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Toyota Unveils Supra GTE Concept

Toyota unveils GR Supra Racing Concept concept at Geneva Motor Show…

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Toyota has taken the wraps off its GTE-inspired racing concept of the all-new Supra Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show.

The GR Supra Racing Concept, built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH to GTE specifications, coincides with the planned launch of the production car for the 2019 model year.

Few details have been released, although it’s understood the Japanese manufacturer has no imminent plans to compete in GTE-Pro, amid its current LMP1 commitment in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

However, a future move to the production-based ranks appear to not have been completely ruled out.

“We cannot comment specifically on future racing plans other than to say we are considering various possibilities,” a Toyota spokesperson told Sportscar365.

The Supra GTE concept follows the unveil of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GR Super Sport concept in January, a car featuring the same hybrid powertrain as the Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 car.

Toyota’s sister company Lexus had conducted GTE feasibility studies last year but has since ruled out a program for the short-term, as the manufacturer sets its sights on possible DPi involvement for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. FlyingLobster27

    March 6, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I must say, Toyota has brought out some very exciting concept cars lately.
    It may or may not enter GTE (not that it needs to be actually produced to do so), but it would be great to see it race in Super GT – in GT500 ideally, for a Supra v NSX v GT-R match!

  2. Matt

    March 6, 2018 at 5:30 am

    *builds GTE car*
    *doesn’t race it*
    Yeah that makes sense. Because everyone knows Toyota is really struggling for money.

    • F1GTR

      March 7, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Not the first time they’ve done this either, a few years ago they built a Lexus LFA GTE car that was never raced

  3. Dicky

    March 6, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Same with McLaren All the hype and then nothing

  4. Azuma

    March 6, 2018 at 6:13 am

    This car may not go to GTE, but i’m not counting this car out, It could happen.

    But could we see a GT500 version of the Supra enter Super GT.

    • Azuma

      March 6, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Ignore the first line. My focus is the second line.

  5. Passenger

    March 6, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I am rater to see Toyota to make this car in WEC GT and IMSA GTLM and keeping Lexus in GT500. Last Supra raced Le Man before. Lexus LC is successor of SC which also was used to be GT500 car.

  6. jason

    March 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I would rather see this race than the LMP1.

  7. Old Trombone

    March 6, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Again with the tease, Toyota…

    Please, Toyota, learn from Porsche(GT), Aston, and Corvette – GO RACING! Permanently, always, every season, regularly. Give us a factory team that we can support with confidence knowing you’ll be there for us.

    Seriously, the big reason I’m considering stepping up from my FR-S to a Corvette instead of a GR is so that I have a group to “belong to” when I get to the IMSA tracks. And I’m not going to hang out with Gentilozzi’s boys, no freakn way…

    • Slicks in the wet

      March 7, 2018 at 3:16 am

      If you need a car to fulfill being part of a group..perhaps you need to reevaluate if you want to be part of that group.

      Also. Corvettes are kinda ugly and Corvette Guys are shitbags.

      • J.C.

        March 7, 2018 at 10:24 am

        man… the hate is real towards Corvette fans lol.

        But I hope Toyota brings this car to WEC and IMSA then eventually to Le Mans. Keep Lexus in Super GT, and DTM (wait… did I day DTM?)

  8. Harry Manback

    March 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I like the *actual* BMW Z4 GTE better….

    • tracer

      March 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Once again, there is absolutely no link whatsoever between either car.

  9. tracer

    March 6, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    The upcoming Supra looks utterly fantastic in GTE form. Now prove it’s place in the performance car world, Toyota…

    • Harry Manback

      March 6, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      It also looks utterly like a BMW Z4 GTE from 5 years ago.

      • Slicks in the wet

        March 7, 2018 at 3:17 am

        Quite underwhelming, indeed.

  10. Davy

    March 7, 2018 at 8:18 am

    That looks ugly. The design does mot hold a candle to the classic Supra.

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