2002 Toyota MR2
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Car Throttle Profiles Inspiring Female Drifter: Video
There’s really no point in debating it – the world of car racing is absolutely dominated by men. This is especially true of old dinosaurs like Formula 1. However, the year is currently 2017, and women are starting to shift the odds by making inroads in this particularly testosterone-heavy area of sport. That much is evidenced by the success of Michelle Westby, a U.K.-based drifter who’s smoking the meats in style in her tuned Nissan 200SX slide machine.
Westby’s first car was a Toyota MR2, which is certainly a good choice if learning to catch oversteer is your goal. After doing a few track days, Westby got more involved by doing promo work at car events, which eventually led to a job with the European Drift Championship. After learning the basics, Westby was hooked. “That’s when I just started to have a look for my favorite car at the time, which is a Nissan 14A, and as soon as I managed to find one, just gradually started to progress it.” The car now rocks all the stuff needed to get sideways, with a good amount of turbo power, full suspension, and big brakes. It’s inspiring to hear Westby talk us through her passion, and of course, there’s plenty of slow-motion footage to go with it.
2020 Toyota MR2
Originally produced between 1984 and 2007, the Toyota MR2 is a legendary little sports car, boasting a cult-like following and all the right stuff to make any auto enthusiast’s mouth water. Throughout the MR2’s 23-year career, Toyota ushered in three individual generations, consisting of the W10 between 1984 and 1989, the W20 between 1990 and 1999, and the W30 between 2000 and 2007. The name is a reference to the drivetrain layout (mid-engine, rear-wheel drive), while the “2” denotes the number of seats in the cabin. The original formula goes something like this – transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, sharp, responsive handling, very little weight, small exterior dimensions, and an affordable sticker. All told, the Toyota MR2 is a true-blue classic, a pure driver’s ride, like a compact Japanese Ferrari without the exotic price tag. And now it’s looking like Toyota might bring it out of retirement.
The speculation stems from a recent statement made by Gazoo Racing head Tetsuya Tada, who told Evo at the 2017 Geneva Show that he hopes to have “The Three Brothers” back in the Toyota lineup “as soon as possible.” In case you were wondering, those “brothers” include the Supra, the Celica, and the MR2, Toyota’s iconic ’90s-era performance machine trio. Word has it we’re inching closer to a reveal of the new Supra, and the current GT86 is a decent replacement for the Celica, but what about a new Mister Two? We got curious, so we drew up a rendering and put together a few theories.
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Toyota to have a Trifecta of Sports Cars Once Again
Remember the good old days when Toyota actually had a presence in the sporty performance segment with cars like the Toyota Supra, the Toyota Celica, and the Toyota MR2? All three have since died a sad and emotional death among those that loved them, but there’s new hope for the future, and Toyota just might have three performance models in its lineup once again. We already knew about the Supra, which is being designed in part with BMW, and the GT86 is, by all rights, a successor to the Celica, so the brand is just missing the MR2, and we could see its successor in the very near future if reports from Evo are correct.
Speaking to Evo at the Geneva Auto Show, Tetsuya Tada – a Toyota engineer and the Chief of Gazoo Racing – kindled the fire, saying, “We hope to have the three brothers in place as soon as possible.” All but confirming that a third model succeeding the MR2 is in the works is big news, and while details are still under wraps at this time, we know it’s coming fast, and we may have already seen some hints as to what it might look like thanks to the Toyota S-FR Concept that debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show. Ideally, it should maintain the same general dimensions to take on models like the Mazda Miata.
And, the best part about all of this is that the third sports car will, of course, have Mr. Tada’s hands all over it, so that means light-weight and simple – a true competitor in the compact sports car market. According to Evo, Toyota is even working on bringing the hybrid technology from its LMP1 racers so it could still end up being mid-engined. There’s no guarantee that it will be hybrid from the start, but Tada told Evo that Toyota is “Working very hard” and making a hybrid sports car a reality.
Ahh, the 90s. It was a simpler time, when free trials of AOL came on 3.5-inch floppy discs stuffed into cereal boxes, Will Smith battled city-smashing aliens in Independence Day, and the second-generation MR2 was sold to the public with the same safety standards as a damp cardboard box. This Toyota features all the classic styling you’d expect from a 90s car, plus none of the coddling of a modern vehicle. It’s rear-wheel-drive, mid-engine, and very affordable, which meant plenty of examples were deftly spun into the nearest hedge throughout the decade and beyond.
