Maybe they will bring them better luck this year. Ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, Toyota UK has prepared a trio of GT86 sports cars in classic Toyota racing liveries. Over the decades, Toyota has come unbelievably close to victory at the famed endurance race. In fact, it has even won the World Endurance Championships, but not Le Mans, which is but one race on the WEC calendar, albeit its most famous. This year, Toyota will try again with its 986-horsepower TS050 gasoline-electric hybrid race car. Perhaps having a bunch of sports coupes in past warpaint will improve Toyota's luck. The first, a blue-on-white Casio-sponsored livery, is based on the TS010, which was driven by Masanori Sekiya, Pierre-Henri Raphanel, and Kenny Acheson. The car achieved a second-place finish and actually set the fastest lap and fastest trap speed of 336 kph (209 mph) during the race, but mechanical difficulties prevented them from claiming the top spot. The second wears a white-on-red livery … [Read more...] about Toyota decks out 86 trio in classic Le Mans liveries
We're big fans of The FJ Company here at Autoblog. The outfitter builds some pretty sweet restomod Toyota off-roaders. Late last year, we were lucky enough to drive a 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ43. It was a big dose of nostalgia right to the pleasure centers of the brain. While that particular FJ — the company's Signature model — would set you back at least $200,000, The FJ Company does offer vehicles with less eye-watering price tags. No matter the cost, each model is painstakingly and meticulously restored and modernized. The video above goes through the entire build process. These truly are restored classics. The frame and steel bodywork is all original, though both have been overhauled and cleaned to perfection. Classic looks are complimented by a number of modern upgrades. Non-Signature models get a rebuilt version of a Toyota 2F inline-six. The Signature gets a new 4.0-liter Toyota V6. Each model is equipped with a new Toyota five-speed manual, power steering, disk … [Read more...] about Watch The FJ Company perfectly restore a classic Toyota Land Cruiser
I just bought another 1980s Toyota pickup, making me living proof that you should never say “never.” Oops. It seems like forever ago now, but in reality it’s been only a year. I sold my 1988 Toyota Pickup because it was too collectible to use as a truck, and the thought of it starting to rust under my watch was wearing on my conscience. But it’s amazing how quickly one’s outlook on a vehicle can change when a good deal presents itself. Like many of you, I have an insatiable craving when it comes to ’80s and ’90s rolling metal. When the focus narrows to specific niches like bare-bones four-wheel-drive Toyota pickups with manual transmissions, I get excited. And then when you throw a factory-equipped turbo engine in on top of all that, I can’t control myself. I simply must have it. As it so happens, this particular scenario just unfolded for me. Goodbye, honeymoon savings, and hello, sweet 1986 Toyota turbo pickup. I was settling into … [Read more...] about I Just Bought This Turbo 1986 Toyota Pickup Sight Unseen
The Toyota 1NZ-FE under the hood of a 2016 Toyota Yaris By Andy Lilienthal With its 16-valves, dual-overhead cams, VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence), and an output of 106 hp and 103 lb/ft of torque (give or take a couple depending on the year and application), the venerable Toyota 1NZ-FE engine made its debut in the 2000 Echo in the U.S. At the time, there weren't a whole lot of engines under 1.6 liters, with the exception of the Chevrolet Metro, Ford Aspire, Honda Insight hybrid, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio. But let's face it: That was nearly 16 years ago. Yet it's still for sale with few changes. Why does Toyota still use it? Cost. Reliability. Efficiency. But this stoic little engine is more than just that. Let's look at some more history, shall we? The 1NZ-FE-powered Echo was built from 2000 to 2005 and used in a host of other vehicles in Japan and Asia. In 2004, two other 1NZ-FE-powered cars sprung up: the boxy Scion xB and wedge-shaped Scion xA. While not … [Read more...] about The Venerable Toyota 1NZ-FE: Old. Reliable. Tunable?
