Toyota has unveiled its new Supra NASCAR ahead of the 2019 race debut, when it will succeed the company’s Camry vehicle racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NSX), which is located below the main Cup championship.
The decision comes in the context of plans to promote the upcoming Supra road car, which is due for launch soon after the Supra-NASCAR goes first in the race in February.
The NASCAR race, developed by the Toyota Racing Department (TRD), has obvious connections with the road car, including a V-section with his bonnet, and unique on the NASCAR grid. But otherwise, the car’s look is designed by the regulations.
It shares no resemblance to the roadgoing Supra; such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang riders also in the NSX, it is a so-called silhouette of a rider, built around a chassis frame that uses a 5.8-liter pushrod v-8 engine producing up to 700bhp in race trim.
The roadgoing Supra is paired with the new BMW Z4 and has been spotted testing several times. It will use a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line dual overhead cam engine producing 335bhp at 5500rpm and 332lb ft of torque at 1380-5200rpm, according to leaked specifications.
Although not confirmed, it is planned to be marketed under the Toyota Gazoo performance arm, who rose into the spotlight last year after Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid endurance prototype that won the 24 Hours of le Mans.
Supra will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week.
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