Toyota GR Supra GT4 'Concept' Previews Probable Turnkey Racer
While the reintroduction of the Supra will undoubtedly result in custom builds, where cars are purchased only to be gutted and rebuilt as a track day vehicle, Toyota is examining the possibility of doing all that itself. The brand just announced the Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept.
Developed as a “racing study model” based on the GR (Gazoo Racing) Supra, the car is set up to compete in the GT4 European Series. If you’re unfamiliar, the category caters specifically to amateur racing drivers using factory-built race cars available to the public — though custom team builds can be approved by the FIA. While that series is this vehicle’s primary concern, Toyota said the GT4 would also be eligible for the IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge, Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, Super Endurance Series, and more.
Details are spartan right now, and largely irrelevant if you’re not putting in any track time, but the gist is that Toyota modified the car primarily for weight savings and to ensure it holds up to repeated abuse on a circuit. “The GR Supra GT4 Concept is even more light-weight than the commercial Toyota Supra, and is equipped with race specific parts such as roll cage, suspension, brake and rear-wings,” explained the automaker.
Toyota is keen to have the Supra reestablish itself as a force to be reckoned with on the motorsport scene. We would be surprised if this “study” isn’t already deep in development.
The car makes an appearance at this month’s Geneva Motor Show, where Toyota will undoubtedly highlight some of the components added (and removed) to make this a legitimate track vehicle. Anticipate a follow-up announcement some time later re: its planned availability to the public.
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