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Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept screeches into legend at Geneva

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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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The wheels on the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept are BBS racing units with center-nut attachments for pit changes
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The wheels on the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept are BBS racing units with center-nut attachments for pit changes
The air louvers on the hood of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept are functional and provide both airflow and downforce for the car
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The air louvers on the hood of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept are functional and provide both airflow and downforce for the car
The front air scoop on the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is small, directing air carefully in order to maximize the car's aerodynamics
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The front air scoop on the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is small, directing air carefully in order to maximize the car's aerodynamics
The rear of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept features brake cooling vents, airflow management ducting, and a sports exhaust
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The rear of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept features brake cooling vents, airflow management ducting, and a sports exhaust
Lighting is LED to both maximize efficiency and reduce weight
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Lighting is LED to both maximize efficiency and reduce weight
Toyota's GAZOO Racing team began as a sort of racing club for Toyota employees and has become a professional competition arm for the company
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Toyota's GAZOO Racing team began as a sort of racing club for Toyota employees and has become a professional competition arm for the company
Interior components, such as this race-ready pedal box, are designed with competition in mind
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Interior components, such as this race-ready pedal box, are designed with competition in mind
The driver's quick-release steering wheel is sourced from OMP and includes paddle shifting
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The driver's quick-release steering wheel is sourced from OMP and includes paddle shifting
The driver's digital dashboard in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept can be configured to driver-specific needs
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The driver's digital dashboard in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept can be configured to driver-specific needs
Mounted in carbon fiber, the emergency switches and pre-test buttons are mounted as the center column for the dashboard
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Mounted in carbon fiber, the emergency switches and pre-test buttons are mounted as the center column for the dashboard
OMP also provides the racing seat and harness for the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
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OMP also provides the racing seat and harness for the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The cockpit's roll cage and accessories are all designed for racing specifications in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
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The cockpit's roll cage and accessories are all designed for racing specifications in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The competition-focused cabin of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept includes emergency shut-off and major systems cutoffs running through the passenger's side
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The competition-focused cabin of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept includes emergency shut-off and major systems cutoffs running through the passenger's side
Toyota’s GAZOO Racing arm created the GR Supra Racing Concept as a conceptual GR model for use in class-specific race events
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Toyota’s GAZOO Racing arm created the GR Supra Racing Concept as a conceptual GR model for use in class-specific race events
The GR Supra Racing Concept is both an homage to that bygone racing heritage and a look forward to a future of racing
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The GR Supra Racing Concept is both an homage to that bygone racing heritage and a look forward to a future of racing
Toyota currently competes in the World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship, and the Le Mans 24 Hours circuits through GAZOO
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Toyota currently competes in the World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship, and the Le Mans 24 Hours circuits through GAZOO
Toyota has not revealed much about the concept’s inner workings other than design cues and the interior’s general setup for race-readiness
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Toyota has not revealed much about the concept’s inner workings other than design cues and the interior’s general setup for race-readiness
The bodywork is made up of (unspecified, but probably carbon fiber) composite materials for lightweight strength
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The bodywork is made up of (unspecified, but probably carbon fiber) composite materials for lightweight strength
The racing livery on the concept features a huge “90” on its doors, referencing the car being the fifth-generation of the Supra
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The racing livery on the concept features a huge “90” on its doors, referencing the car being the fifth-generation of the Supra
The rear of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept has a strong accent on aerodynamic flow and the large fin for rear-wheel downforce
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The rear of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept has a strong accent on aerodynamic flow and the large fin for rear-wheel downforce
At this angle, the aero fin is more pronounced on the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
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At this angle, the aero fin is more pronounced on the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The car will first appear digitally in the Gran Turismo Sport video game in April 2018
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The car will first appear digitally in the Gran Turismo Sport video game in April 2018
The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept harkens back to Toyota's golden age of racing in the 1980s and 1990s
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The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept harkens back to Toyota's golden age of racing in the 1980s and 1990s
As the fifth generation of the Supra, the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept carries the company's on-and-off again heritage of racing
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As the fifth generation of the Supra, the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept carries the company's on-and-off again heritage of racing
Like the A40, A60, A70, and A80 models before it, the A90 (fifth-generation) Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is the latest Supra for Toyota
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Like the A40, A60, A70, and A80 models before it, the A90 (fifth-generation) Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is the latest Supra for Toyota
Featuring red and black on white livery with a huge rear aerofin and a ready-for-racing look, the GR Supra Racing Concept is meant to show a modern take on Toyota’s racing heritage
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Featuring red and black on white livery with a huge rear aerofin and a ready-for-racing look, the GR Supra Racing Concept is meant to show a modern take on Toyota’s racing heritage
Toyota is promising a mainstream, non-racing production Supra with the GR Supra Racing Concept
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Toyota is promising a mainstream, non-racing production Supra with the GR Supra Racing Concept
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota is signalling a return to racing with the GR Supra Racing Concept, unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show. Based on Toyota's most iconic sports car, the GR Supra Racing Concept is the forerunner to a new Supra model, the automaker says.

Featuring red and black on white livery with a huge rear aerofin and a ready-for-racing look, the GR Supra Racing Concept is meant to show a modern take on Toyota's racing heritage from the late 1970s to the mid-90s. The Supra was originally a sport-tuned Celica model before becoming its own rear-wheel drive sports car in three successive generations. The fourth-generation Supra GT dominated the All-Japan GT (now Super GT) in the mid-1990s. The Supra also competed in the American IMSA and Le Mans races during that time.

The GR Supra Racing Concept is both an homage to that bygone racing heritage and a look forward to a future of racing. The car will first appear digitally in the Gran Turismo Sport video game in April 2018. The racing livery on the concept features a huge "90" on its doors, referencing the car being the fifth-generation of the Supra. Previous generations of the Supra were the A40, A60, A70, and A80.

The cockpit's roll cage and accessories are all designed for racing specifications in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The cockpit's roll cage and accessories are all designed for racing specifications in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

Toyota's GAZOO Racing arm created the GR Supra Racing Concept as a conceptual GR model for use in class-specific race events. Toyota currently competes in the World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship, and the Le Mans 24 Hours circuits through GAZOO.

Toyota has not revealed much about the concept's inner workings other than design cues and the interior's general setup for race-readiness. The bodywork is made up of (unspecified, but probably carbon fiber) composite materials for lightweight strength while the windows are made of plastic rather than glass, as per race specifications.

The chassis is low and tight, and uses Toyota-sourced original equipment components. Wheels are BBS racing units with center-nut attachments for pit changes. Those wheels are clad in Michelin tires, a partner of GAZOO Racing. Brembo provides the brake calipers and discs.

Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota GR Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Inside, the competition-focused cabin has a racing dashboard, OMP driver's seat with safety harness, an OMP-sourced quick-release steering wheel, paddle shifting, and carbon fiber-lined door panels. A full roll cage, fire extinguishers, etc. are all competition standard.

The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept measures 4,574mm (180 inches) in length, 2,048mm (80.6 in) in width, and 1,230mm (48.4 in) in height with a 2,470mm (97.2 in) wheelbase.

Source: Toyota

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