Toyota Supra funny car is all business with a possible 11,000 horsepower

The A90 Toyota Supra might be recognised a lot more as a circuit carver, but that has not stopped the Major T from campaigning it in the most American of motorsports: drag racing. Unveiled at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, Calif., one particular of the spiritual residences of postwar scorching rodding, the funny car previews what admirers can expect to see at drag strips for the 2022 NHRA season.

Of training course, there is minor in popular with the genuine Supra highway car. It drapes a vaguely Supra-esque carbon fiber entire body more than a dedicated tube frame drag chassis. The silhouette is produced as slippery as feasible, so most of the Supra structure cues are just massive decals. It might look foolish, but it is no a lot more weird than the Toyota Celica NHRA car of the 2000s or the outgoing Camry drag car that the Supra is replacing.

Toyota did not reveal specs on the Supra, but if its earlier NHRA entrants are just about anything to go by you can find genuinely almost nothing funny about this funny car. The Camry dragster sported an eight.two-liter supercharged V8 beneath its composite cover. Horsepower ranged in between ten,000 and 11,000, able of rocketing the car to 100 mph in much less than a second and down the quarter-mile in less than four. Due to the fact the main thing which is improved is the entire body, you can find no motive to think the Supra is not going to be likewise potent.

For those mad about the path the Supra has taken, it could be argued that a dragster is the most normal evolution of the considerably-beloved fourth-technology Supra. In the early days of import tuning, it was a correct drive to be reckoned with. Toyota’s legendary 2JZ-GTE motor, a twin-turbo and twin-cam, 3.-liter inline-6, was often tuned to 800-1,000 horsepower for six.5-second E/T blasts — in a doorslammer. Its reputation with drag racers ultimately landed it a place in the road racing franchise “The Rapidly & the Furious.”

This yr marks the 20th anniversary of Toyota’s formal participation in NHRA. Above the decades, Toyota has notched 6 Leading Gasoline and a few Amusing Car championships. Drivers J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria will reprise their roles as formal motorists for 2022.