Toyota Glanza Based Race Car Unveiled in South Africa

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Toyota has revealed a race car based on the Glanza hatchback, known as the Starlet in South Africa. Dubbed the SupaStarlet, it will participate in the new Supacup series in Africa and serve as a developmental platform for Toyota’s aspiring racing drivers.

The SupaStarlet boasts race car modifications such as flared wheel arches, a prominent rear spoiler, center lock wheels, racing slicks, and a stripped-down interior with a full roll cage. Notably, the rear spoiler appears to be mounted onto the vehicle’s roll cage and extends from the rear windshield. Although cabin images are unavailable, it’s evident that the front seats have been replaced with racing bucket seats featuring multi-point harnesses.

While mechanical specifics of the race car remain undisclosed, it will form part of Toyota’s GR racing program designed to nurture emerging race car drivers. The program spans various levels from go-karting to prestigious events like the Dakar rally. The GR SupaStarlet race series will bridge the gap between go-karting and Toyota’s GR Cup race series, providing drivers with a platform to advance their skills.

Regarding the standard Starlet, while it shares its platform with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota Glanza in India, it employs a distinct 1.5-liter petrol engine generating 103 bhp and 138 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

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