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.

Is Japan’s Prius Cup the world’s most boring form of motorsports?

Is Japan’s Prius Cup the world’s most boring form of motorsports?

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Hybrid , Japan , Toyota Drivers in Japan have once again taken to the track in an effort to wring maximum mileage from their Toyota hybrids. According to AutoWeek , the Prius Cup resumed this year after a two-year hiatus. Toyota officials said they have no plans to bring the hybrid competition to the U.S., but played up their promises to compete and win at Le Mans next June with a hybrid . Dealerships fielded teams at Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan, for a national championship race held on December 7. Puttering around the Formula 1 track at Fuji, at least one team managed an astounding 80 miles per gallon in their hypermiling efforts, according to the report. But is it really racing when the drivers are attempting to maintain an average speed of 37 miles per hour and coasting up hills? We will give them credit though – at least they do turn both left and right. Is Japan’s Prius Cup the world’s most boring form of motorsports? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Prius GT300 coming to SuperGT

Toyota Prius GT300 coming to SuperGT

December 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Hybrid , Sedan , Toyota , Racing We heard the rumors in Tokyo , but wouldn’t believe it until we saw it. And here it is. Toyota will be replacing its Axio racer with a Prius for next year’s SuperGT season. The touring car Prius will reportedly run in the GT300 class against the recently released Subaru BRZ and Honda CR-Z , the latter of which – like the Prius – will use some kind of hybrid drivetrain in the championship. We don’t have any hard details on the powertrain just yet, but expect more to be revealed sometime in January. Toyota Prius GT300 coming to SuperGT originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king [UPDATE]

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king [UPDATE]

November 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SEMA Show , SUV , Toyota , Specialty , Off-Road , Racing Lexus looks to be giving the Baja 1000 its due. The luxury automaker showed off an LX 570 built by JT Grey Racing to take to the desert sands. With dual King Racing shocks, large 37-inch BF Goodrich tires and a host of safety equipment, the high-riding SUV looks ready to do battle with the best of them. Inside, Sparco was kind enough to supply a set of racing seats as well as an EVO steering wheel. A Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 navigation ensures that the driver knows where the course is headed, and a Kenwood 110 radio and intercom system means that driver and navigator can stay in contact. Does this mean that Lexus is heading to Baja? We doubt it, though Toyota has already made it clear that the company intends to take to the legendary endurance course with its Long Beach Racers Tacoma. We think there would be plenty of room in the ranks for this LX 570, too, but that’s just us. UPDATE: While Lexus may not have a Baja pedigree, JT Grey Racing does. The team is planning to campaign this vehicle in next year’s race in an attempt to knock out a second Stock-Full Championship.

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SEMA Show , SUV , Toyota , Specialty , Off-Road , Racing Lexus looks to be giving the Baja 1000 its due. The luxury automaker showed off an LX 570 built by JT Grey Racing to take to the desert sands. With dual King Racing shocks, large 37-inch BF Goodrich tires and a host of safety equipment, the high-riding SUV looks ready to do battle with the best of them. Inside, Sparco was kind enough to supply a set of racing seats as well as an EVO steering wheel. A Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 navigation ensures that the driver knows where the course is headed, and a Kenwood 110 radio and intercom system means that driver and navigator can stay in contact. Does this mean that Lexus is heading to Baja? We doubt it, though Toyota has already made it clear that the company intends to take to the legendary endurance course with its Long Beach Racers Tacoma. We think there would be plenty of room in the ranks for this LX 570, too, but that’s just us. JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Long Beach Racers Tacoma is ready to tackle the Baja 1000

Toyota Long Beach Racers Tacoma is ready to tackle the Baja 1000

November 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , Performance , Truck , Toyota , Off-Road , Racing Toyota is headed to the Baja 1000 next year with a special Tacoma built specifically to take the worst that the Mexican desert can throw at it. The pickup has been specially-prepared by Long Beach Racers, a group of Toyota enthusiasts who have made a habit of building some of the toughest trucks to take to the off-road race. Created as a tribute to the production Tacoma TRD TX, the Long Beach Racers Tacoma boasts custom Bilstein 60mm racing shocks and 16-inch TRD wheels clad in 35-inch BF Goodrich tires. A SCORE-approved roll cage should keep everyone inside safe in the event of a shiny-side-down event. In order to keep weight as low as possible, the team opted for carbon-fiber skid plates underneath. That’s a good thing, considering that a 50-gallon fuel cell has replaced the stock tank. A TRD big brake kit is on hand to help bring all of that liquid weight down from speed, and an array of Hella HID lights means that drivers and can see the course ahead once the sun sets. Toyota Long Beach Racers Tacoma is ready to tackle the Baja 1000 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Kenneth Moen drifts a hillclimb with his bonkers Toyota Supra turbo

Kenneth Moen drifts a hillclimb with his bonkers Toyota Supra turbo

October 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Etc. , Videos , Toyota Nothing incinerates a perfectly good set of tires better than a drift car. And no drift car makes as much smoke as Kenneth Moen’s turbocharged Toyota Supra . Yes, Ken Block turns out some great videos with high production values and plenty of tail-wagging craziness… but wait ’til you get a load of this. Moen pointed his battle-scarred Supra in the general direction of ‘up’ at the Lysg

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