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The Toyota Supra GT500 '97 is a race car built by Toyota. It appears in Gran Turismo 5, Gran Turismo 6, and Gran Turismo 7.

The car is #36, driven by Michael Krumm and Pedro de la Rosa, both of whom won the GT500 Driver's Championship of the 1997 JGTC season. This is reflected by the name it had in the PlayStation 3-era games, Toyota Castrol TOM'S SUPRA '97.

In-game description (GT7)[]

Car Index[]

"The machine that ended the reign of GT-Rs and became champion."

The GT race series in Japan was renamed the 'Super GT' when it became an international series from 2005. Until 2004, it was called the 'All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC)', and from its start it boasted the largest number of spectators for a motorsport in Japan. For this reason, Japanese automobile manufacturers poured much energy into this championship series.

The Toyota Supra entered the championship from 1994, and it was like a direct challenge against the Nissan GT-R that had dominated the series 3 years in the row, from the first year of the championship in 1993. 3 years later in 1997, the Supra finally defeated the GT-R to become series champion. The historic machine that achieved this feat was the #36, Castrol Tom's Supra.

The drivers were Michael Krumm and Pedro de la Rosa, and they entered as the second machine of Tom's from the second round of this year. In the 5 rounds excluding the opening round, it came strong, winning 1st place twice, and placing once in both 2nd and 3rd place, to win the series.

The machine itself had not only changed greatly from the previous year. The only significant difference was the change from the H pattern gearbox to a Hewland 6-speed sequential transmission. Other than this, the engine displacement had been lowered to 2 L, in order to allow for a lower minimum weight under the race regulation rules. The 3S-GT engine producing nearly 493 BHP is almost as is, and its increased body rigidity, changes in suspension geometry, and improvements in aerodynamics, are all in the standard evolutionary process of a racing machine.

Café (Chris)[]

This won the title at the 1997 All Japan GT Championships, making it a truly valuable car indeed. It's also famed for being the first car to take the title from Nissan, who had long dominated the championships. The Tom's Supra debuted in 1994, meaning it took 4 years to reach this point. With its glorious race history and historical value, this is a real treasure.

Café (Jeremy)[]

Japan's GT Championship in the late 1990s was a three-way battle between the Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX and the Supra. The race in which this Tom's Supra won the title in 1997 was a real thriller! By the time of the final round, raced in the pouring rain, four teams were still in contention for the title! Even after the chequered flag was waved, it wasn't certain who had won it. That's because two teams were tied for top place, and their tally of second place victories was the same. This meant the tie breaker was the number of third place finishes they'd notched up over the season! This Tom's Supra Number 36 was the car that came out on top in that nail-biting 1997 title win!

Café (Hikonori Kagurazaka)[]

What can one say about the A80 Supra? As a coupé with very traditional sportswear proportions, it's quite a rarity among Japanese cars. Its wraparound windshield gives it a proper greenhouse. What's more, it takes the classic, beautiful coupé, and drops the height while widening the tread. This turns it into a race car that looks like it could take off and fly right up to the heavens. The car's shape is simple and well suited to the Castrol livery. The lights, which look a little too close to the centre in the original model, are camouflaged and unobtrusive. With all the tuning parts the A80 Supra has available, it's no wonder so many young enthusiasts are charmed by it.

Acquisition[]

GT5[]

As a Premium car, the Toyota Castrol TOM'S SUPRA (JGTC) '97 can be purchased from the Dealerships for 900,000 Credits. Alternatively, it can be acquired by winning the Super GT in B-Spec. It is a Level 19 car.

GT6[]

This car can be purchased for 900,000 Credits. It is a detailed car.

GT7[]

This car can occasionally be purchased from the Legend Car Dealership. As of July 2022 the car is priced at 1,800,000 Credits. Players who preordered the game, regardless of what version, also received the car.

A rare and special livery sponsored by Anti Social Social Club can be obtained by redeeming a code found in their clothing items, as part of their collaboration for the game.

Trivia[]

  • Despite this being a JGTC GT500-class car, it is classified as a Gr.3 car in Gran Turismo 7. This is due to it largely following the old Group GT1 regulations (which the JGTC still allowed at the time).

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