Toyota New Supra , The £50,000 Sports Car

Toyota’s finally won Le Mans. Now it’s readying the front-engined, rear-drive, straight-six sports car you’ve been waiting for

LOOK PAST THE white, red and black corporate race livery, the Le Mans-ready aero and – if you can – those delicious centre-lock forged racing wheels. Blank out the faintly terrifying rear diffuser, the wheelarches pulled wide by broader tracks front and rear and the full-length, turbo-cooling bonnet vents. This, the GR Supra Racing Concept, is the new Supra: an all-new, fun-focused, rear-drive Japanese sports car of a kind widely thought to be extinct – don’t you believe it.

RITS LOVE AN A-Class. Last year 43,000 of them found homes in the UK, continuing a pattern going back several years. Naturally some of those earlier buyers will be looking to replace their A-Class soon, and the new, significantly more upmarket A-Class would be an obvious place to start. You’d of course look at a VW Golf too, it being the eternal benchmark for classy hatches. And what else would you look at? How about a Volvo XC40?

RITS LOVE AN A-Class. Last year 43,000 of them found homes in the UK, continuing a pattern going back several years. Naturally some of those earlier buyers will be looking to replace their A-Class soon, and the new, significantly more upmarket A-Class would be an obvious place to start. You’d of course look at a VW Golf too, it being the eternal benchmark for classy hatches. And what else would you look at? How about a Volvo XC40?

By way of explanation, Calado waves dejectedly at the quali­ fying times. AF Corse’s 488s are sixth and seventh, behind two Ford GTs, two RSR 911 Porsches and - most painfully - one of BMW’s box-fresh M8s. Ferrari are i.438sec off the pace. What’s more, there’s nothing they can do about it. The car’s faster than last year’s but the restrictions slapped on it by the series organiser - essentially more weight and less power - have sent it backwards relative to its rivals.

SATURDAY, SPA. A couple of hun­ dred yards apart, James Calado and I are struggling in our Ferraris. The World Endurance Championship is in Belgium, at the universally adored Spa-Francorchamps circuit, for the first race of the 2018/2019 super-season. Calado’s racing his 488 GTE Evo; I’ve turned up in an 812 Superfast.

LIMPSE THE 600LT across a swelteringly hot photography studio, the space’s walls and floor an abstract artwork of curated light and shade, and so sinister are the McLaren’s shadows and so purposeful its silhouette that it looks more yet-to-be-stickered racer than evolved road car; a plucky GT4 entry still without sponsorship, not a pre-production prototype. Blame the big fixed rear wing, the stunning multi-spoke wheel/gummy Pirelli Trofeo R tyre combination and the

LIMPSE THE 600LT across a swelteringly hot photography studio, the space’s walls and floor an abstract artwork of curated light and shade, and so sinister are the McLaren’s shadows and so purposeful its silhouette that it looks more yet-to-be-stickered racer than evolved road car; a plucky GT4 entry still without sponsorship, not a pre-production prototype. Blame the big fixed rear wing, the stunning multi-spoke wheel/gummy Pirelli Trofeo R tyre combination and the

MAGINE YOU'RE A Formula 1 driver. You get paid millions of pounds to drive one of the fastest cars in the world. You hang out with supermodels and fly around in private jets. Quite simply, you have the best job in the world. So why is Daniel Ricciardo the only F1driver who appears to enjoy himself?

MAGINE YOU'RE A Formula 1 driver. You get paid millions of pounds to drive one of the fastest cars in the world. You hang out with supermodels and fly around in private jets. Quite simply, you have the best job in the world. So why is Daniel Ricciardo the only F1driver who appears to enjoy himself?

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