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SEMA360: Toyota Builds Excitement On and Off-Road

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This one-off Ornamental Conifer GR Supra was one of four builds Toyota showcased on SEMA360 in 2020. Photo: Toyota

GR Supras and an Overland Tacoma highlight opposite ends of the performance spectrum.

Despite COVID-19 and the inability to hold a physical SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year, the Virtual SEMA360 experience still provided plenty of opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their latest products and builds.

Toyota was no exception and took the opportunity to unveil four distinct vehicles as part of its two-wave reveal strategy at SEMA. These included:

4WD Toyota Owner Magazine Overland Ready Tacoma

Toyota trucks have gained a reputation over the years for near indestructibility and capability in the harshest of environments. And, with the explosion in Overlanding as a lifestyle, 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine took the opportunity to outfit a Tacoma with the ultimate in Overlanding heavy-duty features and camping accessories. Starting with Tacoma TRD Off-Road, the team added a whole range of aftermarket products, culminating in a Magnuson supercharger to enhance performance.

Ornamental Conifer GR Supra

Toyota’s GR Supra has become hugely popular with enthusiasts since its debut last year. To signify the performance and styling potential of this exciting two-seater, Toyota showcases no fewer than three different Supra builds for SEMA360. The Ornamental Conifer is the handiwork of British artist Nicolai Sclater, who, starting with a Turbulence Gray 3.0-litre Supra GR, added his own, hand painted the eye-catching paint work, designed to showcase not only his considerable talents, but the lost art of real sign painting.

GReddy Performance Formula D GR Supra

The GR Supra’s torquey inline six-cylinder engine and sturdy rear-drive chassis make it a natural for drifting. This particular build focused on three goals: efficiency, simplicity, and impact. As with all race cars, engineering a design that facilitates efficient and quick repairs can be the difference between winning and losing. The simplicity mandate pared down the package to the only things needed in a pro drift racer, resulting in a simple, clean, functional and competitive motorsports machine.

Papadakis Racing Rockstar Energy Formula D GR Supra

Built by Papadakis Racing, this particular 2020 GR Supra, not only represents the organization’s latest racing project but has proven to be hugely competitive since its debut in the Formula Drift series. Driven by 2015 Formula Drift champion Fredric Aasbo, the No. 151 GR Supra enjoys tremendous notoriety thanks to the nine-episode YouTube series that documented the build and earned more than 14 million views. Aasbo and the 1,033-horsepower GR Supra are currently in contention for the championship in the 2020 Formula Drift Pro class.

Toyota also announced that it will be revealing additional builds during the weeks following SEMA360.

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