This Toyota Supra Stunt Video is A Different Level of Awesome
The urge to replicate these stunts is real, folksby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 01:59
The auto and aviation worlds have, in the past, intersected in various ways. From shared technologies to special edition Mustangs to races between supercars and fighter jets, the relationship between these two spaces is real. It’s so real that an automaker like Toyota can take a page from or two from the Red Arrows and perform a ground show that highlights the Supra’s handling and agility and we’re all for it.
Before anything, some of you probably don’t know who the Red Arrows are. The Red Arrows is actually the British Royal Air Force’s precision aerobatics team. The team is the British counterpart to the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. For information’s sake, the U.S. Navy also has its own aerial demonstration team, called the Blue Angels.
Now, Toyota UK came up with this great idea to take a page or two from the Red Arrows and create a ground-bound stunt show where the Supra plays the role of the BAE Hawk, the small and agile fighter jet that the RAF uses largely as a training aircraft for its up-and-coming pilots.
Obviously, Toyota couldn’t actually ask the pilots from the Red Arrows team to do what they do in the air with the BAE Hawk and translate that on the ground with the Supra. So Toyota created its own team, cheekily called the Road Arrows, that’s made up of professional stunt drivers who could take what the Red Arrows do in the air with the BAE Hawk and do (roughly) the same thing on the ground with the Supra. Of course, part of the theatrics includes plenty of precision stunts, screaming tires, and a whole lot of colored smoke.
Toyota released a 70-second video of the stunt show and it is spectacular. Obviously, the Supras are the stars of this show, and the whole point of it is to showcase the kind of handling and control the Supra possesses on the road or, at least in this case, on tarmac with eight other Supras engaged in the same choreographed stunt show.
|Engine||3-liter, twin-scroll, turbocharged|
|Power output||335 hp|
|0-60 mph||4.1 s|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|Curb weight||3,397 lb|