2019 Toyota Supra NASCAR Race Car
The Toyota Supra is set to return to the market after a 16-year absence. Rumored for many years and teased since 2017, the Supra will make its public debut later in 2018, but Toyota has already introduced a couple of race cars. We’ve seen the first one in the form of an FIA-spec concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, while the second one is a somewhat surprising entry in the NASCAR Infinity series.
Unveiled ahead of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, the Supra replaces the Camry in the Xfinity Series starting in 2019. The
based race car leaves the series after ten competitive years, during which it won four manufacturer championships, two driver titles, and 147 wins as of 2018. This is the first time when the Supra name will be used in any NASCAR series.
Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Supra NASCAR race car.
The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the first true sport truck that Ford has produced since it eliminated the F-150 Lightning following the 2004 model year, and it is coming in nearly uncontested. It’s only real competition comes from the Ram R/T, which is essentially a short-wheelbase Sport model with a set of 4.10 gears, 22-inch rims and a nostril-style hood. Keep in mind, however, that Ram has yet to confirm an R/T model for its 2014 1500.
Now, the new-for-2014 Tremor is set to lead the pack at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the Michigan National Guard 200 race on August 17th. With its twin-turbo V-6 engine pumping out 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the Tremor will have no problem being the pace truck for the upcoming race.
From the looks of things, there are only a few changes that transformed the base Tremor into the Tremor Pace Truck, including the safety lights and a more prominent "F-150 TREMOR" decal on the bed. The two models that will pace the race are draped in the red and pewter hues that we saw when Ford unveiled the model.
We’re uncertain whether this will result in a F-150 Tremor Pace Truck model for the public, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it.
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The Ford Fusion NASCAR and the Dodge Charger NASCAR have just met their competitor for the 2013 racing season: the new Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR. The top-selling sports car in America will make its series debut in February 2013 at the Daytona International Speedway.
The Camaro NASCAR is painted in a very cool blue paint finish and features a unique power-bulge hood and deep recessed grille, as well as distinctive halo light rings and dual-port grille appearances, and the gold bowtie.
"Our team of Chevrolet designers and aerodynamic engineers did a fantastic job capturing the great looks and styling cues of the production Camaro, while providing our NASCAR Nationwide teams with a highly competitive aero platform," said Pat Suhy, manager, Chevrolet Racing Oval Track Group. "For the remainder of 2012, our engineers will be busy working with our Chevy teams on wind tunnel and on-track testing to fine-tune the car in preparation for next year. It will be great to see Camaro compete on the track against its showroom competition starting with the 2013 season opener at Daytona."
In 2010, NASCAR held a summit with representatives of Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Toyota. They wanted to talk about returning brand identity to the cars on the track. You see, over the years, NASCAR race cars have strayed farther and farther from the appearance of the cars they are based on.
NASCAR originally appealed to manufacturers with a "Race on Sunday, sell on Monday" philosophy. But now when you tune-in to a Sprint Cup series race, you will basically see 43 of the same race car with vinyl stickers to let you know what car brand it is supposed to represent. NASCAR is now trying to change all that. They’ve relaxed some of their very strict rules for body design, allowing manufacturers to design the cars to look more like their road-going counterparts.
One car that has already released a rendering of it’s new body is the 2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger. Thanks to the new, more lenient rules, this car looks awesome. With the signature Charger character lines on the side, this race car looks more like the street version than ever. Sam Hornish, Jr. got to test the new NASCAR Charger at a closed test earlier this year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway that was attended by all four manufacturers.
“The car looks the best out of any of the new cars, that’s for sure — nice, sharp lines — and you can see a lot of the street car in the race car." said Hornish "It brings the Charger’s identity back onto the racetrack.”
The 2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger will be unveiled March 11, 2012 in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just before the start of the Kobalt Tools 400. It will compete in its first Sprint Cup series race at next year’s Daytona 500.
UPDATE 03/12/11: The Dodge Charger NASCAR race car was officially unveiled over the weekend. Check out all the photos of the car in the gallery below!
Let it be known that we love ourselves some Dodge Charger. There’s something undeniably cool about the car that belies its undeniable performance capabilities.
