IN 2006, Toyota abandoned their aging Supra program in favor of a specially developed Lexus SC430 that met SuperGT GT500 rules. Accordingly, it uses the same 3UZ-FE V8 from the Supra.
At the opening round of the 2006 season, the all-new SC430 won first time out for TOM’S with drivers Juichi Wakisaki and Andre Lotterer . They went on to win two more races and the championship despite competition from the DOME NSX and NISMO Z. They were joined by other teams such as Cerumo and Direzza.
Since the first successful year, several more teams continued with the SC430 program and it has had over 12 different liveries in the SuperGT series. Desipte being in Formula One, NASCAR, Super GT and Formula Nippon concurrently, Toyota have remained dedicated to the SC430 in Japan.
In 2009 the factory entries consisted of five SC430s for TOM’S, Tsuchiya, Kraft, Cerumo and Sard.