It’s great to see Japanese manufacturers paying attention to their own respective models of heritage. Having Nissan reproduce parts for the BNR32, BCNR33, and BNR34 Skyline GT-Rs, as well as Mazda rebuilding fresh NA MX-5s for lucky Japanese owners, just says a lot about the true power of nostalgia. That said, it looks like Toyota will be following suit with the 90’s fanfare by bringing back parts for the A70 and A80 Supra.
Being the cars that started – and sealed – the legendary Supra name, both the (Mk. III) A70 and (Mk. IV) A80 Toyota Supras have been the staple of the import tuning community in the late 80’s all the way to the early ‘00s. With these cars easily approaching thirty years of age, certainly, most of these models around the world would be worse for wear by now. Shigeki Tomoyama, the head of Gazoo Racing, knows this – and perhaps he shares the same plight as most Supra owners being an A80 owner himself.
Standing in front of several generations of Supra during the A90’s debut at Toyota Megaweb Odaiba on May 17, Tomoyama announced the GR Heritage Parts Project to the applause of attending Supra owners in the crowd. To this, he followed with explaining the goal of Gazoo Racing with this project. “All horses that were once a means of transportation have been replaced by cars, but racehorses remain. There are people all over the world who love horses,” said Tomoyama. “The human desire to move freely, fast, and beautifully according to one’s will is universal… We have to pass on this DNA to the next generation. The challenge of Toyota Gazoo Racing is to make cars thoroughly interesting in the next 100 years.”
The first parts to be produced have not been specified at this time, but Tomoyama explains that more updates should follow soon. No mention of this program reaching global markets has been said as well. But being the owner of a white 1997 A80 Supra sporting a full TRD 3000GT kit and pushing 600 horsepower, it looks like the legend of the Toyota Supra is indeed in good hands with the current Gazoo Racing head honcho.