Rumors were abound, but now it’s official: the new Toyota Supra is heading to one of the least likely motorsport series you’d expect to see it in. Or at least its name is anyway.
While it’s not the full-blown Cup Series, the stepping-stone NASCAR Xfinity Series is a hotly contested championship where the likes of Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota do battle. Previously, the Japanese manufacturer has campaigned a Camry-badged machine, but for the 2019 season which kicks off in February at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, the new Supra will be taking its place.
As for how much actual Supra DNA will be in the car, it will least carry the badge and some of the design cues we’re likely to see in the production model scheduled to make an appearance next year. Of course, all cars competing in the Xfinity Series are governed by a strict set of rules that extend to physical dimensions, weight, fuel, engine size, transmission type and power output among many others, so we were never going to see anything but that.
Ultimately, the NASCAR Supra will run a 5.8L V8 with carburetor and a 4-speed manual gearbox inside its tube-frame chassis. That makes it about as far removed from what the sports car we’re hoping Toyota will deliver us in 2019 will be, but this is pretty cool all the same.
I think the Toyota 5.8 liter V8 would make a great option!
Should not be allowed
Ugh! My Eyes! *Facepalm
I don't care what anyone says about this, but i think this is pretty cool and I'm happy that manufacturers are mixing it up a bit.
Is that a Supra!!!???
Basic NASCAR shell with Supra stickers does not equal Supra
Great advertising gimmick. Every American will know the Toyota Supra and hopefully this will help sales of the actual Supra. Unfortunately this failed the the Australian made Chevy SS
"carburetor and a 4-speed ... 2019"
Move along, nothing to see here.
A more important story is that the Supra is coming to Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Cannot wait to see and hear it in the metal, even if still camouflaged. I'll be pestering the Toyota reps as to when they can take my deposit.
This is perhaps one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of. That is one fuckin ugly car.
I just don't get the whole 'x car is in Nascar' nonsense. There's as much of a Supra/Camry/Fusion/Mustang/whicheverChevrolet on those stock cars as there is in a fridge, which is to say not at all. It's a steel cage with a GM engine and some car-shaped plastic around it all.
Wait for the real thing to show up in GT4/GT3/GTE, then we can talk.
supra gt car in japan has a boosted 4-pot, so it's not a real supra either. just sayin'
Wow a Supra going to NASCAR for the first time
Bet that this will be fun with other cars like the Mustang and Camaro
"Carburator and a 4 speed manual gearbox?" LOL...we're in 2018 folks! How can this venue be taken seriously?
And tell me what is wrong with a carburetor or a 4spd?
NASCAR should just call itself a historic vintage racing series, and then we can all sleep better. it's really a joke to call it high-tech, when WEC and F1 and Indy still exist.
Would much rather see them make a GT4 version for the European GT4 series of GT3 for Blancpain/private teams to use in the British GT or other series around the world & obviously Super GT or GT500 (but I don't know much about the Japanese GT series that exist)
WHAT THE !!??? SERIOUSLY ?? OH HEELL
This is what happens when you let Japanese and German engineering excellence breed with Good Ol' American "Know How" you get a race car with down syndrome. It's amazing that the colony of prisoners, down under, figured out a better solution.