• Toyota Races Into Geneva With GR Supra GT4 Concept

The production version will race in the FIA GT4 series

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The latest-generation Toyota Supra sparked a great deal of controversy at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but criticism won’t stop the Japanese automaker from expanding the lineup. Having unveiled a NASCAR-spec car in 2018, Toyota brought a GT4 version at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it looks way cooler than the production model.

An Affordable Racer for Privateers

The GT4 is one of the fastest-growing motorsport categories and includes events all around the world

The first race-spec version of the Supra — the NASCAR model doesn’t count since it only looks like one — will compete in FIA’s GT4 series. If you’re wondering why Toyota hasn’t jumped directly on the GT3 bandwagon, it’s because the GT4 is one of the fastest-growing motorsport categories and includes events all around the world. It’s also a good way to grow before joining the GT3 series, where all the big boys compete.

Also developed by Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s motorsport arm, the Supra GT4 is aimed at privateers that want to compete in FIA competitions in Europe, North America, Asia, and even Oceania. GT4-spec cars usually cost less than $200,000, so it will be an affordable option and a good start for drivers who eventually want to join other series in the future.

What Sets it Apart?

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It's lighter than the production car, and it has a lower center of gravity

Loads of stuff. Much like any GT4 car out there, the Supra GT4 features a big spoiler and a revised bumper up front, aggressive side skirts and race-spec wheels, and a big wing atop the deck lid. The package is rounded off by a massive diffuser and all sorts of tiny details that improve aerodynamics and downforce.

It also features race-spec seats inside the cabin, a roll-cage for enhanced safety, and a modified dashboard with a simpler instrument cluster. Toyota also added a race-spec steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and, surprisingly enough, kept the infotainment display on the dashboard. Based on the photos, the unit now gives access to various setup options, including damping, steering, suspension, and so on.

Finally, it’s lighter than the production car, and it has a lower center of gravity. Toyota also enhanced the Supra’s rigidity, which makes the GT4 car quicker in sharp corners

What’s Under the Hood?

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There’s no word about that, but it’s safe to assume that it features a modified version of the production model’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Power figures aren’t available, but output depends on the car’s weight. It’s probably a bit more powerful than the road car, which benefits from 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque in its range-topping form.

The Competition

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The Supra GT4 will go against a long list of cars in this series, all based on their road-going counterparts. The 2018 series was contested by vehicles like the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG GT4, Audi R8 LMS, Aston Martin Vantage, McLaren 570S, and Porsche Cayman. Some outfits also drive the Maserati GranTurismo MC, KTM X-Bow, Alpine A110, Ginetta G55, and Ford Mustang.

Stay tuned for more info on this race car from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept.

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Read our review of the 2020 Toyota Supra

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Toyota proudly presents the world debut of the new Toyota GR Supra GT4*1 Concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show*2, held from March 7 to 17th, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Under Toyota’s global initiative of "ever-better-cars", TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aims to further enhance customer motorsports*3 by developing an environment where motorsports fans can more readily participate and enjoy race activities. In addition, based on the feedback acquired through participation in motorspors, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will look at how to implement improvements in future car development.

Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept
Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept
The GR Supra GT4 Concept was developed as a racing study model based on the GR Supra*4, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s first global model. The model was developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Toyota’s motorsports foothold in Europe, to explore the possibility of using the GR Supra in customer motorsports such as privateer racing.

GT4 is one of the world’s fastest-growing motorsports categories, with national and regional competitions in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. Customers can participate in various races around the world*5 by purchasing commercially available racing-specification cars that have been specially tuned for performance. The commercial Toyota Supra comes standard with high performance specifications such as a light-weight body, a low-center of gravity, and high rigidity. These specifications make it an ideal vehicle to serve as the base for customer motorsports.

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.

Supra has taken part and has played an active role historically in various motor sports worldwide and the all-new Supra will continue this tradition. For 2019, in addition to NASCAR Exfinity Series, Supra will take part in the Nurburgring 24 Endurance Race (plan to take part in SP8T). In 2020, Toyota Supra will also take part in the SUPER GT, GT500 Class.

Moving forward, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will continue to explore and expand the involvement of the ToyotaSupra in motorsports as well as leverage the learning and know-how garnered as it looks to develop "ever-better-cars".

*1 A category for commercially available cars specially tuned for racing, based on GT vehicles (grand touring) regulated by FIA. It is considered a stepping-stone for GT3.
*2 Le 89e Salon international de l’automobile Geneve
Press days: March 5 and 6. Public days: March 7-17.
*3 Customers (private teams) purchase commercial vehicles tuned for races from manufacturers and take part in races.
*4 Name used for marketing and other promotional communications.
*5 Europe: GT4 European Series, VLN, etc.
USA: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, etc.
Asia, Japan: Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, Super Endurance Series etc.
Main specification (internal measurement)
Length 4,460 mm
Width 1,855 mm
Height 1,250 mm
Engine 3.0-litre straight-six-cylinder petrol engine with single twin scroll turbocharger

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