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Discussion in 'General Supra Topics' started by wbradley, Feb 16, 2019.
Inline-8 engine. Soooooooo loooooooong
They still run tho
I just wonder...if ever Toyota plans to roll out a Supra successor in the future, dubbed as the “MkVI”, or “A100”, what will it be like? Tetsuya Tada-San said that this MkV will most likely be Toyota’s last pure petrol sports car. How can TOYOTA keep the tradition alive? Perhaps have an inline-6 hybrid powerplant? How does that sound?
Or electric. No problem with power, just make it handle well and of course batteries keep the COG down.
If you want sound,just blare a soundfile through the speakers and paint the inside of your fake exhaust tips indigo to simulate flames!
Or use straight-cut gears in single speed reduction drive cases and electric motors that are somewhat loud the faster they spin.
There is a reason why V engines are popular when the cylinder count rises - they are inherently shorter and thus better for front to rear balance. A longitudinally mounted V6 is half the length of a straight 6, which makes it easier to keep the weight of the engine closer to the centre of the car and away from the front or rear wheels (depending on front or rear engined).
Straight engines require a longer wheelbase (typically) to avoid putting the engine over the wheels, which in the case of a front engined car like the Supra, could give it a nose heavy feel. That is not to say it can’t be done - with the right engineering, you can make a straight 6 mid engined still, but it is harder, and by the time you get to 8 or 10 cylinders, it is simply impractical to have them inline in a sportscar. Simply too long. This is part of why so many more modern race engines are Vs rather than inline.