A man on a mission
Behind every great car, lies a great mind. In the case of the new Toyota Supra, the vision and drive came from a veteran of Toyota, Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the A90 project.
Growing up as the son of a rally driver, obsessed with car magazines rather than manga comics, it comes as no surprise that Tada-san became the petrolhead he is today. After a spell as his father’s co-driver, he progressed to rally driving, and fondly recalls tweaking and adjusting the settings of his first car, a Corolla AE86, so that it handled the way he liked it.
After joining Toyota in 1987, Tada-san spent his time developing cutting-edge ABS technology for Toyota’s rally team. In the late-90s he worked with his then boss Isao Tsuzuki, chief engineer of many of Toyota’s greatest sports cars including Celica, MR2 and the A80 Supra, gaining the broader skills and experience he needed on vehicles like the family-orientated Toyota Raum.