The second-generation SW20 Toyota MR2 has a bit of a killer reputation, supposedly impossible to buy, difficult to own and more than a little challenging to drive. We linked up with the owner of a pristine low-mile 1991 Turbo who has not lift-off oversteered into a tree and went over some of the misconceptions and little-known features about the car. 1. Those Vents, Unlike On Just About Every Other ‘90s Car, Actually Go Somewhere That’s an air intake on the driver’s side and a route to the intercooler on the passenger side for this turbo car. Take that, Mustangs. 2. You Can Actually Fit In It (Unlike A Miata) Plus Your Stuff In Its Two Trunks If you are too tall for a Miata, fear not. The SW20 is roomier than you’d think for a little 1990s two-door, plus there’s acres of legroom. And a trunk plus a frunk. 3. The T-Tops Have Their Own Cute Little Pouches Lots of hardcore car enthusiasts hate t-tops for compromising structural rigidity of their to-be track … [Read more...] about Five Things To Know About The Toyota MR2 Turbo
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Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. We loved our new SPC Performance front upper control arms for our past project Nissan 350Z, but the bushings were SCCA-illegal as delivered. It all has to do with the bushings on the inner pivots. SCCA Street Touring rules allow for alternate bushing material, so long as you don’t replace non-metallic components with metallic components. So you can replace rubber bushings with urethane or nylon or Delrin or some other non-metallic material. Ah, but there’s another catch: When replacing the bushings, the ratio of metal to non-metal may not increase. Sounds like a real bull-crappy point, but it prevents a savvy builder from doing a full metal bushing with a thin layer of plastic and saying, “See? It’s legal.” As you can see above, the bushings would never have passed muster as compared to the … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Own Delrin and Urethane Bushings
Do you ever get sick of seeing certain cars? While I may not speak for the majority of the BangShift crew, I’ve grown apathetic to cookie cutter 30’s Street Rods as of late. I know that they are cool, and I totally understand why people like them, but the same old cookie cutter “stuff a 350/TH350 in it and paint it yellow/red/etc” formula has grown tired on me. Go to any fairground or cruise night car show this summer, and you can guarantee to see more than a few of these. Every time I see one, I yearn to see one that’s built differently than the rest. This one is different. We found this car lurking on the List of Craigs, awaiting a new owner. On the outside, it’s just another Street Rod wearing Torq Thrusts, this one being a 1933 Plymouth. Instead of a primary color, it’s wearing a shade of gold-ish tan that’s more suitable for a 1997 Camry than a car like this. But look closer, and you’ll see that there’s some design cues … [Read more...] about Perplexing Plymouth: There’s Something Off About This 1933 Plymouth Street Rod, But What Is It?
An Arizona mechanic named Nick Dawson just scored the “barn find” of the century: a 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo with less than 1,500 miles on the clock. But getting the car wasn’t easy, because it had been stolen from the dealer 25 years prior. Dawson told me over the phone that he was at work one day in Arizona when he finally decided to take a closer look at a white MR2 that had been sitting around the shop since he’d started there three and a half years prior. The car looked dusty, the paint underneath looked rough after years under the Arizona sun, and the interior was toast. But despite the car’s flaws, the mechanic—who was looking for an efficient vehicle to give his 300,000 mile 1998 Chevy K1500 Z71 a break—asked the shop owner about trying to have the car titled. “Have at it, but it’s gonna suck” the owner allegedly told him. According to the mechanic, the car had been towed to the shop in Buckeye, Arizona in 1999, and, … [Read more...] about How An Arizona Mechanic Scored A Stolen 1,461 Mile 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo For $500
Few mainstream Japanese sports cars are as desirable and evocative as the Toyota MR2 Turbo, particularly in its second generation. You can therefore imagine our amazement when we stumbled upon the story of a Reddit user purchasing a mint and barely driven 1993 MR2 that was sitting at a garage for just $500. Redditor buckeye_silverado claims that this white MR2 was sitting at the shop they worked at for the past couple of years. Upon further investigation, the enthusiast discovered from the shop owner that the sports car had actually been dropped off in 1999 because it wouldn’t run. For some strange reason, the driver of the MR2 Turbo couldn’t be contacted ever again and the car was left to sit at the shop for almost 20 years. The plot thickens… As the car had just 1461 miles or 2,351km under its belt, the Reddit user did exactly what any revhead would. He asked the shop owner if he could purchase it. After some digging, it was discovered that the MR2 Turbo had … [Read more...] about Guy Buys 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo Garage Find With 1,461 Miles For Just $500!
