Speedworks to enter Supra in British GT championship
British Touring Car Championship outfit Speedworks, is set to move into sportscars this year, with the team running the new Toyota GR Supra GT4 in the British GT Championship.
The new Supra GT4 is based on the GR Supra -Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first ever global road car, has been developed and produced by Toyota Motorsport GmbH. Its lightweight steel body features a three-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, a seven speed sports automatic transmission with paddle shift gears, an Akropovic exhaust system and a mechanical limited slip differential driving the rear wheels.
Speedworks, which runs a Toyota Corolla in the BTCC under the Team Toyota banners, will see its relationship with the Japanese automaker bolstered as a result of the new endeavour, and comes after the team tested the car at former Spanish Grand Prix venue Jarama in December.
“We’re delighted to have been entrusted with running the new Toyota GR Supra GT4 in the British GT Championship this season,” said Speedworks team principal Christian Dick. “Having been lucky enough to see the development and subsequent performance of the car up close myself in Spain, I can vouch for the fact that it is a tremendously impressive piece of kit – superbly built with plenty of grunt – and this programme will dovetail really nicely with our BTCC commitments.
“Our main aim this year is to prove the Toyota GR Supra GT4’s potential in the hugely competitive GT4 arena. The project has come together quite late so we are remaining realistic about our expectations to begin with, but with the technical and engineering support of TMG, I’m sure we will soon have a solid understanding of the car and be on the pace very quickly.”
Florian von Hasselbach, senior engineer customer motorsport, TMG added: “We are delighted to work with Speedworks to introduce the GR Supra GT4 car to Great Britain. There was large customer demand for this car so the process of selecting teams wasn’t easy. We put a priority on establishing strong technical relationships with these first customers so we can learn from them and optimise the support we deliver to all GR Supra GT4 owners in the future.”