From Vios to Supra: Toyota PH shifts to e-racing amid COVID-19 crisis

Updated Sep 15, 2020 | Same topic: COVID-19 Updates
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In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of racers, and race organizers around the world have turned to Sim Racing. We know that sounds unusual, but racing events are literally mass gatherings. As a result, NASCAR and F1 drivers, as well as their sponsors are now engaged in Sim Racing E-Sports to keep the fire of motorsport burning.

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As for car brands like Toyota, motorsport is deeply ingrained in its identity, and the company desires to keep the ball rolling. And as you might already know, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is the organizer of one of the largest motorsport events in the country, the Vios Racing Festival.

But racing events, as we’ve said, is pretty much out of the question as of the moment. As such, TMP has launched its latest online E-Sports program, the GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines.

toyota supra GT cup asia poster

The GR Supra GT Cup is an ongoing international Gran Turismo e-racing event and now there's a Philippine leg

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The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines

Now unlike the typical “in-real-life” racing event, the GR Supra GT Cup Asia will be more accessible to a lot more people. It is indeed open to the public, as long as you’re aged 18 and above, and it will be held entirely online.

The said online e-race is expected to start in July 2020, and you’ll get to use the GR-Supra, which is quite an upgrade from the Toyota Vios used on the Vios Cup.

A picture of a Gran Turismo Supra race

A screenshot from Gran Turismo showing an all Toyota Supra race

Winners of the GR Supra Cup Asia – Philippines event will then get to participate in the GR Supra GT Cup – Asia regional finals, where we’re guessing that amateurs will be rubbing their virtual Supras against pro-racers.

But guess what, on online sim racing, it’s about you and your own skills; there’s no crew, pit teams, and team managers. So yes, with enough practice, even a total amateur might also do well.

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A picture of an in game screenshot of the GR Supra

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With regards to this online e-racing event, TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto said that:

“Safety of our customers, employees, and fans are always at the top of our priority. But we also recognize the value of waku-doki spirit in everyone!  This is a great way to sustain the excitement of motorsports programs in the Philippines in a safe environment. We look forward to a better 2021 Vios Racing Festival Season where we can go back to the tracks again and feel the heat and excitement. But for now, we invite everyone to join the GR Supra GT Cup Asia E-Sports Program.”

TMP will announce more details about the GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines soon. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this, and give you updates once we know more about the GR Supra GT-Cup.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.