Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota Gazoo Racing showed the world the Supra GT4 Concept, a preview of its GT4 race car.
Now it’s time to see the real thing as Toyota’s racing division has announced it will enter two cars in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring Endurance Race: a GR Supra and a Lexus LC.
For obvious reasons, we’ll focus our attention on the Supra race car which will run its first Nürburgring 24 Hours from June 20 to June 23. Toyota released two photos of the car which seems to feature an identical aero package with the Supra GT4 Concept.
The grueling endurance race won’t be the Supra’s first race on the “Green Hell”, however. The car also competed in shorter races from the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring last autumn even before the road car launched — which is why it featured a full camouflage livery at the time.
Now, however, there’s no need for camouflage anymore. That doesn’t mean the racing Supra no longer has secrets, quite the contrary. Toyota says both the Supra and the Lexus LC that will compete in the 24-hour race “will incorporate and refine parts and advanced technologies intended for future road cars.” That sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
The Supra will carry number 90 and will compete in the SP8T class which allows body modifications and is for cars featuring engines with up to 4.0-liters of displacement with forced induction. The racing Supra packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six closely related to the production car.
Toyota’s goal for the Nürburgring 24 Hours this year is to complete the race. The Supra will be driven by a team of four drivers consisting of Masahiro Sasaki, Uwe Kleen, Herwig Daenens, and Hisashi Yabuki. The Lexus LC competing in the SP-PRO Class with number 56 will feature an all-Japanese crew including Takeshi Tsuchiya, Naoya Gamo, Takamitsu Matsui, and Yuichi Nakayama.