Chief executive officer Akio Toyoda signed the car before running some laps under the nickname Morizo. The other two drivers included Daenens Herwig and Yabuki Hisashi, and as you can tell from the pictures where the hood is wide open, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six doesn’t feature the engine cover we’ll get on the Supra 40i.
The Supra Gazoo Racing prototype finished 116th overall, which means that Toyota was at the back of the pack. It should be mentioned that competing for results wasn’t the priority on this outing, but the gathering of valuable information for further development. In addition to Xfinity and VLN, the Supra will also compete in the GT500 class of the Super GT series and the GTE class of the World Endurance Championship.
Scheduled to premiere in 2019 at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the all-new Supra will be offered with a choice of two engines. The entry-level option is a two-liter turbo, and chances are Toyota will hybridize the Supra at some point in the future.
The ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic will be the only transmission option on offer in the first instance. Assistant chief engineer Masayuki Kai confirmed a six-speed manual for right-hand drive markets, and with some luck, left-hand drive markets such as Europe and the United States could also get the three-pedal setup.