Tweet TweetAnyone can say anything about Toyota, but no one can say it produces beautiful cars. It’s the same case here: if the TS050 would participate in a beauty contest it certainly won’t be a winner. However, it’s meant to take the start at the Le Mans, and for that kind of contest it is absolutely perfect! It’s perfect because of its engine: the V6, 2.4 liter twin-turbo engine, gets the juice via a direct injection system and is helped by a 8MJ hybrid system. The engine is developed by Toyota’s Sport Division in Japan and was especially designed to be best suited to the current regulations. More, giving the Toyota on-road philosophy, to extensively use the hybrid systems, this racing heritage could be used under the future models’ hood. The concept is the same as the one used in road cars: two motor generators, positioned in front and rear, recover the braking energy from the both axles and send it to a high-power lithium-ion battery. At … [Read more...] about Toyota TS050 Hybrid: The Japanese Response
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Whenever a new hatchback is unveiled, our thoughts almost invariably turn to one question: will there be a hot version? In the case of the new Toyota Corolla hatchback (aka the Auris in other markets like Europe) it appears to be a matter of “when,” not “if.” Speaking with Motoring, Toyota’s sales and marketing chief for Australia spoke positively of the prospect. “Absolutely I do,” Sean Hanley answered on whether he thought a performance version of the new Corolla hatch could happen. “I’d like to see it as soon as possible.” The model would likely bear the GR moniker. That’d be one peg lower than the top GRMN label that’s only been applied to the smaller Yaris to date. It could have even more power, though, if it’s to go up against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the new Hyundai i30 N and the next Ford Focus ST. The limited-production Yaris GRMN boasts a 1.8-liter supercharged inline-four that sends … [Read more...] about Toyota Corolla/Auris GR Hot Hatch Could Hit The Scene Within Three Years
Tweet TweetThe Toyobaru coupe is a global project. It may feature delayed launch dates from continent to continent or even country to country but eventually we’re all going to get a chance at owning one. That’s great and problematic at the same time. It’s great because who doesn’t want to own a Toyota GT86 sports car right now? But it’s bad because when everybody has one, the idea of being common begins to sync in and that’s much worse than anything else that might be wrong with a car. A breath of fresh air is here for those who stand out since Toyota have (finally) launched the accessory line for the European market. The event took place in one of the leading tuning markets in Europe, Germany. At the moment the lineup is quite narrow with body stripes, carbon fiber mirror caps, lowering kits, new alloy wheels. The interior packages on offer feature the coveted Toyota “Touch & Go” multimedia and navigation system with a touch-screen … [Read more...] about Toyota GT86 accessory line launched in Europe
I’ve never met Tetsuya Tada, but I can tell you he’s not an idiot. He’s Toyota’s global chief engineer these days, but he was also the man behind the Toyota 86, a wonderful and excellent sports car. Another sign he’s not an idiot: he’s fighting for the Toyota-BMW sports car to be called the Supra. Smart man. This comes to us from Australia’s CarAdvice, and while the Aussie pubs have a way of misconstruing vague noncommittal statements as facts, here’s what Tada said in his own words: Speaking with CarAdvice at the international media drive for the facelifted Toyota 86 range, Tetsuya Tada, the company’s global chief engineer, said he wants the upcoming sports car – co-developed with BMW – to be named Supra. “I love the Supra and I love the name Supra,” Tada-san said. “It’s historically important to Toyota. We’re pushing for the name Supra for the new car we are [jointly] developing with … [Read more...] about Chief Engineer Wants BMW-Toyota Sports Car To Get ‘Supra’ Name
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. Story by Alan Cesar Toyota has hyped their new Scion FR-S to the skies. The brand is trying to reignite its sporting torch—one that has stayed relatively unburned for some time. Sure, many of the FR-S’s parts are from cars with the Pleiades in its logo, but we’re not going to over-scrutinize this gift horse. We’ll simply appreciate that there’s finally another notable sports car wearing a Toyota badge. Scion. Whatever. There was a time when Toyota’s sporting torch burned intensely. Big V8s were castrated and the oil crisis brought American muscle to its knees. Small imports with four-cylinder engines were taking big bites of the market, and Toyota’s 4A-GE was one of the high-tech mills responsible for the insurgence. Culling 112 horsepower from a mere 1.6 liters took a … [Read more...] about Vintage Views: Toyota AE86 Corolla GT-S
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?
