Tetsuya Tada confirms stripped out sports car is on the cards, though a decision on a track-only or road-legal version is still to be made.
The reborn Supra hasn’t even been officially revealed or launched yet, but Toyota is looking at creating a lightweight track version, a-la Porsche GT3 RS, according to a new report.
Speaking with Top Gear, Tetsuya Tada, Toyota Gazoo Racing chief and the boss of the Supra model project, confirmed a more focused version of the new coupe is on the cards, though a final decision hasn’t been made yet.
“At some point I would like to make a track-limited Supra with less weight. We’re already making a racing version so we know if you take out 100kg it’s a completely different car – you don’t even need any more power,” Tada-san told the publication.
“We’re investigating both avenues, there’s always a trade-off because being road-legal brings restrictions.”
In addition to a more focused market variant, Tada-san said he and his team are looking to have a greater presence in motorsport competitions with the new Supra, potentially in the LM GTE category that is already occupied with various race cars based on production models including the Ford GT, Ferrari 488, Aston Martin Vantage, and more.
Toyota has already revealed a Nascar version of the Supra for the 2019 championship in the United States, though it doesn’t share much with the upcoming road car bar the name and certain design cues.
In terms of powertrains, the Supra has been confirmed with both four- and six-cylinder engines sourced with development partner BMW.
Should a more focused track variant become a reality, it could use a revised version of the inline six-cylinder turbo – shared with the new Z4 M40i – boasting increased power and torque outputs.
The all-new Supra is expected to go on sale internationally during the first half of 2019, with the production model likely to be fully revealed sometime later this year.
At this stage, though, Toyota Australia is yet to confirm local availability.
“The Supra nameplate commands enormous respect and there has been huge public interest in the development of the new model so we would like to see it on Australian roads,” Sean Hanley, Toyota’s local vice president for sales and marketing, told CarAdvice earlier this year.