► CAR's MX-5 RF long-termer► We live with Mazda's coupe-cabrio► Regular updates in daily driver diary‘Hi Ben, are you coming to Rockingham for the Ferrari shoot? I thought we could swap cars, see what we think.’ So went Mark Walton’s email pitch. To be honest, I wasn’t massively keen. I’d driven the MX-5 before, thought I preferred driving the GT86, and wondered how I’d manage with two kids but without the Toyota’s rear seats. But Mark exudes a kind of calm persuasion with a glinty madness in his eyes, and the next thing he’s pulling a huge slide past me in the GT86. The swap is on.I have a look round the Mazda and first impressions are good. The design is tauter and crisper than the Toyota’s, giving it a more premium feel, though I still rate the GT86’s looks. The MX-5’s alloy wheels underline this impression, making the Toyota’s look aftermarket and cheap. I’m just glad I deleted the … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5 RF long-term review: swapping notes with a Toyota GT86 owner
On March 2 – 4, 2018, the Classic Auto Show (CAS) is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Given such diverse car culture in SoCal, it’s only fitting that the show offers up some of the best representations of the hobby. Over 1,000 cars will be in attendance with seven newly added exhibits and a star-studded cast from the biggest automotive shows on the silver screen. Hot RodsLike bacon and eggs, hot rods and Southern California go hand in hand. The “Hot Rods” exhibit will showcase three iconic cars from Bruce Meyer’s collection: the Doane Spencer Roadster, Person Brothers 2D coupe, and the So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tank. A few big clubs from the area will be showing their rides too. The Sultans Car Club of Long Beach, Wild Bunch Car Club, Hot Paints Restorations, and the Road Kings of Burbank will all be showing some prized steel. You’ll also be able to meet the editors here at HOT ROD magazine throughout the show at our booth. Lowriders … [Read more...] about The Classic Auto Show Returns to L.A.!
Although 2017 was a great time for racing games, something rather strange was brewing in Japan.When Turn 10 revealed the Forza Motorsport 7 car list, the roster from one manufacturer seemed rather short. Turn 10 later confirmed that there would be no Toyota road cars in the game.It seemed odd, until EA announced the line up for Need for Speed: Payback. Yet again, no Toyota road cars. In fact, with the exception of the GT86, Toyota had no road vehicle presence in any of 2017’s racing games.Just last week the tide turned, with the v1.11 update for GT Sport. This brought two stunning classics from the Toyota production stable: the 1967 2000GT and the 1997 Supra RZ.With it looking like Toyota’s road cars are coming back — to GT Sport at least — we’re taking a look at what we’d choose to add, if it were up to us.Toyota GT-One Road CarLet’s get this one out of the way first. It might be the most insane road-going Toyota ever, or … [Read more...] about The 12 Awesome Toyota Road Cars We Want to See Back in Racing Games
It’s well established that Classic Trucks’ editor, Ryan Manson, marches to a different drummer (some say he stumbles to a tune no one else hears, but let’s not quibble). As a by-product of his unique approach to most things, he has produced a string of vehicles that have features that set them apart from the rest—one of his projects is an F-1 Ford pickup and one of its most notable modifications is a 1950 Pontiac dashboard.As cool as the dash transplant looked, the functionality of the gauges left something to be desired, so Ryan turned to the custom department of John McLeod’s Classic Instruments. One of their specialties is retrofitting instruments with modern electronic movements mounted in the original housing. Visually the face of the instrument may be restored to its original configuration or customized, depending on the customer’s preference.Functionally, new air core movements replace the originals. Along with much-improved accuracy, the … [Read more...] about Updated Instruments: New Electronics For Old Gauges By Classic Instruments
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed 3.5-liter V6, DOHC (278 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm; 265 lb-ft @ 4,0000 rpm)Six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive18 city / 23 highway / 20 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)19.7 (observed mileage, MPG)Base Price: $36,475As Tested: $40,617Prices include $960 freight charge I was 15 or so, basking in the heady scents of Armor-All, Windex, cheap suits, and desperation. Mom was waiting for the salesman to “check with the manager” as she negotiated for her second of six Corollas. I wandered off, as I typically did when presented with rows of shiny new cars.You’d think I’d have gravitated to the Supra, or perhaps the Celica, considering my youth and love of motorsports. Nope. The brand new first-generation Tacoma 4×4 is what caught my eye that day. Taut lines and purposeful flares made it look so much more aggressive than the old nameless Toyota Truck. Not that I hated the classic HiLux … [Read more...] about 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review – Conquering the Most Challenging Tarmac
Mazda has revealed that its iconic rotary engine will make a return. According to a report by Bloomberg, the Hiroshima-based automaker is reviving the classic technology for use in an unlikely place: battery-powered, self-driving vehicles that it’s developing with Toyota. The idea is to deliver everything from pizza to people, adds the report.Mazda will provide rotary engines that function as generators to recharge the batteries for Toyota’s driverless delivery fleet, said Masahiro Moro, president of Mazda North America in an interview. He added that the self-driving vehicles are currently in development. “This is a very suitable engine to run a generator because it’s compact and lightweight, with no noise or vibration, and it has very good fuel economy,” said Moro at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.Rotary engines require only a handful of parts to perform the burning of fuel and removal of exhaust inside a single combustion … [Read more...] about Mazda’s rotary engine to return in self-driving Toyotas