2020 Toyota Supra: 9 Features Tuners Are Sure to Love
When the Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association (SEMA) held a measuring session for potential tuners to get to know the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra in April, it ranked as the best-attended of any such event in SEMA history. This suggests that the industry expects the market for Supra Mk V upgrades to be at least as hot as it is/was for the Mk IV A80 Supra. The tuners surely must have appreciated what they saw, too, as chief engineer Tetsuya Tada’s team has done quite a lot to prepare the new A90 for the most popular modifications.
Here are nine instances where Toyota has prepared the Supra for easy installation of parts sold either by the aftermarket or the factory’s own Gazoo Racing branch.
Turning Up the Boost
Folks will be itching to meet or exceed the power this same engine makes in the BMW Z4, but making more power typically means making more heat. To keep cool, the front fascia design incorporated the largest cooling grille openings the team imagined the car would ever need, then simply blanked off what wasn’t needed for the stock car. Now the tuners need only tool grille inserts without the blanking, not an entirely new fascia. Cool bonus: The surface at the bottom of these air intake openings is shaped to work more and more like a canard or splitter as airflow increases through these openings.
Exhausting That Cooling Air
All additional air flowing through the three engine-coolant radiators, the intercooler and transmission-oil cooler (and any additional radiators the aftermarket dreams up) needs an escape route or it risks increasing lift. To provide such an escape, simply pop out the blanking plates you see toward the rear of the hood and insert functional ones. The fact that they point slightly upward helps further reduce lift, and the fact that no sheetmetal needs to be cut to install them greatly reduces the cost of such an upgrade (and sidesteps homologation issues in some motorsport situations).
Cooling the Front Brakes
From the factory, the little teardrop-shaped vents below each headlight are also blanked out, but they can be opened and ducted to cool the brakes (or to feed a cold-air engine intake) as desired. Here again, providing for a vent that doesn’t require tooling a new fascia keeps prices and investment down, which is great for owners and tuners alike.
Cooling the Rear Brakes