TOM’S SUPRA TOURER (2021 Toyota GR Supra RZ)
- ・TOM'S idea of a Sports Tourer
- ・TOM'S flagship car
- ・Includes invitations to a wide range of experiences
TOM'S has been the official tuner of Toyota for many years, and have achieved great success in racing. It is not an exaggeration to say that the history of TOM'S has been shaped by the Supra. TOM'S began racing with the Supra's predecessor, the Celica, and in 1987 became the first Japanese team to enter Group A with an A70 Supra, winning on its debut. They were also champions in the A80 Supra’s first year racing. The Supra returned in 2020, and once again the team entered the Super GT series with it, becoming champions in 2021.
TOM'S has taken its flagship model, the TOM'S Supra, and updated it to make it more comfortable for city driving and long distance travel. The TOM'S Supra Tourer is the result of re-setting the engine characteristics, aerodynamic balance and handling while maintaining sporty performance.
The most noticeable changes are in the striking exterior. The body has been significantly widened to 1950mm, the same as the Super GT race car, with the front and rear wheel arches having vents for more efficient airflow. The wing usually fitted has been removed for a more street-friendly look. The concave 20 inch wheels were made by Vossen specifically for this car.
The B58 engine has only been slightly modified to maintain the reliability of the stock engine. A high-flow turbocharger and a special ECU that uses technology acquired from racing experience, allow the engine to reach 420hp.
To address the greater performance, the brakes were upgraded to Brembo 6-pot calipers and large 380mm rotors.
The suspension are KW version 3 height-adjustable dampers and springs. They have been adjusted to provide a more supple ride, while maximising tyre grip and making the car more comfortable over long distances.
The interior of the car has also been changed slightly with parts like the steering wheel covered with dry carbon making the driver aware that this a unique Supra.
With an exterior full of character and great performance, this car is the ultimate tourer Supra, made possible by TOM’S, who have been at the forefront of Supra research for many years.
The successful bidder will be eligible to take part in driver lessons, simulator sessions and F4 driving lessons with Daisuke Ito, director of TGR Team au TOM'S, which won the 2021 Super GT championship.
TOM'S is a prestigious racing team that has competed in domestic categories such as SUPER GT and SUPER FORMULA as well as international races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team was set up by Toyota works driver Nobuhide Tachi and Toyota dealership sports corner manager Kiyoshi Oiwa.
As well as being a top racing team, the company specialises in the manufacture and design of tuning parts for Toyota cars. The company has a wealth of racing know-how, and its products are all robust and reliable. Their products are sold at Toyota dealers and they are known as an official Toyota tuner.
In recent years, the company has been selling tuned cars with performance comparable to that of racing cars, something the industry is always interested in.
TOM'S was born in 1974, at the height of the first oil crisis, it was a slow period for motorsport. Many manufacturers and teams were forced to reduce or withdraw their activities, and Toyota was no exception. As a works team driver, Tach quickly lost his seat.
But he was convinced: "As long as there are cars, there will be no loss of motorsport culture”. So he saw this as an opportunity to start his own racing team and started to raise money. It was a difficult task, but through sheer persistence he managed to secure a loan from a local credit union.
His passionate and genuine personality won him the hearts of many, and he was actively supported by his colleagues from when he was a works driver and even his old rivals. When the team was finally launched that year, he took part in the Macau Grand Prix Ghia Race. He won and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Tom's rise to the top of the industry was not without its challenges. The collapse of the Japanese bubble economy forced a large number of redundancies, and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers made it difficult for the team to survive. However, Tachi kept his passion alive and persisted.
In 1992, just as the bubble economy burst, he took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished 2nd. In 2006, during a serious economic downturn, the team became SUPER GT champions. Then in 2008, they became the champion again, and in 2010, they won Formula NIPPON.
Corona virus has once again brought a crisis to the world of motorsport but in 2021, TOM'S did it again, and with the SUPER GT series championship trophy in their hands, they have shown once again that they are a force to be reckoned with.
With so many victories, TOM'S has made a name for itself in the Japanese racing world, while their team members battled their struggles behind the scenes.
They’re not just a strong racing team, but also a team that is always looking to the future of motorsport and that will continue to lead the industry as a pioneer in shaping the future of automotive culture.