Name: LamboyCar: Renault Megane R26.ROwned since: August 2015Previously owned: Toyota MR2, Lotus Esprit GT3, BMW M3 (E46), Audi RS4 (B7), Ferrari F430, Porsche 911 GT3 (997.1) Why I bought it: "I also have an antipathy towards depreciation so the fact the R26.R was originally set to be limited to 230 UK examples was an important consideration. However, data from last year suggests that were only a meagre 53 examples either taxed or declared off-road; its place in the rarity charts appears to be assured. "By adding the R26.R to my collection, I hoped to spread my total annual mileage (which stays surprisingly constant) between more cars and give the more mileage sensitive supercar candy longer breaks from the stresses and strains of the public road!" What I wish I'd known: "The harness can be a little irritating particularly at petrol stations when it can take a bit longer to get yourself sorted before you can vacate the pump. Like an OCD you soon learn to take the time to … [Read more...] about Renaultsport Megane R26.R: PH Carpool
Once upon a time, couples used to go off for dirty weekends with no more luggage than a few items of clean underwear and a couple of toothbrushes. It could be that the designer of this week's Shed, a W30 Toyota MR2 Roadster, or Spyder as it was more excitingly called in the US, was into this type of outing himself, because he didn't bother including any cargo space in the dinky little convertible's layout. Well, that's not strictly true: you could ram some underpants into the gaps around the under-bonnet spare wheel, and there are two lockers behind the seats that were big enough to house a few real spiders. But if you Google 'the least practical car ever made', chances are the W30 MR2 will be right up there with the top hits. To create more luggage capacity you could simply bin the spare wheel. The 15-inch-wheeled MR2 wears 185 tyres on the front and 205s on the rear, so you've only got a 50 per cent chance of puncturing the right tyre anyway. This is an early example, effectively … [Read more...] about Shed of the Week: Toyota MR2 Roadster
The GT1 era was a golden age of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Manufacturers were required to have roadgoing versions of the race cars, which, of course, led to as many rules being bent as possible. It saw the introduction of some of the wildest road cars that the world ever saw, and since only one car needed to be built for homologation, manufacturers went nuts. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below One car that competed at Le Mans during this time was the SARD MC8-R. SARD, short for Sigma Advanced Racing Development, is a Japanese tuner and race team that was aligned with Toyota. The MC8-R was a heavily modified MR2 with a twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8 under the hood. It had 600 horsepower and looked the part, but in 1995 and 1996 it was up against some of the toughest competition Le Mans had ever seen.The MC8-R didn't stand a chance against cars like the McLaren F1, 911 GT1, and Viper GTS-R. In 1995 it retired on lap 14, in 1996 it finished second to last. That's too bad, because it looked … [Read more...] about The SARD MC8 Is the V8 Toyota MR2 You’ve Never Heard Of
The original MR2 Turbo has a reputation for snap oversteer from the factory, so you can imagine how sketchy an example with 872 horsepower at the wheels would be. Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire found out personally on a race track in Texas so we don't have to.This SW20 MR2 was assembled by ATS Racing, and features the shop's full catalog of upgrades. That includes a fully built engine capable of 1000 crank-horsepower through the use of a 2.3-liter Camry block and a Precision 6265 ball bearing turbo making up to 45 psi of boost. There's also upgraded CV joints, an upgraded twin-disc clutch, and a Wilwood big brake kit. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below On track, Farah finds the MR2's speed almost too much to handle, even for the open track. He manages to overheat the brakes after a few laps simply because he was going so fast. Even though MR2s are light, there's only so much the brakes can handle.Watch for yourself as he tries to tame the mid-engine beast. … [Read more...] about A 1000-HP Toyota MR2 Is Too Much Car, Even for the Track
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