Wednesday, Sep 11 07:27pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Toyota, Honda and Nissan reveal new SUPER GT racers

It’s a new era for the Autobacs SUPER GT Series with the three big players Toyota, Honda and Nissan revealing their Class 1 specification cars.


The reveal brings both the SUPER GT Series and DTM in line with each other from 2020 as the series looks to cross-pollinate their events.


With the three Class 1 cars from the Japanese manques confirmed for next season it brings the totel number of cars to six with BMW, Audi and Aston Martin already established in the DTM.  




While the Nissan GT-R remains relatively unchanged cosmetically, there are big moves in the Toyota and Honda camps. 


Of particular note is the return of the Toyota Supra for 2020. Since 2007 Toyota have opted to run luxury brand Lexus via the SC 430 (2007-’13) then the RC F (2014-’16) and more recently the LC 500 (2017-’19).




The last time the Toyota Supra competed in GT500 was back in 2006, long after the road-going version finished production. Next year the car will run under the GR Supra moniker. The new GR Supra is a step up on the previously revealed concept at Tokyo Auto Salon.


Lexus leaves SUPER GT with five GT500 titles since 2005, the equal most of any marque alongside Nissan.  




A fundamental rule change for SUPER GT and the DTM is that all cars have to run with a front mounted engine. Until now, the Honda NSX-GT has run with a rear mounted engine. It has long been debated whether that gave the car an unfair advantage, but now that concern is out of the question.


Despite the change of engine placement for the 2020 season, the NSX-GT aesthetically isn’t too different from the current model. The same can be said for the GT-R that features only minor aerodynamic updated over the predecessor.  




Unchanged is the engine specification though, which sees the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder retained across all three cars.


Toyota and Nissan will test their Class 1 cars on Thursday and Friday this week. Honda are set to test their car later this year.