Toyota’s kicking off the launch of the new A90-generation GR Supra with the only thing that makes sense: even more Supra.
Yes, in addition to racing giant legumes and getting a new TRD bodykit, Toyota used the new Supra to announce it would begin producing parts again for previous models. Gazoo Racing boss (and A80 owner) Shigeki Tomoyama made the announcement at the Japanese GR Supra launch, according to Japanese Nostalgic Car. Called the GR Heritage Parts Project, the initiative will include parts for the A70 and A80 Supra models.
Tomoyama’s own car was part of the display — a clean, white A80 with roughly 600hp. “We can not answer about specific parts at this time,” he stated, “but we will make every effort to meet the expectations of owners.”
The Gazoo Racing head also shared his views on the rapidly-changing auto industry as a whole, and the importance of sports cars:
“All horses that were once a means of transportation have been replaced by cars, but racehorses remain. There are people all over the world who love horses. “The human desire to move freely, fast, and beautifully according to one’s will is universal… We have to pass on this DNA to the next generation. The challenge of Toyota Gazoo Racing is to make cars thoroughly interesting in the next 100 years.”
Toyota joins an increasingly long list of Japanese companies with heritage parts programs. Nissan kicked off its R32 Skyline GT-R program two years ago, and Honda has a similar one for the NSX. Mazda also has a program for the NA Miata, and it’s so far the only one earmarked for the US as well.