The track-only Toyota Supra GT4 sports coupe has been unveiled, and it is designed for “low cost” private race teams around the world.
The FIA GT4 category is internationally recognised and allows teams with eligible cars to compete in various endurance and championship race series across the world, including Australia’s own CAMS-certified Australian GT Championship.
Prototype versions of the Supra as a race car have competed in various events in the past – including the famed 24 hours of Nurburgring – but the Supra GT4 will be the first track-only-from-the-factory Supra available to consumers.
Toyota worked with some big-name partners to develop the GT4.
Toyota says it has worked with Ravenol for the car’s lubricants, Pirelli for its tyres, and Akrapovic for its GT4-specific exhaust system.
The GT4 category is a production car category that is performance-regulated to keep the competition even and eliminate the cost of continuously developing cars for the race teams.
As the cars cannot be too far removed from their road-going counterparts, the Supra GT4 has the same 3.0-litre inline-six engine sourced from BMW. Its body is constructed of steel, but it also relies heavily on carbon-fibre for its interior fittings and additional aero elements.
Toyota's Australian arm said the regions in which the GT4 would be delivered were yet to be announced, but expect the first deliveries globally to be made some time in 2020. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.
The GT4 makes extensive use of carbon fibre components for its interior fittings and wings.
If it arrives here, teams will be able to pit the Supra GT4 against regulation versions of cars like the McLaren 570S and KTM X-Bow raced in the Australian championship.
Toyota says it plans to develop future vehicles from the feedback received from teams that operate the Supra GT4.
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