A prototype version of the highly-anticipated (and soon-to-be unveiled) Toyota Supra coupe was involved in a crash that happened on the Nurburgring during testing late Tuesday afternoon. Our spies were there to capture the aftermath and tell us the back story that led to the accident.
“The Toyota Supra crashed in the Döttinger Höhe section which is a very long straight where cars are driving at high speed,” our man on the ground told us.
“For unexplained reasons, the car crashed into the right guardrail and come to rest on the left part of the track. Nobody was injured and the driver is fine and nothing has happened to him. Only the prototype was heavily damaged on the right side at the front and the rear wheel arch and had to be towed away in a truck. The suspension of the rear wheel is also broken.”
Like they say, accidents do happen and, over the years, we’ve seen a multitude of prototypes and test mules crash, with some incidents being more serious (and deadly) than others, including these:
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The re-born Supra has been developed in technical partnership with BMW, which has already revealed their version in the form of the new generation Z4 roadster. The two cars share the same chassis, with the venerable Japanese nameplate promising to be the more dynamic of the two.
While Toyota has yet to provide specific details, recently leaked information claims that it will weigh under 1,500kg (3,306 lbs), which makes it around 250kg (550 pounds) heavier than the Toyota 86 / GT86, but about 15kg (33 lbs) lighter than the fourth-gen Supra from the mid-1990s.
Planned as a halo model to bring more emotional appeal to the brand, the new Supra will offer two turbocharged engines sourced from BMW: the 2.0-liter B48B20 four-cylinder producing a little over 260hp, and the 3.0-liter B58B30 unit with 335hp.
The all-new Supra, codenamed A90, wll be revealed later this year and go on sale in the first half of 2019.