Toyota has revealed the Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept, giving us a preview of the actual Supra road car that’s due in 2019.
Along with the new racing concept came the official confirmation of the new Supra, with Toyota saying that “this concept heralds Supra’s return in a fifth generation”.
As for the concept, it features a rather dramatic bodywork, including the wide fenders and the crazy aero kit featuring a huge rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing. Imagine the car without them and you will get a pretty good idea of what the new Toyota Supra is going to look like.
“Yes, the Supra is returning,” said Johan Van Zyl, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Europe. “This concept is a clear signal of our intention to bring back one of our most legendary sports cars to the market. This baby, developed by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, is a thoroughbred designed for the race track.”
“The best way of taking our ‘Supra Hero’ into a new era. It has been made light, compact and, of course, fast.I think you will agree it looks amazing!”
Composite materials have been used in parts like the front and rear bumpers, front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts and rear wing. The same goes for the louvered bonnet while all the glasshouse is made out of plastic, because racecar.
The interior is pure competition-spec as its fitted with a racing dashboard and a single bucket seat for the driver. A full roll cage, the inner door carbon panels and a quick-release steering wheel are just some of the concept’s interior features.
Although Toyota hasn’t released any technical details yet, it says that the concept, which was created by Gazoo Racing, employs the classic front engine/rear-drive configuration and perfectly expresses the return of the fun-to-drive character in its models.
The racing livery of the GR Supra Racing also has the number 90 on its doors, a historical reference to the Supra’s codename.
The actual road version of the new Supra will arrive in 2019, but if you feel impatient Toyota will release the GR Supra Racing concept in the Gran Turismo Sport video game this April.
Article updated with images from the Geneva motor show