Recently, we found out that a special 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit, the very same one that patrols our streets as a police cruiser, will serve as the official pace car for both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races in Phoenix on March 3rd and 4th, 2012. Unlike some of the other pace cars we’ve seen in the past, the Charger Pursuit will be dressed in a matte black finish with matching white accents on the body and a full police livery.
We don’t expect the Charger Pursuit Pace Car to carry the full boat of law-enforcement technology that the police cars carry, but to see one actually taking serving as a pace car for a NASCAR race is beyond cooler words.
We don’t know if the Charger Pursuit Pace Car will carry a 3.6-liter V6 engine that has 292 horsepower or the more powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 370 ponies. Either way, it’s going to be a real treat to watch the Dodge sports car flex its muscles while leading the pack in Phoenix.
Ford unveiled the new generation Fusion in early January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show and, right on cue, it has been followed by the NASCAR version. This is, in fact, the third time Ford has simultaneously launched production and NASCAR versions of a new model. The first dual launch came in 1968, with the sleek fastback Ford Torino and then again in 2006 with the Fusion.
The NASCAR Ford Fusion features a very aggressive stance from the outside and the inside, but keeps the proportions found in the production Fusion. There are brand and design cues on the side of the vehicle and an identifiable front end grill with the distinctive look of a Ford.
"This is a seminal moment in the sport where we had a chance to get it right once again and make sure the race cars are race versions of street cars. And I am proud because I believe we have accomplished just that," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "The 2013 Fusion is a stunning car and the 2013 NASCAR Fusion is even more stunning and I can’t wait to see it perform on the track and connect with race fans."
The new NASCAR Ford Fusion will be enduring its testing season for the entire year and will then have its racing debut at the 2013 Daytona 500 in February.
UPDATE 05/23/12: Ford Racing has unveiled the first livery of the Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup race car. It bears the red and white colors of Motorcraft, which, if you didn’t know, is Ford’s spare parts division. Check out the Fusion’s new digs leading up to its maiden NASCAR voyage this season.
The upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup series races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Richmond International Raceway will get a pinkish treat when a specially themed Chevrolet Camaro SS will serve as the official pace car for the two events.
Decked in an eye-catching pink color finish with all the matching decals, this special edition Camaro will be used in the continuous effort of raising awareness against breast cancer.
While there doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications done on the American muscle car, the significance of its participation in the Sprint Cup will come in the form of $200 donations made by Chevrolet for each caution lap the pink pace car does in the two races.
In society’s continuing battle with the deadly disease, Chevrolet has been one of the fiercest supporters in the fight against breast cancer. “For 100 years, Chevy has been helping people along the journey of life in countless ways,” said Alan Batey, the company’s vice president for Sales and Service.
"Together with our race fans, Chevrolet wants to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer, more birthdays and longer journeys.”
As it stands, the Camaro SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 412 horsepower and 408 lb/ft of torque. Impressive numbers to say the least; but in this particular case, powertrains and engine outputs aren’t all that important compared to the symbolism surrounding the pace car’s pink paint finish.
Every racetrack these days seem to be in the spirit of one-upping the other with their own set of pace cars. The 2011 Quaker State 400 NASCAR event at the Kentucky Speedway, though, will have something a little different in mind. In collaboration with Ford, the Kentucky Speedway is set to unveil a special edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible called “the Kentucky Speedway Mustang Pace Cars”.
Limited to only 43 units to signify the number of entrants that will compete in the inaugural Quaker State 400, the special edition Mustang will come with a number of unique features, including a special exterior package that comes with an all-white paint finish, an “Official Pace Car” badging, a pedestal spoiler, side scoops, a decklid panel, and NASCAR and Kentucky Speedway logos. Each of the 43 Mustangs will be numbered individually for collection purposes, making each of them a true collector’s piece.
Talking about the partnership with Ford, Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said: "It’s natural for us to work together to spotlight the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visit to this region. Ford Racing and our regional Ford dealers are coming through once again with great programs that showcase our ’Quaker State 400’ and the outstanding Ford lineup,"
Those interested in buying one of the 43 limited edition models will also receive free tickets to the Quaker State 400 race on July 9, 2011, as well as an opportunity to drive their Mustang around the track during the parade lap with a Sprint Cup driver.
A special edition Ford Mustang and a chance to drive around an actual NASCAR event during the parade lap? That’s a pretty good deal, if you ask us.