The Supra race car already has 100 podiums under its belt – now Toyota wants it to be faster still
By Matt Bird / Friday, 28 October 2022 / Loading comments
There’s nothing like using ‘Evolution’ in a name to get car enthusiasts hot under the collar. Whether Lancia Delta Integrale or Lamborghini Huracan, Mercedes 190E or Mitsubishi Lancer, ‘Evo’ implies meticulous development and honing of what – generally speaking – are already very good road or race cars. Think of the bad cars with Evolution in their name – exactly. Now there’s a new one to add to the roster: the Toyota GR Supra GT4 Evo.
In a fiercely competitive motorsport class, the original GT4 Supra proved itself more than capable, with victories in 11 national and international championships. In Japan, the US and Europe, it’s racked up more than 100 podium finishes since 2020, which is pretty good going. As such the Evo upgrade is about finessing what seems to be a sorted package, and responding to customer feedback to make a better racer for 2023.
Brakes, handling and engine are said to be the key areas of improvement. The Evo gets the latest dampers from KW and a new anti-roll bar spec, meaning ‘improved handling and higher cornering speeds’. Toyota says the brake system design is ‘improved’, and the ABS has been revised as well. Though Balance of Performance will have a say on exact output round to round, tweaks to the 3.0-litre straight six turbo ought to bring ‘increased power and an optimised torque curve’; upgraded cooling should help in longer races.
And if the promise of extra performance doesn’t attract new customers, perhaps the Evo’s look will. A purposeful road car makes for a really dramatic racer from snout to spoiler, even in the less senior GT4 category. This orange wrap is optional, and looks great – best hope the sponsors are happy with the colour as well. Nobody wants to compete in a race car that doesn’t look cool, do they?
Customers new to the Supra GT4 will be asked for €186,000 (£160k) in exchange for an Evo; existing owners will be offered an upgrade kit in due course. Its first competitive outing will be the Daytona 24 in January – adding to the collection of podiums would be one way to mark the debut…
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