Toyota updates Le Mans-ready TS030 hybrid for 2013 season [w/video]

Toyota updates Le Mans-ready TS030 hybrid for 2013 season [w/video]

February 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86

This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86

February 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Performance , Europe , Videos , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Humor Okay, okay – by this point in time just liking the Toyota GT86 ( Scion FR-S , Subaru BRZ , what have you) doesn’t make you special. Even if you’re a sort of funny sounding, funny looking Irishman, who probably isn’t the most seasoned car reviewer ever, digging the GT86 is not news. However, if, when you choose to publish your ten-minute-long review, you include exclamatory phrases about your own pubic hair, Ozzy Osborne’s drug habit and “gentleman vegetable stuff,” well sir, then you’ll have our attention. Don’t give up on this video, available down below , after the first couple of minutes, we implore you. The silver-tongued Irishman doesn’t really get warmed up until four minutes in, or so. Believe us, it’s worth the wait. Continue reading This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86 This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise

Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , SUV , Safety , Videos , Toyota , Specialty , Luxury We’ve seen our fair share of kitted out armored vehicles, from bullet-proof BMW models to Land Rover SUVs that can take a land mine. But Lexani Motorcars has recently put its armored car experience to work on a Toyota Sequoia . Why? The company isn’t saying, but we imagine a Toyota is somewhat less conspicuous than a high-dollar German sedan. With sufficient armoring on five sides to protect the machine from 7.62×51 mm rifle rounds and under body plating stout enough to keep the occupants safe from both grenades and land mines. But this isn’t some brutal tank. Inside, the Sequoia serves up leather seating, wine coolers galore, a massive, retractable LCD flat screen (which doubles as a cabin divider) and and beautiful wood trim. Rear passengers can see exactly what’s going on outside thanks to a bevy of discreet cameras, and most of the onboard electronics look to be controllable via an iPad. Check it out below for a closer look. Continue reading Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:34:00 EST.

How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly

How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Safety , Videos , Toyota , Off-Road YouTube is a great place to show off your vehicle and your driving skills, but more often than not, it just helps to prove that vehicle stunts should be left to the professionals. Take this particular driver, for instance. While jumping a sand dune in a Toyota FJ Cruiser , things go very wrong very quickly. There is no indication as to the condition of the driver, but we that hope he or she is okay and has learned a valuable (if expensive) lesson. The brief video of the would-be stunter is posted below . Continue reading How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

EVO “2012 Car of the Year: The Track Battles” is a sports car salmagundi

EVO “2012 Car of the Year: The Track Battles” is a sports car salmagundi

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Performance , Videos , BMW , Lotus , Mercedes-Benz , Porsche , Scion , Toyota , Luxury , MISC , McLaren EVO has come out with another gotta-watch-it video, throwing its 2012 Car of the Year contestants around the UK’s 1.5-mile Blyton Park track. It’s actually a 15-minute teaser for the full-length DVD detailing the magazine’s Car of the Year selection, but the tease is worth every penny free second. Tiff Needell and sports car racer Richard Meaden handle the wheel duties, the two driving five pairs of sports cars: Lotus Exige S vs. Porsche Boxster S , Morgan Three-Wheeler vs. Toyota GT86 , BMW M135i vs. Porsche 911 , Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series vs. Alpina B3 GT3 , the marquee event pits the McLaren MP4-12C vs. the Pagani Huayra . After a head-to-head lap with commentary during drifts, Meaden takes each car out to set a representative lap time. You’ll find the verdicts, lots of tire smoke, and lines like “Anything you can do sideways I can do sideways” in the video below .

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour

October 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota There are publicity stunts, and then there’s using a Toyota Tundra to tow the 145-ton Space Shuttle Endeavour across interstate 405 in Los Angeles . That’s exactly what happened Saturday night when Toyota lent a hand pulling the retired spacecraft over a bridge en route to the California Science Center. As it turned out, the Manchester Boulevard Bridge couldn’t stand up to the weight of both the shuttle and the traditional tow vehicle, which sent organizers searching for something a little lighter to cover the five-minute drive across the bridge. As a 20-year sponsor of the science center, Toyota stepped in to help out. The company developed a special tow dolly with Sarens Group, an engineering and heavy-lifting firm, just for the effort. A bone-stock 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 did the deed, though something tells us this little stunt greatly exceeded the machine’s tow rating. You can check out a video of the pull for yourself as well as the full press release below . Continue reading Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor

October 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota There are publicity stunts, and then there’s using a Toyota Tundra to tow the 145-ton Space Shuttle Endeavour across interstate 405 in Los Angeles . That’s exactly what happened Saturday night when Toyota lent a hand pulling the retired spacecraft over a bridge en route to the California Science Center. As it turned out, the Manchester Boulevard Bridge couldn’t stand up to the weight of both the shuttle and the traditional tow vehicle, which sent organizers searching for something a little lighter to cover the five-minute drive across the bridge. As a 20-year sponsor of the science center, Toyota stepped in to help out. The company developed a special tow dolly with Sarens Group, an engineering and heavy-lifting firm, just for the effort. A bone-stock 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 did the deed, though something tells us this little stunt greatly exceeded the machine’s tow rating. You can check out a video of the pull for yourself as well as the full press release below . Continue reading Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion?

Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion?

September 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Scion , Toyota Toyota , now all about getting its groove back, changed its ad slogan to “Let’s Go Places.” Scion , meanwhile, advertises the FR-S (Toyota 86) around the world with drift-happy regional launch videos and, in the UK, scenes of dystopian breakout . But in this corner of the world, before Scion went mature, we remember when it had hip, DJ-driven spots with editing as edgy as the image it was trying to promote. Which brings us to this 30-second spec ad, created by YouTube users Marcus Stokes and Marko Mandaric. Heavy on the bass and VFX, it pitches the FR-S in Scion’s original style. And even though the FR-S is the easy offering to slot in, we suspect the vibe might do favors for the tC and, pushing things, even the iQ simply because it’s so left-field. So while we try and figure out whether the FR-S means Scion’s got its goove back, you can check out the video below . Continue reading Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion? Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with "Spanking Orchestra"

Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with "Spanking Orchestra"

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , Japan , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Hatchback , Toyota How do you follow up androgyny ? With a Spanking Orchestra, obviously. Proving that the 2013 Toyota Auris has depths we haven’t begun to comprehend, Toyota’s Japanese ad agency has followed up the head-turning spot with Stav Strashko by kitting an Auris out with “spanking machines” and putting it on display at the Daikanyama Art Street festival. The machines are computer-controlled hands that tap (or spank, if you prefer) the car to the programmed beat. As if that weren’t enough, two pairs of free-standing hands, with arms, clap time at either end of the car. If there’s a meaning to it, we’re not aware of it, but it’s fascinating to watch. It isn’t often – actually, never – that we get to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, we present The Spankers.” You’ll find them below , and the action begins in the first video at the 2:40 mark. Continue reading Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with “Spanking Orchestra” Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with “Spanking Orchestra” originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid

Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid

August 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Videos , Toyota The Toyota GT 86 has been one of the brand’s video stars this year, gobbling up millions of frames as it makes friends in each new land. The story is no different in the Philippines, where a troupe of GT 86 coupes starred in a precision driving and drifting display at an airfield. Put together by Toyota Philippines, the video was helmed by Sid Maderazo, the same gent who brought us the supercar extravaganza at Subic Bay called The Mile . His latest work can be found by scrolling down . Continue reading Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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