The Toyota/Lexus engineers watching this forum be like:I wish Toyota had a flexible sports car platform that could accommodate something like GR86, Supra and RC, maybe even stretched a tad to underpin the IS. Platform engineering a Supra and RC together like ES/Avalon or Highlander/RX would be a cool way to save money and keep the Supra as a Toyota product.
The Toyota/Lexus engineers watching this forum be like:
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But in all seriousness, Toyota has had modular platforms (I remember the K platform and N platform that underpinned many mainstream vehicles in the early 2000s/2010s), and has been continued with the introduction of TNGA platforms. I am surprised too that they don't have a modular platform for sports cars (would the N platform count?). Would an argument against a modular sports car platform be that the sports cars would be too similar/share the same character? I know that the GR86 and Supra currently use different engine types (boxer vs. inline 6), so I was wondering if a modular platform could account for such differences? Though I know vehicles can be differentiated through tuning various components differently, I was wondering if starting from the same basis could lead to too much similarity?
(I'm not an engineer so please bear with my naivety)
Turns out the best handling car on that platform is the FX/QX70.Start building sports cars based on platforms shared across cars of different segments and you'll end up with something like the 350Z and 370Z, they look like sports cars but the way they handle is kinda meh.