If you tuned in to the 2021 Auto Club NHRA Finals this past weekend, you may have caught a glimpse of the new Funny Car Toyota’s bringing to the 2022 NHRA drag racing season.
For about a decade, Funny Car drivers under the Toyota banner campaigned a ride based on the company’s near-ubiquitous Camry sedan. But now, with the Supra sports car in its lineup, Toyota is using it as the model for its next generation Funny Car.
The move celebrates Toyota’s 20th year in the NHRA and the Supra now joins the Camry, Celica, and Solara in Toyota’s stable of Funny Cars.
While it differs significantly from a standard production Supra, the new Funny Car certainly looks tough, and the folks at Toyota Racing Development say they worked with NHRA driver J.R. Todd to refine it. According to them, this next generation Funny Car has improved cabin space, visibility, and safety features.
The new Toyota Supra Funny Car will debut with the first race of the 2022 NHRA season, the WinterNationals in February at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona California. NHRA racers J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria will drive a Supra in 2022.
In NHRA competition over the last 20 years, Toyota drivers have won 137 Top Fuel and 43 Funny Car races along with six Top Fuel and three Funny Car championships.