There’s been a lot of speculation about whether the forthcoming Supra would get a manual transmission. And now we know there will be at least one version that has three pedals — because Toyota is bringing the Supra to NASCAR.
The new competitor will take to the track for the start of the 2019 season, at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
Previous generations of the Supra raced in Japan’s Super GT Series and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but as race fans know, the NASCAR machine will be a Supra in name only. Like the Camry which runs in the Monster Energy Cup Series, the weapons-grade version will share exactly zero equipment with its road-going counterparts.
Now, at the inception of America’s most popular race series, the cars were called “stock cars,” because they were modified versions of the cars you could buy at your local dealership, hence the old “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” concept.
But the cars which race in the Xfinity Series all follow the same formula, in that each uses a tube-frame chassis, a V8 engine, and a four-speed manual gearbox. Don’t expect to find any of those elements on the sporty coupe Toyota developed jointly with BMW though, as it’s slated to have a straight-six, an eight-speed automatic, and unibody construction.
While the Monster Energy Cup Series — the series’ top division —actually switched to fuel injection in 2012, these cars still actually use old-fashioned carburetors, which haven’t been seen on a new passenger vehicle for three decades.
There are also restrictions on the dimensions of the car, so all the differentiation basically comes from the livery, and we think Toyota did a bang-up job with the Supra. Watch it burn some rubber in the video below, and if you’re looking to put a Supra in your garage, we’d suggest getting on as list at your local AutoNation Toyota dealer, as these babies are going to fly off the lot.