Watch the new Toyota GR Supra fly 100 feet through the air
Yup, you read that headline correctly. In its latest ad, Toyota is literally launching a new 2021 Toyota GR Supra off a ramp, 100 feet through the air, into a pile of cardboard boxes. It’s the culminating stunt in a five-minute ad that showcases the sports car’s superior handling, maneuverability, and speed in different scenarios. (We’re living for this spot – watch it below.)
So… how did a Toyota Supra actually fly through the air?
One of the sports cars featured in this fun new spot is built by Papadakis Racing. They’re a California-based racing company that builds out custom race cars and also has a pretty intense YouTube channel if you like to see cars do the seemingly impossible. They produced the stunt in San Pedro, California, which is about 10 miles from Long Beach. And although the jump is just one scene in the video, it took a fair amount of planning, production, effort to make it happen.
Andy Bell – a renowned stuntman for Nitro Circus – was behind the wheel of the Toyota for the big jump. The Toyota Supra chosen for the stunt was mostly stock (but don’t get any ideas, y’all) besides a padded roll cage custom-fitted to the interior just in case the stunt went south. It was also a concern that the nose of the sports car would take a dive mid-air, so the production crew put around 270 lbs of free weights into the rear hatch to help balance things out. Additionally, the car was painted a hot orange color that’s not available in regular production.
Before they even tried a test run, the proper speed to make it happen was calculated carefully and then the car was tested driving next to the ramp to ensure it could meet the right speed in the right amount of time.
So what happened? It was a success (obviously) and the Toyota GR Supra did catch air off the ramp to nosedive into the over 500 cardboard boxes waiting for it. However – and this is why we said don’t get any ideas – when it landed it busted several of its tires AND its rear suspension. You can watch the behind-the-scenes video below.