• Dec 18th 2009 at 7:25PM
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Toyota's pulled out of F1, but that doesn't mean the company has lost its will to win with cutting edge tech. Rumors suggest it's dusting off the underpinnings of the Hybrid Supra HV-R it used to win the Tokkachi 24-Hour race two years ago, and staring at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a glint in its eye.

The Supra HV-R used a 473-horsepower V8 that gets help from regenerative braking, a quick-charging capacitor, and three additional electric motors: two in the front wheels, one in the back of the car. Toyota would need to upgrade the tech, prep the car for the GT1 class, and test it, so a 2012 race entry is hypothesized were such a thing to happen.

As far as we're concerned, anything that could lead to bringing back a Supra -- even if only in race trim to begin with -- is all right with us. Especially one with 473 horses, gobs of torque and a date with the Mulsanne straight. Toyota, please do this...

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's see Toyota get a new Supra started then!
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a lot of engineering knowledge and experience to be gained by perfecting race cars. In this case we are looking at some new technology...front wheel motors, super caps, feedback braking, suspension, etc.

        From the information I've read on the car, it could be a terror on the track, if the officials allow it to run.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the rules state that the engine size has to be over 5 litres. Or at 5 litres, which the engine in the Nismo GTR GT1 is. The LFA has a 4.8 litre V10. In order for them to compete they would need to bore out the LFA engine another .2 litres to make it comply with the regulations. How hard is that? Probably not hard at all, but in endurance racing it might be problematic. Who knows what Toyota will do. But i hope to see the LFA in some form of racing. I hope ALMS, or maybe FIA GT. Maybe LeMans?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's engine is within the regulations, but it just blows my mind that the regulations allow a car to be run with an engine completely unrelated to that of the street car from which it's based.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love it....love the supra. This supra also won not to long ago.

      Cant wait for my all time favorite car to return. Gonna be awesome...if Toyota can produce a car such as the LF-A....I have high expectation for the next Supra. Hope they have a Turbo and Na model like before : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      why are they waisting resources in racing the supra when instead they should be racing their hyper car Lexus LF-A
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because they can. They've been able to bend rules before and compete with the proven Supra chassis. IF they lose, they can just say they were testing new tech in an old platform, if they win - well you know. They don't have to worry about being embarrassed if they compete and don't dominate with the LF-A.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Kiiks,

      Yes, currently the cars which be used in the new FIA GT1 World Championship technically have no real engine homologation rules, other than that the engine must come from somewhere within that company's line (which allows the GT-R to use the Titan truck engine in their race car).

      To me, sports car racing means building a race car clearly based on the road car it appears to have started as. Not just cramming whatever engine you want into the body of a sports car and go racing with it. Under those regulations, there's a chance that engine could find its way into some other Toyota product, but If they've already spent all this money developing the LF-A. the FIA GT wants to do this, this is fine, but i wish the ACO hadn't allowed it in.

      It makes more sense to me to use this powerplant in an LMP than a GT1 car. If someone can tell me the displacement of the motor, I could tell you whether it might work as an LMP motor. Also, this hybrid AWD system on the Supra would NEVER be allowed at Le Mans. ACO regulations specifically state cars MUST be RWD.

      And @ dracon_425,

      The LFA will not be on the grid at Le Mans in 2010. Cars eligible for the 2010 GT1 class at Le Mans next year will be exclusive to cars that will be in the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship, of which the LFA is not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just want a Supra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LF-A is in 2010 LM Grid GT1 Class.
      LF-A guys tell that after Nürburgring 24h race
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't see any possibly way this could happen. An LF-A, perhaps, but an old Supra could never be legal at Le Mans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I know the ACO allows for a 7-year lapse in production - 10 years will have passed for the Supra in 2012. The SuperGT-style bodywork is also non-compliant.

        I was gonna say something about the V8 engine in it (as allowed by SuperGT) as the FIA/ACO hasn't allowed different cylinder counts and engine configurations from the homologation road car, but as far as I know, the FIA GT1 (2010) spec Nissan GT-R has a V8 in it and I can't seem to find anything in the FIA sporting or technical regulations that says anything about homologation requirements. The ACO has adopted the 2010 FIA GT1 regulations for their GT1 class, which confuses things even more. Nissan must have gotten a waiver to be able to homologate the GT-R with a non-original engine. Toyota may be able to do the same but as far as I know, there aren't any regulations for KERS/Hybrid systems for GT cars. The ACO undoubtedly would be interested to pursue the matter, but the complete irrelevance of the Supra model might hamper this particular project.

        Besides, I think I'd rather see a successor to the Toyota GT-One. Hybrid drivetrain, closed cockpit coupe to take on the Audis, Pugs, Astons, and Hondas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suggested this in early November, the moment Toyota announced they were quitting F1

      • 5 Years Ago
      "Toyota will need to get back into profit before any official programme can be contemplated"

      How is this news? It's not even being contemplated yet...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Mustang has roared and is amazing. Hopefully Toyota will respond with something in kind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since when were the Mustang and Supra competitors or even in the same league?

        Muscular V8 pony car vs. JDM I6 drifters delight
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Supra was relatively light for it's size and class, and certainly light compared to some of the behemoths released today.
        • 5 Years Ago
        From 79-92. About the same price, same layout, same power and I think about the same weight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Although I agree with you that the last Supra was not a competitor of the Mustang, it is most certainly not a "Drifter's" delight. The car was way too heavy, too expensive for that. The last Supra was a Corvette or 911 competitor.
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