Filed under: Concept Cars , Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , UK In the midst of the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed , there’s a particularly special Toyota running up the hill. This special entry is a GT86 (the cousin to our Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ ) that’s been poked, prodded, and tweaked by the minds at Toyota Racing Development . The result of TRD’s fettling is a nearly race-ready car. Starting with the body, the hood, doors, trunk lid, and wings are all made of carbon fiber. The lightweight treatment doesn’t end there, though. The bumpers, fenders, and diffuser all feature carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, while the windows are now made of polycarbonate plastic. Under the hood sits the same 2.0-liter boxer engine found in the standard GT86, but its six-speed manual gearbox features a shorter final drive ratio for improved acceleration. The coilover suspension has been firmed up, and a TRD mechanical limited-slip differential replaces the Torsen unit. The TRD Griffon rides on TWS 18-inch wheels and Yokohama Advan tires. To bring proceedings to a stop, TRD has fitted its own mono-block caliper kit, complete with more robust racing pads.
TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 21, 2012 — The Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge, having already donated $50,000 to winner Kyle Busch's charity and another $50,000 split among the other three teams’ charities, has one more big prize to give to a lucky fan: The Toyota Racing Dream Trip Grand Prize. That fan is Christina R. from Buckeye, Ariz.
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 30, 2012 — All the votes are counted and the fans have spoken: Kyle Busch and his track-inspired black-on-black “Rowdy Edition” Camry have won the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Busch’s efforts earned a check from Toyota for $50,000 that goes to his chosen charity for the competition, the Kyle Busch Foundation. Toyota made the announcement today at the SEMA Show with the help of TV racing commentator and Top Gear USA host, Rutledge Wood, master of ceremonies for the event.
Toyota will hold a press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 30 at 11:00 a.m. PDT to introduce nine customized vehicles for its SEMA Show display and to announce the winner of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge.
TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 20, 2012) – NHRA Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown has hatched an extreme concept for his Sequoia in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge ( www.ToyotaRacingDreamBuild.com ). Straight line speed is what Top Fuel is all about, and Brown left no stone unturned to make sure his vehicle is the fastest of the four in the competition.
TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 20, 2012) – Alexis DeJoria, one of only two women ever to win an NHRA Alcohol Funny Car race, is now the only woman in a different kind of competitive event – the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge ( www.ToyotaRacingDreamBuild.com ).
TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 20, 2012) – Kyle Busch, whose 104 career wins across all three of its top series make him one of NASCAR’s top drivers, 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, took on a 2012 Toyota Camry SE and remade it into the “Rowdy Edition” Camry, named for his “Rowdy” handle on the racing circuit. The Rowdy Edition Camry is all about style and substance.
Voting Begins as Completed Vehicles are Unveiled this Saturday In the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 — After weeks of following four accomplished Toyota racing drivers and their talented build teams create four utterly unique and exciting vehicles for the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge, anxious fans will finally get to see the completed vehicles when each is unveiled on the Dream Build website ( www.toyotaracingdreambuild.com ) this Saturday, Oct. 20.
TORRANCE, Calif., October 16, 2012 — The Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge, which will be making charitable donations totaling $100,000, is giving fans a chance to win too. For 10 days, fans not only get to help their favorite drivers, builds and charities win, they also have opportunities to win prizes themselves.
TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 8, 2012) — Customizing a vehicle can often be broken down into a series of tasks that can then be scheduled and executed—at least until the clock runs out. Then all bets are off. And so it goes for the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge teams with time to complete their ambitious builds coming to a close in about two weeks, just before voting begins on October 20. And just like a race car, these one-off rides must be ready to go when the green flag drops.