Toyota plans to bring the iconic Supra nameplate back in a big way in 2019, announcing that the model will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting next season.
Toyota unveiled the dynamic race car prototype in the Toyota Injector at Daytona International Speedway, where it will debut in the Xfinity season opener next February. The road-going Supra will hit showrooms starting with the 2019 model year, returning to production for the first time in 17 years.
The Supra replaces the venerable Camry, which will continue as the automaker’s vehicle of choice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Supra will soon go head-to-head against its performance-car brethren in Chevrolet’s Camaro SS and Ford’s Mustang.
A sports-car version of the new Supra debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The recent unveiling of the stock car racing edition stands to fuel the anticipation for the street-legal production car, which is still awaiting its release date.
The NASCAR rendition of the Supra is built with design help from Calty Design Research—a longtime Toyota design studio—to conform to stock-car specifications. A distinctive, “swoopy” nose helps give the car its identity.
The Xfinity Supra marks the sixth race car produced by Toyota Racing Development in collaboration with Calty in the last six years. The manufacturer indicated in a news release that the two groups began work on the NASCAR Supra project last year.
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