMW 2.0 liter inline-four turbocharged engine producing at least 260 horsepower.
Toyota confirmed that the Supra’s body is twice as rigid compared to the 86. They borrowed the Lexus LFA’s concept on hardy carbon fiber exterior. The weight is also balanced at a perfect 50:50 ratio. The wheelbase has also been shortened to lower the center of gravity.
As Toyota looks into what exactly caused the accident, let us hope that they will have the car up and running for another test.