Toyota Gazoo Racing will launch the GR Supra GT4, a car for customer teams in 2020*1. The announcement comes after the unveiling of the GR Supra GT4 Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, and the participation of the GR Supra at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in June.
The GT4 category*2 is popular with private race teams around the world due to its low cost and ease of entry. GT4 cars are eligible to participate in a variety of races across the globe, including the Super Taikyu Series in Japan, the GT4 European Series and the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring in Europe, and the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series in the U.S.
Toyota Gazoo Racing claims it will strengthen its focus on customer motorsports to allow people to freely participate in races, and to develop cars using the feedback gained through race participation. The GR Supra GT4*3 is based on the GR Supra― Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first-ever global model released earlier this year. It is developed and produced by Toyota Motorsport GmbH and is powered by a turbocharged 3-liter engine.
The GR Supra already participates in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in North America and, from 2020, is scheduled to compete in the Super GT GT500 Class in Japan. The GR Supra GT4 will allow motorsports fans to watch the GR Supra compete on circuits around the world.
To develop the GR Supra GT4, Toyota Gazoo Racing has joined forces with three technical partners: Ravenol, Pirelli and Akrapovič. Ravenol will provide lubricants, while Pirelli will collaborate on tire development and Akrapovič will cooperate on developing motorsport-specific exhaust systems. Details regarding the specifications of the GR Supra GT4, including its selling price, sales area and release date, are scheduled to be announced later this year.
- *1 Customer teams ( private teams) purchase race cars from manufacturers that are modified versions of production vehicles and enter them into races.
- *2 GT4 vehicles are sold to race participants and cannot be driven on public roads.
- *3 GT4 is a category for production race cars based on SRO-regulated Grand Touring cars; it is positioned one rank below GT3.