Herwig Daenens, Toyota Master driver in interview

Herwig Daenens, Toyota Master driver in interview

17.03.2020: INTERVIEW: HERWIG DAENENS, TOYOTA MASTER DRIVER HERWIG DAENENS WAS THE TOYOTA MASTER DRIVER for the development of the GR Supra – both the 3.0 and 2.0-litre models, which were developed side-by-side in an extensive pr


INTERVIEW: HERWIG DAENENS, TOYOTA MASTER DRIVER



HERWIG DAENENS WAS THE TOYOTA MASTER DRIVER for the development of the GR Supra – both the 3.0 and 2.0-litre models, which were developed side-by-side in an extensive programme that took place on circuits and a wide variety of different roads around the world.




Here he gives a first-hand insight to the detailed work carried out to ensure the Supra 2.0 achieved its handling performance goals.



What were the targets for the GR Supra 2.0 in terms of the driving experience?



They were similar to those for the 3.0 model, in that we set ourselves the target of matching the dynamic performance of one its key competitors.




What are the principal differences when it comes to handling, agility and responsiveness, compared to the 3.0-litre model?




It is not a question of one version being better than the other – they are both great cars in their own way. With the 3.0-litre you have tremendous power and silky-smooth performance of the six-cylinder engine, while the lighter, 2.0-litre combines a decent level of engine performance with even sharper handling DNA.




How significant were the size, weight and location of the engine in defining the Supra 2.0’s performance?

The location of the engine is part of the vehicle’s basic architecture. With Supra we have made a huge engineering effort to push the powertrain as far back in the car and position it as low as possible. Of course, engine size is an important factor, and actually determines its location.



And, as in any sports car, you want to keep the weight of the engine, and indeed all components, as low as possible. Because of the shorter length of the 2.0-litre unit, we had the opportunity to move the engine mass even closer to the centre of the car.





Have other chassis modifications been necessary to achieve the desired ride and handling?


Yes, of course we had to modify the chassis set-up for the four-cylinder engine. With less mass, you have to correct the spring rates and adjust the load heights to achieve the desired ride height and natural frequency – the eigen frequency. As a result, the dampers had to be re-tuned as well. The Adaptive Variable Suspension, the limited-slip differential and the electric power steering also required specific tuning of their operating parameters.



The architectural characteristics of the car gave us a decent base to work on, but nevertheless we spent a lot of time fine-tuning as we set ourselves high targets for the car.




How long was the testing process and where did it take place?



The total testing for GR Supra from early mechanical prototype to production version was spread over five years. During that time we took Supra all over Europe and made frequent visits to the USA and Japan as well. As it is sports car, we spent quite some time on tracks – including the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring – but we also tuned our set-up on public roads.


Both versions were developed simultaneously from the second development stage. The earliest prototypes (for the first development stage) were all equipped with the 3.0-litre engine. The major learnings we gained from those were carried over to the 2.0-litre.






Were there any surprises during that process?


During the final sign-off drives of the pre-production models, we found that after extended circuit driving in dry conditions, the right-hand front wing and door were always dirty with sand and dust.



After investigation, we traced this to a design issue with the filler cap on the washer fluid tank (common to both 3.0 and 2.0 models), which led to fluid being spilled under extreme lateral acceleration. This hadn’t been noticeable when using camouflaged cars. Even though the design had been fixed for a long time, a change was still made to address the issue.





What will be the key rewards in terms of driving experience for customers who chose the GR Supra 2.0?



I can assure them they will be pleasantly surprised by the performance of the “little brother” in all aspects – even if they choose not to add the Sport Pack.
 


EQUIPMENT GRADES



    Entry-level Live specification includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 8.8-inch multimedia display and Alcantara seat upholstery

    Connect, Premium and Sport packs to enhance equipment, styling, connectivity and handling

    Special Fuji Speedway limited edition model available at launch – production for Europe limited to 200 examples





AT ENTRY LEVEL, the new 2.0-litre GR Supra is offered in Live specification,with standard features including 18-inch alloy wheels, a four-speaker 100 W audio system with 8.8-inch touchscreen display and sports seats upholstered in black Alcantara.



Toyota Supra Safety is also be provided, equipping the car with a Pre-Crash Safety system with Braking Function, Pedestrian and Cyclist detection with Braking Function, Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Active Steering, Road Sign Assist and an Intelligent Speed Assist.



Customers can build on this specification to suit their preferences for style, performance and connectivity with a series of option packs.



The Connect pack adds a navigation system and connectivity for links to useful on-line services.




The Premium pack provides high-quality comfort and convenience features, including a 12-speaker 425W JBL premium sound system, head-up display, wireless smartphone charger, black leather upholstery and power seat adjustment with memory setting. It also takes in the elements of the Connect pack, plus additional storage and interior lighting features.



The Sport pack focuses on handling and performance, equipping the car with Adaptive Variable Suspension, an Active Differential and sport braking system. More detailed information on these features is given in the Performance and Chassis and Handling chapters above.

 

MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM




The standard multimedia system for the GR Supra 2.0 is controlled via a centrally mounted 8.8-inch high-resolution TFT touchscreen display. This can also be operated using a controller on the centre console which has an intuitive touchpad control on its upper surface. It is designed for fingertip control so the driver doesn’t have to change their position at the wheel to operate it.



The package includes a four-speaker audio system with DAB radio reception, Bluetooth, a USB port and wireless smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay. Customers opting for the Connect pack further benefit from navigation with 3D mapping, voice recognition and access to connected online services to help with journey information such as traffic and weather conditions, parking and fuel availability.




- Stephane Lesuisse, photos Toyota

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17.03.2020 / MaP

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