Toyota pulled the wraps off of its new NASCAR today at Daytona International Speedway and it looks like Goodwood won't be the only place we're seeing new Supra.The Supra will serve as the replacement for the Camry-inspired stock car starting in next year's NASCAR Xfinity Series. Of course, in proud NASCAR tradition, this will just be a lookalike body placed on top of the spec tube frame chassis for the series.Toyota has been a participant in NASCAR since 2007 and while the series isn't known for the beauty of its racecars, this Supra is a whole other level of odd-looking. What was long and low in Gazoo Racing Motorsport Concept form is now upright and slab-sided."When you talk Toyota and cool cars, Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts," said Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing. "Supra's return in production form is huge news, but now we're also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport. From a marketing … [Read more...] about Toyota has a new NASCAR body and it’s sorta Supra-shaped
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Way, way back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota teased the world with the racing concept version of its new Supra. Naturally, we were pretty excited, but what we really wanted was the production version of the car. Apparently, we'll be getting our first look at just that next week during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.The new Supra is a car that's had an incredibly long gestation period and which will either blow enthusiasts' minds or leave them disappointed and clamoring for a keyboard on which to write long screeds in forums. We're keeping our thoughts positive despite hearing rumors that we won't see a manual transmission version and that it's likely going to be a pretty pricey proposition to own one.Toyota Europe let slip the news that it would have a production Supra at Goodwood via its Twitter account and posted an image of a camouflaged car with it. While it's unclear whether the wrap is coming off for the car's debut, we are definitely keeping all of our fingers and … [Read more...] about Toyota is debuting the production Supra at Goodwood
It seemed both prophetic and appropriate when Toyota showed its GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The car's long hood, wide stance and gaping intakes looked for all the world like they were designed with motorsports livery and sponsorship decals in mind. But forgive us at Roadshow for never having considered that Toyota would actually consider taking their upcoming sports car racing in NASCAR.Yet that's exactly what's being reported by Sports Business Journal. According to the publication, the Supra will take the place of Toyota's Camry in NASCAR's Xfinity Series feeder program soon, and it seems likely that if that happens, the Supra will eventually appear in the flagship Monster Energy Cup Series, too. Toyota's Camry has been a mainstay in NASCAR since the Japanese automaker entered the series a decade ago.If the notion of Toyota's bona-fide sports car mixing it up in NASCAR seems a bit odd, remember that the stock-car racing series is no longer … [Read more...] about Toyota Supra headed to NASCAR series?
Toyota Supra fans, you were not having visions. There really is a new Supra coming, which Toyota obliquely confirmed in the press release for the new GR Supra Racing Concept that’s being shown off at the Geneva Motor Show. Sad news is, it doesn’t look like Toyota brought the road version along for the ride. If you booked a ticket or a hotel (or both), though, the Supra Racing Concept is a pretty decent consolation prize. (Plus, there’s... lots of other awesome cars there.) And besides, combined with the not-so-spy shots of the road-going version that have been spotted all over the world, it’s enough to get a rough idea of what the new Supra will look like. Fueled by a mix of nostalgia and, of course, a heavy dose of love for The Fast and The Furious, sports car fans have been pining for a new Supra for decades now. And it really is coming, thanks to a partnership with BMW that started a few years ago. But the process of getting the car designed, built, and … [Read more...] about The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is a big, pretty consolation prize
Over in Switzerland, the Geneva International Motor Show got underway on Tuesday morning. Switzerland has no real domestic car industry, so it's neutral territory for the world's car companies. That's made Geneva the marquee event on the calendar, where OEMs bring out their biggest reveals of the year in an attempt to steal headlines from one another. Sadly, we're not there on the ground this year—I did get an invite from Lamborghini which we had to decline due to our junket policy—but the wonders of the Internet mean we're still able to bring you the highlights. And what an array of new reveals to choose from! There's something for everyone, whether you like pint-sized urban electric vehicles, four-door luxury coupes, or new hybrid or electric SUVs. You can even go all the way up to multimillion-dollar hypercars, several of which aren't even going to be road legal. Something small and electric for your commute? At the smallest end of the scale, Mercedes-Benz brought its … [Read more...] about Tiny EVs, four-door coupes, and a new Supra star at the Geneva Motor Show