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

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The A90 Toyota Supra may be better known as a circuit carver, but that hasn't stopped the Big T from promoting it in the most American motorsport: drag racing. Unveiled at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, California, one of the spiritual homes of postwar hot rodding, the fun car gives a preview of what fans can expect to see on the drag strips of the 2022 NHRA season.
Of course, it has little in common with the actual Supra road car. It drapes a vaguely Supra-esque carbon fiber body over a special tubular frame drag chassis. The silhouette is designed to be as slippery as possible, so most of the Supra design elements are just large stickers. It might look silly, but it's no more bizarre than the 2000s Toyota Celica NHRA car or the outgoing Camry drag car that the Supra is replacing.
Toyota hasn't revealed any specs about the Supra, but if its previous NHRA contestants are anything, there's really nothing funny about this fun car. The Camry Dragster carried an 8.2 liter supercharged V8 under its composite canopy. Horsepower ranged from 10,000 to 11,000, which could accelerate the car to 100 mph in less than a second and the quarter mile in less than four kilometers. Since the main thing that has changed is the body, there is no reason to believe that the Supra will not be similarly strong.
For those crazy about the direction the Supra has taken, it could be argued that a dragster is the most natural evolution of the popular fourth generation Supra. In the early days of import tuning, it was a real force to be reckoned with. Toyota's legendary 2JZ GTE engine, a twin-turbo and twin-cam, 3.0-liter in-line six, was often tuned to 800-1,000 horsepower for 6.5-second E / T bumps - in a door opener. His popularity with drag racers eventually earned him a spot in the street racing series "The Fast & the Furious".
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Toyota's official participation in the NHRA. Toyota has won six Top Fuel and three Funny Car championships over the years. The drivers J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria will resume their roles as Official Drivers for 2022.
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