The Toyota Supra was dumped in 2002, in its fourth generation, due to strict emission norms which it was unable to meet. Its revival is set to happen in 2018, and Toyota is using BMW’s help to realize the relaunch.
The companies are jointly developing a new common sports car platform, which BMW will use for its Z4 successor and Toyota for its Supra successor.
BMW has started the R&D work and despite the common platform, both sports cars will look completely different. A fresh report from Motoring.com.au reveals some details about the progressing development of the future sports car.
The German automaker is in charge of the chassis development and is keeping the car’s test mule hidden from everyone. Toyota engineers don’t get much access to the details of the future sports car and only a few from the Japanese automaker have knowledge about the two cars.
The companies have divided the development work; BMW will develop the chassis and engine, while Toyota will work on fuel-cell, electrification and weight-saving technologies. Both worked together on coming to an appropriate weight distribution ratio, place for storing the batteries and more factors. An unnamed source told the Australian publication that the work related to hybridisation required time twice as long as that required for development of standard road cars.
The new platform could be derived from the BMW i8 because it’s underpinned by a hybrid-ready platform. The chassis won’t have a monocoque design, but rather a ‘frame based’ format. The length and width will be less than 4,500 mm and 1,840 mm respectively, and the height won’t be more than 1,340 mm. The wheelbase will be less than 2,500 mm. The size will be similar to that of a Porsche 911.
The Toyota Supra successor will be offered with a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The combustion engine variants will undercut 1,300 kg, while the plug-in hybrid versions will weigh less than 1,500 kg. Toyota has sent “a couple of dozen” engineers to BMW’s headquarters in Munich to assist in development of the plug-in hybrid powertrain.