2019 Toyota Supra to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Toyota has tweeted an image of the all-new 2019 Toyota Supra saying it will be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month and a Supra will race in NASCAR’s Xfinity series.
THE ALL-NEW TOYOTA SUPRA has been spied, teased and talked about a lot over the years, and last night Toyota Europe tweeted a picture of a heavily camouflaged Supra with the line: #ToyotaSupra is back. A90. At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. Now, whether that means the new Supra will be revealed sans camo, whether it’ll be a static display or make a run up the ‘hill’ remains to be seen.
The Supra shares its platform with BMW’s new-generation Z4 and runs a BMW-sourced 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder making 250kW and 500Nm of torque. According to numerous stories stating the bleeding obvious, both the Toyota and BMW will be tuned to offer a different ride and handling experience.
The day before Toyota Europe tweeted about the Supra, Toyota US revealed that the Supra would be going back to the Xfinity second-tier NASCAR series. The series is a silhouette series but Toyota US said there were design cues from the production car, like the headlights and the front grille.
“When you talk Toyota and cool cars, Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing. “Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to have a race car that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart. We’re confident we’ve accomplished that with Supra, and we hope racing fans the world over will proudly cheer its success on track.”
Toyota worked with its subsidiaries, TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) in Costa Mesa, California, and Calty Design Research, Inc. (Calty) in Newport Beach, California, to develop a Supra for NASCAR competition.
To build the Supra for NASCAR, TRD and Calty scaled Supra to fit within NASCAR’s specifications for race vehicle entries in the NXS.
“We’ve had tremendous success working with Calty to develop race cars that match the look, feel and excitement of their showroom counterparts,” said David Wilson, president of TRD. “We’re confident Calty and TRD have developed another race car, Supra, that is capable of winning races and championships. For Supra to be racing in NASCAR just speaks to how important this vehicle is to us, and that we believe Supra can be a bona fide championship winner.”