The 2018 Honda Accord is an all-new Honda itself. It comes with two engines – both turbo charged – with a 10-speed Automatic gearbox for the 2.0 L Turbo and a refined CVT for the 1.5 L Turbo. This is the comprehensive first drive of the 1.5 T, the second of the new Accord, after the 2.0 L Turbo. I would like to read the 2.0 T first First Drive of the 2018 Honda Accord 1.5 T As the Honda Accord in San Marino Red was parked and the 1.5 L car in white slid out, I could instantly notice two things – one, that the engine feels much more powerful than its size suggests, and two, that the transmission is CVT. As I got the first taste of some torque on the steering, I remembered that the 1.5 T is better than the outgoing 2.4L engine in both horsepower and torque. The haters of CVT seems to be fast losing ground – the G-Shift simulation of this Honda is the best so far, even better than the new CR-V that I drove last summer. [Click here for the review and video.] The … [Read more...] about 2018 Honda Accord 1.5 T: Turbo-charging your money?
Have you ever had a whole racetrack all to yourself? I had that privilege this past Monday and Tuesday, splitting my seat time between my World Challenge-spec Accord V6 racecar and a new vehicle that we’ll be reviewing in an upcoming issue of the magazine. I have to confess that I felt guilty about all the time that I wasn’t using the track. Luckily, there was another fellow there who had a car he wanted to run for a few minutes. After ten or so laps, he came back in with a frown on his face. His track weapon of choice had hood vents, coilovers, and a massive aero package --- but the first thing he said when he got out of the car was, “Man, this thing is so slow.” His second sentence? “Every time I drive it, I wish I’d spent the money on a Miata.” Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The car in question? A Subaru BRZ. Of course, it could just as easily have been a Toyota GT86 or Scion FR-S. It seems like only yesterday that I applied to be … [Read more...] about The Toyota 86’s Replacement Needs an Engine with Character
It’s one of the most popular requests in enthusiast circles – more power for the Toyota 86, by plonking in a turbocharger. Sorry, but there’s no chance of that happening, in this generation at least, as reiterated by Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer for the 86 and Supra. “When we launched 86, I got literally millions of questions from around the world of ‘when would you be launching the turbo version?’ I believe that often times I answered that there won’t be a turbo version, and there were some articles in the media that Mr Tada doesn’t like a turbo,” Tada told Australia’s CarAdvice in Geneva. “That’s not really true. I do like turbos, however if we come up with a turbo version of the 86 and boost up the power that would result in the necessity of changing the basic configuration completely, to come up with a car that I would be satisfied with,” Toyota’s sports car guru explained. Tada san said that … [Read more...] about Turbo Toyota 86 would need a new platform
If you quite fancy a Toyota Yaris GRMN, join the queue. Or don’t, because it’s sold out. Luckily there’s another, much more accessible and much more affordable way to get your tiny Toyota kicks. The Yaris T-Sport was the pinnacle achievement of the first-generation car. Built between 2001 and 2005, and at just 3.66 metres, 6cm longer than a Volkswagen Up, it was the warm hatch you could practically fit into your pocket. It had a feisty, rev-happy 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with a daring 103bhp; enough to cajole the tall, narrow and ever-so-cutesy body to 60mph in nine seconds. The speedometer went up to 150mph, but top whack was more like 120mph on a good day. Still not bad for a motorised shoe. The brilliantly chuckable Yaris needs premium tyres to make the most of their skinny 185-section with, but, suitably shod, its handling and instant throttle response will always put a smile on your face. Yaris T-Sports are also cheap. Buy-it-tomorrow cheap. At a piffling … [Read more...] about Someone Please Buy This £990 Toyota Yaris T-Sport Before We Do