There’s some great news coming down the pike for Toyotaku. Toyota will soon make parts again for the A70 and A80 Supra. The news was revealed by none other than Shigeki Tomoyama, head of Gazoo Racing and A80 owner, at the Japanese launch of the new Supra on May 17.
Tomoyama announced the GR Heritage Parts Project standing before several generations of Supra, including the 2020 model and his own A80. Upon hearing the news, a hearty round of applause and cheers rose from the crowd of Supra owners gathered for the event at Toyota’s Megaweb showroom in Odaiba.
“We can not answer about specific parts at this time, but we will make every effort to meet the expectations of owners,” Tomoyama said.
He then commented on the once-in-a-century change that the auto industry is undergoing. “All horses that were once a means of transportation have been replaced by cars, but racehorses remain.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,” Tomoyama remarked. “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.”
With the launch of the GR Heritage Parts Project, Toyota at last joins Nissan, Mazda, and Honda as Japanese carmakers with heritage parts programs. Nissan announced parts for the R32 Skyline GT-R and recently expanded the program to R33 and R34 models. Honda has long offered an NSX program but is now making parts for the Beat as well. Meanwhile, Mazda launched its NA Roadster/Miata program and is the only one that has said parts will be coming to the US.
Tomoyama-san clearly has a personal stake in creating a supply of parts for older Supras. His own car is a white 1997 A80 with TRD aero package and approximately 600 horsepower (it can be seen in the background of the photos above). “The new Supra is a great car,” he responded when asked about the A90, “But I don’t intend to let go of this 80 Supra in my lifetime.”