Toyota GAZOO Racing Developed 2020 Supra Unveiled At Detroit Show

Between winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Rally Championship,  Toyota GAZOO Racing, the international umbrella for Toyota’s global motorsport program, developed the fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global vehicle from Toyota GAZOO Racing.

Toyota GAZOO Racing claimed victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017 and 2018.

Not only was the development of the 2020 GR Supra handled by the racing division, but it’s backed by a 50+ year lineage of unique Toyota sports and GT cars.

The 2020 Supra goes on sale in the summer of 2019 and will be available in two grades – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition which will be based on the 3.0 Premium grade.

Sophisticated New Drivetrain

In a nod to tradition the 2020 Supra is powered by an inline six cylinder engine.

The new 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo inline six-cylinder engine produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. It is matched to a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters driving the rear wheels. Toyota projects 0-60 mph times around in 4.1 seconds, making the new Supra the quickest Toyota-branded production vehicle to date.

Standard on the new Supra is an active differential that utilizes an electric motor and multi-plate clutches to control lateral torque. The active differential precisely controls torque distribution between the rear wheels, with stepless variable locking from 0-100 percent. The differential can control torque distribution between the rear wheels when cornering under both acceleration and braking, enabling greater momentum through a corner. The active differential is also effective at balancing handling by reducing both understeer and oversteer.

The 2020 Supra will offer two driving modes, Normal and Sport. Sport Mode provides track-driving capability by reducing intervention of the traction and stability control functions as well as sharpening throttle response, increasing steering weight, improving transmission shift crispness, more aggressive active differential tuning and amplifying exhaust sound.

Exceptional Chassis Dynamics

A five-link rear suspension and 50:50 weight distribution will provide for exceptional handling.

The front suspension subframe and control arm mounting points are extremely rigid to assure precise cornering characteristics. Aluminum control arms reduce unsprung weight, while high-performance wheel hubs feature increased stiffness. For precise control, the 2020 Supra features a variable assist and variable ratio sport-tuned electric power steering.

The multi-link rear suspension features a five-link configuration formed from lightweight aluminum. The rigid rear subframe, and the bracing that connects it to the body structure that helps ensure extremely precise wheel control.

Toyota GAZOO Racing specified spring and shock absorber tuning. The chassis provides a 50:50 weight distribution.

The 2020 Supra comes standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The tire and wheel sizes are staggered, with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 275/35R19 front tires and 255/35R19 rear. The brake system includes massive 13.7-in. front rotors with 4-piston Brembo calipers.

Track Ready From the Showroom

Track-ready seats with slots for a shoulder harness are among the interior features of the 2020 Supra.

Toyota designed the 2020 Supra to be both an everyday sports car and an occasional track car. To that end, its sport seats, featuring integrated head restraints, were inspired by racing. The seats use a narrow main section combined with the shoulder bolsters to firmly hold the driver and passenger.

Road and track development took place across Europe, including many winding roads through the Alps and countless laps at the Nürburgring track, ice, and snow road testing in Sweden, with further testing in the U.K., Japan, Australia, and the U.S. The new Supra will be not be built in Japan, but rather at a facility in Austra that had previously manufactured sports cars for Porsche.

Just the Beginning for Toyota GAZOO Racing

Starting with the 2020 Supra, Toyota GAZOO Racing will transfer technical learnings from the race track or rally stage to the development of not just new generations of Toyota’s sports-focused GR models, but also to its wider range of vehicles, driven by people around the world.

About the author

Art Michalik

Art has served in marketing functions at various aftermarket manufacturers, driven in autocross events and in road racing in a car of his own construction, and even managed a world-famous racing school.
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