Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack

Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack

June 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Hybrid , Audi , Nissan , Toyota , Diesel There were times during the past two days of qualifying when it looked like Audi might own the first two rows of the starting grid for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans . The R18 e-tron quattro hybrid cars were running the quickest lap times, with the two diesel R18 Ultras following close behind. The two Toyota TS 030 hybrid cars were also quick, but it seemed they were always nipping at the heels of an Audi’s lap time, much like the Audis used to trail the faster Peugeots during qualifying for Le Mans races of the recent past. And we all know how that usually ended for Peugeot . So when the third and final qualifying session ended last evening, we were surprised to learn the starting grid had ended up as anything but expected. An Audi will have pole position, and a hybrid car at that, which marks the first time such a powertrain has earned the honor. The No. 1 R18 e-tron quattro beat all comers with a fastest lap of 3:23.787, nearly two seconds quicker than last year’s pole. Next to the first R18 e-tron quattro will be another R18, but not a hybrid. The No.

Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day

Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day

June 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota , Racing The Toyota TS030 Hybrid made its Le Mans debut this past weekend during the event’s single day test session on Sunday, marking the first time a Toyota prototype has run at Cirque De La Sarthe since the GT-One, codenamed TS020, competed at the 24 hour race in ’98 and ’99. It was no surprise that Audi ran the fastest times during the two practice sessions – the pair of Audi R18 E-Tron Quattros nabbed the top spots – but there is little doubt that Toyota considers their results to be positive. After all, success in racing, particularly for a brand-new car at Le Mans, can be defined in a variety of ways. The quickest TS030 Hybrid ran just a little over a second behind the top Audi (3:27.204 vs 3:25.927), a time that is more than competitive. “We are continuously adjusting and improving the system, so each test day brings a step forward and that was true again today,” said Hisatake Murata, the team’s project leader. You can see the Toyota TS030 Hybrid in action at Le Mans in the gallery above, or scroll down below to read the official announcement from Toyota Motorsport GmbH. Continue reading Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota converts all-electric ‘Ring racer to Pikes Peak hill climber [w/video]

Toyota converts all-electric ‘Ring racer to Pikes Peak hill climber [w/video]

June 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota , Electric , Racing The number of electric race cars entered into this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb continues to grow with Toyota Motorsports GmbH announcing today that its TMG EV P002 race car will compete at the 90th annual climb to the clouds. While this will be Toyota’s first trip to the Peak with the TMG EV P002, this won’t be the car’s first motorsports outing. Last year it set the lap record for an electric car at the N

Watch Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda drive the new NASCAR Camry

Watch Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda drive the new NASCAR Camry

May 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Videos , Toyota , Racing When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda wanted to give his company’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Camry a shakedown run, Kyle Busch was chosen to ride shotgun. Even though Busch has won 85 races driving Toyotas in three NASCAR series, it was Toyoda who took the driver’s seat for a spin around Daytona International Speedway. The redesigned Camry stocker is expected to be submitted for approval this summer, and you can watch Akio Toyoda put it through its paces in the video below . Continue reading Watch Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda drive the new NASCAR Camry Watch Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda drive the new NASCAR Camry originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 May 2012 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota TS030 and Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro pose for the camera

Toyota TS030 and Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro pose for the camera

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Audi , Toyota , Racing While the Toyota TS030 Hybrid won’t be participating in this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium due to a crash in pre-season testing last month , that didn’t stop the automaker from bringing the new endurance racer as a preview for what’s to come for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. The TS030 even made time for a quick photoshoot at the infamous Eau Rouge alongside the new Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, which happens to be making its race debut this weekend. While both the Audi and Toyota employ hybrid powertrains, a first for endurance prototypes, each go about it in very different ways. The TS030 makes use of a naturally aspirated 3.4-liter V8 while the R18 e-tron Quattro uses a turbocharged diesel V6. Audi’s hybrid system powers the front wheels, hence the Quattro name, while Toyota has yet to announce whether it’s system will drive the front or rear wheels. The closed cockpit racers make for quite an attractive couple, and we hope it’s a pairing that will form a lasting rivalry in the coming years. Toyota TS030 and Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro pose for the camera originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 May 2012 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Adam Carolla wins Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity/Pro race

Adam Carolla wins Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity/Pro race

