The Story Behind The Biggest Toyota Supra In Racing Historical past

In response to Nissan’s domination of the 1994 Skyline GT-R collection, Toyota constructed the Castrol TOM’s Supra. It debuted in 1995 for the JGTC, based on Auto Week. Toyota selected TOM’s to steer the racing group for its expertise. TOM’s represented Toyota at 24 Hours of Le Mans within the Group C period, and had ties to Toyota extending again to 1974, Every day Sports activities Automobile explains.

Whereas the Supra is recognizable due to its pure-white base and inexperienced and pink strains, the engine below the hood is what actually it is actually recognized for. Leveraging the JGTC regulation, which allowed vehicles to make use of any engine as lengthy it was within the authentic producer’s vary of engines, Toyota fitted the Supra with a two-liter turbocharged 3S-GT. This made the automotive lighter than Nissan’s, and added agility, pace round corners, and 493 horsepower and 600 Newton meters of torque. Happy with its racing DNA, Toyota says the TOM’s Supra gained the JGTC championship 4 instances: 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005.

Castrol TOM’s took its first victory on June 25, 1995 (through Every day Sports activities Automobile). Nissan and Toyota had been additionally battling Goh’s McLaren group that yr. When it left the circuit, the 2 manufacturers turned every others’ major opponents. Castrol TOM’s launched a number of vehicles within the coming years with #36, #37, and #39 garnering probably the most glory. The Castrol TOM’s GT additionally developed with a sequential shift, aerodynamic modifications, and a lighter engine for efficiency. In 2001, Castrol dropped the sponsorship, however TOM’s nonetheless gained two GT500 championships in 2006 and 2009. The GT500 championship is the place it began, the place Nissan, Honda, and Toyota started their GT showdown — a rivalry that’s nonetheless going sturdy within the Autobacs Tremendous GT Collection.


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