The new fifth-generation Toyota is the latest car to fall victim to the Nürburgring.
A Toyota engineer testing a prototype was caught out late on Wednesday at the Döttinger Höhe section of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The section is a long straight where the highest speeds are achieved.
The test driver lost control for an unknown reason and ended up sliding into a guardrail. This caused significant damage to the driver’s side of the car. Fortunately the driver was uninjured from the impact.
Toyota has confirmed that the new Supra will stay true to its predecessors with an inline-6 engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. Look for a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with around 335 horsepower at launch, while a hybrid variant is also likely with more power. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, also borrowed from BMW, is also expected, bringing with it around 260 hp.
The car will have a body twice as rigid as the 86. In fact, it will be as rigid as the carbon fiber Lexus LFA. It will also have a perfect 50:50 weight balance and surprisingly small dimensions. We’re told it boasts a shorter wheelbase than the 86, which is just 101.2 inches. It will also boast a lower center of gravity compared to the 86, thanks to a cleverly mounted steering rack and other factors.