April 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota , Celebrities Adam Carolla has thrice contested the Toyota Celebrity/Pro race held before the Long Beach Grand Prix, previously finishing third and ninth but this year taking the chequered flag in first place. After qualifying positions were set based on the last free practice times due to washout rains, Carolla started second behind Kim Coates of the F/X show Sons of Anarchy. Three laps in, Carolla had got into the lead and crashes behind gave him some daylight. With under two laps to go, however, Hill Harper from CSI: NY had the front bumper of his Scion tC tapping Carolla’s rear, but there wasn’t enough time left in the race for Harper to get around. Third place was nabbed by Toyota dealer Biff Gordon, with drifter Frederic Asabo (above left) the first professional to cross the line, in fourth. Adam Carolla wins Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity/Pro race originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing

Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing

March 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Hatchback , Lexus , Toyota , Racing Cash-strapped enthusiasts may not have had much to get all sticky over from Camp Toyota in recent years, but the automaker’s new GT 86 / Scion FR-S coupe promises to mine a rich paystreak of driving enjoyment. And while we’re big (okay, huge) fans of the car’s low-speed dynamic thrills, not every enthusiast is so forgiving of its rather middling power and acceleration figures. We knew it wouldn’t take long for the aftermarket to remedy this perceived power deficit with things like forced induction and ECU reflashes, but we foolishly expected a full engine swap to take a bit longer than it apparently has. What you’re looking at here is Manabu “Max” Orido’s Toyota GT 86 prepped for drifting in D1 Grand Prix events. In this case, that means the two-door has been gutted and stuffed with the 5.0-liter V8 from the Lexus IS F , one of Toyota’s more emotive offerings thanks to its honkin’ great eight. Orido’s GT 86 is shown here undergoing shakedown testing, and from the looks of things, the transplant appears to be going rather swimmingly. At first glance, we even dig the more aggressive widebody look, lack of paint and all. Check it out for yourself below , and be sure to have your speakers on. Continue reading Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:56:00 EST.

Is this show-off the first to crash a Toyota GT 86?

Is this show-off the first to crash a Toyota GT 86?

March 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Toyota We all tend to get a bit overzealous at times – we’ll call it part of human nature – and as many times as not, our tendencies to show off manifest themselves most when we’re behind the wheel of a hot new sports car. Like, say the brand new Toyota GT 86 , also known as the 2013 Scion FR-S here in the States, or, in Subaru form, the BRZ . Such is the case with the unlucky fellow you’ll see in the video embedded below. During what appears to be a drive event for Toyota’s new coupe, taking place on a wet track in what we believe is Japan, one driver exceeded his talent level in a bright red GT 86, sending it careening into a makeshift wall. The good news is that it was a low-speed mishap, which means nobody was injured and the car will need little more than a decent buffing. Or maybe a new fascia… either way, no big deal. See the video clip below . Continue reading Is this show-off the first to crash a Toyota GT 86? Is this show-off the first to crash a Toyota GT 86?

First Toyota 2000GT produced goes up for sale

First Toyota 2000GT produced goes up for sale

January 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Classics , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , Racing A design and engineering icon, the Toyota 2000GT is the forefather of all Japanese supercars, the ancestor to which the Acura NSX , Nissan GT-R and Lexus LFA must pay homage. It’s rare enough to find a 2000GT for sale, but the example being offered by Maine Line Exotics is particularly special. MF10-100001 is the first Toyota 2000GT produced, and one of the three that Toyota delivered to Shelby American Racing in 1967 to be prepped for the 1968 SCCA season. Two of those cars raced under the Shelby-Toyota banner in 1968. MF10-100001 wore the #23 and was driven by Davey Jordan. How much does Maine Line Exotics want for this important piece of automotive history? How does $1.7 million grab you? Head over to Maine Line Exotics for more information. First Toyota 2000GT produced goes up for sale originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

First Toyota FT-86 coupe dyno’d

First Toyota FT-86 coupe dyno’d

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Japan , Videos , Toyota Well, that didn’t take long. The First Toyota FT-86 (a.k.a. Scion FR-S ) has made its way to the dyno courtesy of the good people at HKS . How’d it do? The vehicle managed to spin the rollers at 170 rear-wheel horsepower, which dovetails with the 200 crank horsepower announced by Toyota and Subaru after calculating a 15-percent driveline loss. Of course, whenever HKS gets involved, you can feel safe betting your lunch money that forced induction won’t be far behind. True to form, HKS showed off its handiwork on a drift car version of the new sports coupe from Toyota. The FT-86 looks more than happy to dance through a few chicanes sideways, and we can’t wait to see the vehicle go fender-to-fender with the best of them. Click past the jump to check out the dyno video for yourself.

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