Gazoo heads to the Nürburgring with Lexus LFA Code X

Gazoo heads to the Nürburgring with Lexus LFA Code X

January 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Lexus , Toyota , Racing You’d be forgiven for thinking just because the Lexus LFA has ended its production run (it’s been over a year now) that Toyota would have ceased its development. You’d be forgiven, but Gazoo Racing is here to tell you you’d still be wrong. One of Toyota’s many works racing teams, Gazoo is returning to the 24-hour endurance race at the N

TMG still developing Lexus LS Sports 650 [w/video]

TMG still developing Lexus LS Sports 650 [w/video]

August 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Performance , Europe , Lexus , Toyota If you’re going to make a super sedan, you’d better do it in Germany. That’s where Audi , BMW and Mercedes-Benz do it, along with third parties like Alpina , Brabus and G-Power , among others. Deutschland is the epicenter of the movement, regularly churning out the most powerful four-door rockets in the world. It’s also where one of the racing divisions for Toyota has been hard at work on the TMG Sports 650 . Toyota Motorsport GmbH started with a Lexus LS and turned it into a 641-horsepower, twin-turbocharged super sedan it revealed late last year at the Essen Motor Show. But though we haven’t heard much about it since then, the team behind Toyota’s F1 and Le Mans efforts are apparently still hard at work on the project. Speaking with Lexus’ own UK blog, TMG chief Alastair Moffitt revealed that the project started way back in 2010, shortly after Toyota shut down its F1 program and left the racing team with nothing to do. The 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 was initially producing as much as 800 horsepower, but has since been refined to 650 so that it could theoretically be put into production and onto the road. That’s something TMG hasn’t done before, but is keen to start, positioning itself alongside Toyota Racing Development in the US and Gazoo Racing in Japan as an in-house tuning division which Toyota and Lexus could rely on for this kind of project. To that end, TMG has been testing its prototype at the N

Gazoo Racing teases Toyota GT86-based concept for Tokyo Auto Salon

Gazoo Racing teases Toyota GT86-based concept for Tokyo Auto Salon

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon The Tokyo Auto Salon will welcome a Toyota GT86 (known here as the Scion FR-S ) tuned by Gazoo Racing , said to be called the GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum. We only get the briefest of teasers right now before the show begins on January 11, so we don’t have much to go on beyond a unique lower front fascia and headlight treatment, a hood with at least one scoop, and a giant wing with unique LED taillights out back. Assuming this coupe is a further development of the GRMN Sports FR Concept from earlier in 2012, it will likewise use a twin-charged version of the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder and put out something like 330 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. We’ll get the rest of the skinny in about two weeks, so for now, there’s a gallery of other teased angles above. Gazoo Racing teases Toyota GT86-based concept for Tokyo Auto Salon originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota GT 86, Lexus LFA racers ready for Nürburgring 24 Hours

Toyota GT 86, Lexus LFA racers ready for Nürburgring 24 Hours

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Europe , Lexus , Toyota , Racing Toyota and Lexus are gearing up for this year’s N

Gazoo Racing drums up twincharged 320-horsepower Toyota GT86

Gazoo Racing drums up twincharged 320-horsepower Toyota GT86

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Performance , Europe , Toyota As if turbos weren’t enough. Gazoo Racing (full name: Gazoo Racing Masters of N

Toyota to field GT 86 pair at the Nürburgring 24 – could WRC be far behind? [w/video]

Toyota to field GT 86 pair at the Nürburgring 24 – could WRC be far behind? [w/video]

April 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota , Racing You don’t build a chassis as superbly balanced and capable as that which underpins the Subaru BRZ , Toyota GT 86 and Scion FR-S without taking it racing. Fortunately the Japanese auto marques involved have plenty of competition spirit coursing through their veins, and are already gearing up to take the nimble little sportscar racing at events around the world. Subaru recently unveiled the GT300 racing version of the BRZ which it will be fielding in Japan’s SuperGT series, and now Toyota is following suit with the announcement that it will be bringing not one, but two examples of its GT 86 to the N

Toyota to reveal GRMN Hybrid concept at Nürburgring 24

Toyota to reveal GRMN Hybrid concept at Nürburgring 24

June 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Hybrid , Europe , Technology , Toyota Toyota GRMN Hybrid Concept II – Click above for high-res image Toyota is set to pull the sheets back on a new convertible sports hybrid at this year’s Nurburgring 24-Hour endurance race. Co-developed by Gazoo Racing , the GRMN Hybrid Concept II is a slightly updated version of the concept that Toyota displayed at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon . With its gasoline engine mounted mid-ship and a hybrid all-wheel-drive system, the GRMN should deliver drivers plenty of grip and excellent balance as well. Total combined output sits at 295 horsepower, with 245 ponies coming from the gasoline V6 and another 50 arriving via an electric motor. That motor supplies power to the two front wheels only. The automaker says the machine weighs in at less than 3,300 lbs, though there’s no indication as to what sort of fuel economy to expect from the drop-head. So, when can you buy one? We wouldn’t hold our breath. With its wild looks and pricey all-wheel-drive system, it’ll be a cold day in Toyota City before the GRMN lands on dealer lots. Hit the jump for the press release.

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