Filed under: Motorsports , Europe , Technology , Toyota , Specialty , Racing Toyota has polished up its TS030 hybrid Le Mans race car for the 2013 season. Once again, the machine uses a 530-horsepower 3.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 paired with a capacitor-based hybrid system with an additional 300 horsepower on hand. This year, engineers have tweaked the drivetrain to deliver more power and efficiency while bolstering reliability. The chassis has received a few updates of its own, though Toyota is keeping those changes under wraps for the time being. Fans can expect to see a new aerodynamic package at work on the prototype, and the chassis will conform to new regulations that increase the minimum weight of LMP1 cars by 33 pounds. Last year, the TS030 won three events over six races, but ran into a number of issues during the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans . The No. 8 Toyota suffered a spectacle of a crash that saw driver Anthony Davidson hospitalized with two fractured vertebra. And while the No. 7 car briefly held the lead over rival Audi , trouble in the pits and engine failure eventually saw that car sidelined as well.
Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , UK , Racing It’s about time we saw someone cook up a legitimate race version of the delectable Toyota GT86 , and now it looks as if GPRM has done just that. The Buckingham-based race engineering team has built the creation you see here, complete with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder boxer cooked up by Nicholson McLaren Engines. The team says the new mill delivers between 360 and 400 horsepower to the rear wheels depending on final testing, which is a sight bit more than the 197 horses the naturally aspirated stock mill offers. The car will compete in GT4 events, including the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Technically, the GPRM effort isn’t factory backed, but the team says the effort “has the blessing of Toyota Great Britain.” How could it not? You can check out the brief press release below below , and be sure to take a closer look at the machine in our gallery. Continue reading Toyota GT86 GT4 racer is ready for UK competition Toyota GT86 GT4 racer is ready for UK competition originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Motorsports , Etc. , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , Racing The start of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is just six weeks away, and the contenders are beginning to get dressed up for the battle. Joe Gibbs Racing TV shows how that’s done with a time-lapse video of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota Camry getting its bright, tailored suit of logos headed by sponsor M&Ms. Of note, the base racecar is already wrapped to look like a Camry in matte black, and we raised at least one eyebrow watching how the puzzle pieces of the top wrap get put together over the bodywork. See for yourself in the video below . Continue reading Watching Kyle Busch’s NASCAR racer get its game face on is a wrapper’s delight Watching Kyle Busch’s NASCAR racer get its game face on is a wrapper’s delight originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Etc. , BMW , Ford , GM , Infiniti , Mercedes-Benz , Toyota , Specialty , Tesla , Racing Popular Science has named the winners in its Best of What’s New awards, the victors coming in the categories of aerospace, automotive, engineering, entertainment, gadgets, green, hardware, health, home, recreation, security and software. The automotive category did not go wanting for lauded advancements: Tesla Model S : the Grand Award winner for being “the standard by which all future electric vehicles will be measured.” BMW 328i : it’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gets called out for being more powerful and frugal than the six-cylinder it replaces. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta : towering power, towering top speed, 30 percent more fuel efficient than the 599 Fiorano it replaces. Toyota RAV4 EV : the all-electric SUV accelerates better than many conventional SUVs, goes 100 mph and actually beats EPA mileage estimates. Porsche Cayenne Diesel : 406 pound-feet of torque, 33 highway mpg, up to 800 miles from a single tank and Cayenne style, give ‘em a trophy. 2013 Ford Fusion : its three flavors – standard, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid – “are the most efficient models in their classes,” that latter one expected to outdo the Chevrolet Volt’s EPA mileage rating. The DeltaWing : gets kudos for being “the most efficient racecar in history.” Mercedes-Benz Magic Vision Control : a holistic solution to keeping your windshield clean and clear year-round. General Motors ‘ MyLink : takes the in-car computer out of the car, puts it in the driver’s smartphone. Infiniti Back-Up Collision Intervention: rear-mounted radar and sonar keep track of what’s behind you and brake automatically if an obstacle is detected so you don’t hit things when you back that Infiniti up.
Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SUV , Toyota , Police/Emergency , Specialty , Racing Oh, SEMA . There’s no other show on the face of the planet that would be so bold as to serve up a creation like the one seen above. This is the questionably named DragQuoia, and it’s a slammed Toyota Sequoia with a 650-horsepower TRD supercharged V8 engine shoved under the hood, complete with nitrous. Toyota says the machine can bolt down the quarter mile in somewhere between nine and 10 seconds, thanks in part to the fact it has been stripped of 1,600 pounds of “non-essential” weight – presumably dirty diapers and sippy cups. The DragQuoia was built by NHRA Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown as part of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. A set of 21.5-inch wide rear tires help shuttle the power to the pavement, and indoors, the DragQuoia features four race seats with harnesses for fun with the family as well as a full roll cage and an appropriately sized parachute. The DragQuoia faces off against a Kyle Busch-designed Camry , a Prius whipped up by Clint Bowyer and a Tundra penned by Alexis DeJoria. Fans can vote for their favorite, with the winner taking home a $50,000 check from Toyota from their charity of choice. Check out the full press release below . Continue reading Toyota readies “DragQuoia” Sequoia Family Dragster for SEMA Toyota readies “DragQuoia” Sequoia Family Dragster for SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:01:00 EST.
TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 13, 2012) — Kyle Busch—whose 104 career wins across all three of its top series make him one of NASCAR’s top drivers in terms of diversity—is now hoping to head to the winner’s circle in a different kind of race: the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge ( www.ToyotaRacingDreamBuild.com ). Busch—one of four racing stand-outs pitted against each other in the vehicle-modification build competition—is diving into a 2012 Toyota Camry SE and remaking it into the “Rowdy Edition” Camry, named for Busch’s nickname on the racing circuit, “Rowdy.”
Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Scion , Toyota We haven’t stopped swooning over the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ twins and their corner-carving magic. For those overseas who enjoy the rear-drive coupe under the Toyota name as the GT86 , things just got a little corner-carve-ier. This GT86 TRD is everyone’s favorite rear-drive, boxer-engined Toyota, albeit fitted with a full selection of Toyota Racing Development parts. The GT86 TRD gets a more aggressive air dam, side skirts, rear diffuser and a trunk lid spoiler. There are also stainless steel rear diffusers and buyers can choose from two different sets of 18-inch TRD aluminum wheels. Inside the cabin, the driver is rewarded with a center console-mounted pushbutton start and new leather-wrapped shift knob, but things get more interesting under the skin. The TRD version features added stabilizers and an adjustable shock absorber and spring set. Other TRD kit includes front and rear monoblock brake calipers, upgraded brake lines and a high response muffler. Of particular note is the TRD Door Stabilizer. It employs a spacer that automatically fills the strike gap in the door when closed, which Toyota says improves torsional rigidity.
Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Toyota , UK , Design/Style If you liked the Martini Racing Porsche 918 Spyder we just brought you, then you ought to dig this, too. Toyota is bringing back its Team Toyota GB livery for the GT 86 entry into the Britcar 24 Hours. Unlike the the classically decorated 918 , we can confirm that the so-hot-right-now Toyota coupe will actually be racing. The livery harkens back to the AE86 of the raging 80s for the Japanese-British race team. Successfully campaigned by Tiff Needell and others, it took on the likes of an Atari-sponsored Mitsubishi Starion . How’s that for getting your 80s fix? Team Toyota GB ran with great success in the British Touring Car and British Rally Championships in the 80s and early 90s. The rendering released by Toyota, seen above, boasts the livery of that heyday in lightweight Japanese racing. This will not be the first time that Toyota has entered a GT 86 in competition. The Japanese automaker ran it at the N
Filed under: Motorsports , Budget , China , Hatchback , Toyota , Racing This could be something or it could be nothing, but it’s got us curious and we have no idea what it is. A site in China found what appear to be renderings of a three-door Toyota Yaris wearing an as-yet-unseen body kit and a Lexus -shaped grille. The changes are thorough, and alterations like the bulging fenders front and back and the deep skirting all-round indicate that they aren’t taken casually. Of particular note is the spindle grille lifted from the Lexus design book and what looks like an aero element around the rear glass. Theories so far are that it is a concept for an upcoming Chinese auto show, a sportier Yaris production model that will be added to the lineup, a factory-installed kit or a tuner kit. Or it could have something to do with Toyota’s return to the World Rally Championship. A company source has already cited the Yaris as the car that “makes sense,” with Autoweek reporting it will be a “Yaris-based” entry even though the Yaris is too short according to the WRC regulations. One issue with that, though, is that the tiny, split-twin exhaust pipes make no sense for a WRC car; the Mini WRC car runs its pipes the same way, but they’re huge. We will look out for more information on whatever kind of Yaris this might be. Is Toyota working on a Lexus-influenced extreme Yaris?