Find a car review

Make
Model

Toyota GR Supra GT4 to officially go racing

The Toyota Supra has been revealed in its new GT4 racing form

Toyota has officially announced that its Supra GT4 will go racing in global GT4 racing series as a customer racer. It has already been previewed in concept form at the Geneva motor show, and more recently seen at the Nurburgring 24h race (with an unfortunate end).

Developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing, the Supra GT4 is lower and longer than the road-going model for added stability, whilst also retaining the road car's design features. A new diffuser and rear wing improve airflow, reducing drag and increasing downforce. These new parts aren’t made from carbonfibre, though, but from natural fibres such as hemp and flax to reduce the environmental impact. Inside, the standard interior has been stripped out, with a roll-cage, FIA-spec OMP racing seat, fire extinguisher and motorsport-specific fuel tank and fast refuelling system in its place.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

> 2018 Toyota Supra review

The same MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension from the road car can be found on the GT4, but with uprated competition springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars to bring it up to race spec. Components such as the drive shaft and limited-slip differential are also reinforced to cope with the demands of the track, with new Brembo brakes and five-hole OZ 18-inch racing wheels also making an appearance. Power comes from the same BMW-derived turbocharged 3-litre six-cylinder, with added power thanks to a new ECU and bespoke wiring looms.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Choosing GT4 due to its accessibility for privateer teams, the Japanese marque created the concept to explore how the new Supra could be used as a competitive racer. With the road car sporting 50:50 weight distribution, a two-seater cabin, rigid chassis, rear-wheel-drive layout and a low centre of gravity, it has valuable traits when used in a series where Balance of Performance is enforced. A short wheelbase and wide track also give the car a 1.55 ‘golden ratio’, aiding stability and agility.

The Supra GT4 racer will be available to racing teams next year, and will challenge rivals like the Porsche Cayman GT4, BMW M2 GT4 and others like it. 

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/mercedes/gle/201748/2019-mercedes-gle400d-review-a-worthy-original
Mercedes GLE

2019 Mercedes GLE400d review – a worthy original

12 Sep 2019
Visit/porsche/porsche-911-carrera-4/201744/2019-porsche-911-carrera-4-and-carrera-4-cabriolet-detailed
Porsche 911 Carrera 4

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet detailed

12 Sep 2019
Visit/mercedes/201726/mercedes-amg-electric-car-to-target-porsche-taycan-and-tesla-model-s
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG electric car to target Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S

10 Sep 2019
Visit/volkswagen/18328/2020-volkswagen-id3-revealed-vws-electric-revolution-is-here
Volkswagen

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 revealed - VW’s electric revolution is here

9 May 2019

Most Popular

Visit/mclaren/201759/new-mclaren-gt-review-woking-muscles-in-on-aston-martins-home-ground
McLaren

New McLaren GT review – Woking muscles-in on Aston Martin’s home ground

Is McLaren’s first grand tourer just a toned-down supercar, or something more nuanced and special?
17 Sep 2019
Visit/opinion/201760/its-time-car-makers-gave-us-the-wheely-good-alloys-for-free
Opinion

'It’s time car makers gave us the wheely good alloys for free'

The problem with the proliferation of alloy wheel choices is that it's exposing us to deliberately cack wheel design
17 Sep 2019
Visit/review/201600/milltek-volkswagen-up-gti-review-tuner-takes-supermini-to-145bhp
Review

Miltek Volkswagen Up GTI review

VW’s Up GTI is already a favourite of ours. Can Milltek’s upgrades improve it further?
16 Sep 2019
Visit/features/22872/goodyear-eagle-f1-supersport-the-toughest-test-advertisement-feature
Advertisement Feature

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport (advertisement feature)

We went to Bedford Autodrome to find out what evo readers think of Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 SuperSport Ultra Ultra High Performance tyres
10 Jul 2019