In this tongue-in-cheek review of the “poor man’s Ferrari” by Regular Car Reviews is on point in explaining how the SW20 Turbo is the most dangerous car ever made. The sports car looks and accessible price means that fearless, hormone-fueled teenagers are the most likely candidate to end up in the driver seat, while the rear-biased handling characteristics makes fertile ground for the full-blossoming of rookie mistakes.
To help demonstrate this, the video uses a coffee-filled jar to illustrate the physics behind weight transfer. When accelerating, weight is transferred to the rear of the car, which helps the rear end bite, offering nice grip. When weight is transferred to the front, such as under braking or when popping off the throttle, the rear tires lose grip, and we are introduced to a particularly nasty habit of the mid-engine vehicle: unrecoverable oversteer.
Those that can survive the hairy personality of the SW20 are treated to an affordable sports car that puts out around 200 horsepower, leaks oil in front of the rear tires, and, much to the amusement of the host, employs pop-up headlights. Just be ready with that counter steer.
Looks like Toyota and Gazoo Racing will be bringing more than just the Lexus LF-A to the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race this week. In a surprising announcement, the Japanese automaker will also bring their new mid-engine convertible hybrid concept to Nurburgring, which they’ve christened as the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II.
An updated version of the first concept that was introduced at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II is an MR2-based hybrid concept that features plenty of styling cues from the fabled MR2 sports car. It was also designed in a far more aggressive detail befitting of its status as a new-age hybrid concept car.
In addition to the advanced convertible design language of the car, Toyota and GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN2) also improved on the car’s mid-engine sports-hybrid AWD system that now carries a 3.5-liter Type 2GR-FXE V6 engine that produces 249 horsepower to go with a front electric motor that bumps up the output to 299 horsepower.
So far, these are the only details we have of the new GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, but rest assured, we’ll have more details when the car makes its official debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring this weekend.
You know when people say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
Well this dude took it to a whole new level. See, he has a Toyota MR2, a nice sports car that has no chance when parked beside, say, a Ferrari F430 Spider.
Apparently, our MR2 owner found a way to make his MR2 a little more presentable: he dressed up his Toyota sports car to look like a Ferrari F430 Spider. We say “look like” because no matter how hard he tried, you still wouldn’t mistake one for the other.
The story becomes more ridiculous when the owner of the Fauxrarri decided to participate in a sports car meet somewhere in the Netherlands with his dressed up MR2. Upon arriving at the location of the meet, the owner parked his sports car in one spot, oblivious to the fact that another sports car, albeit a lot more powerful, was parked very close by.
Care to venture a guess at which sports car that was?
Yep. It was a Ferrari F430 Spider, and a real one at that.
While everyone is waiting for the next generation Toyota MR2, a guy decided to turn his into a Gumpert Apollo. We’ve seen lots of replicas, but this one is one of the strangest ones!
This is a one-of-a-kind (thank God!) concept, featuring a Toyota MR2 frame along with the modern conveniences of airbags, power windows, power locks, air conditioning, exhaust, and suspension.
Of course, you guessed it, under the hood there is nothing compared to the Audi-sourced 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 650HP from the Apollo! Instead the owner used a four-cylinder turbo engine, dynoded at 255 whp at 15 psi and 303 whp at around 19 psi. The car meets all regulations and is extremely economical in term of gasoline.
The interior combines black suede leather with red piping and Racing Sparco seats with Racing Harnesses - also in a combination of black and red.
The car is for sale on eBay with a current bid of $12,100.
Toyota must have realized that their cars were pretty boring, so the Japanese company is set to release a few hybrid sports cars. There will be two coming with names that should sound pretty familiar to car lovers. The first will be the MR2 and the second will be the fabulous Supra.
The MR2 should be here around 2013 and it will feature a hybrid 1.5-liter petrol engine. The car was originally going to get a V6 hybrid, but after the strong sales of the Honda CR-Z, Toyota has decided a four pot was the better option.
The Supra was thought to be dead, but the strong sales of hybrid cars have brought it back again. The new Supra will be powered by a V6 hybrid motor, similar to the FT-HS concept on which the car is based. Of course this is not exactly a new piece of news considering we caught wind of this vision back in 2008, but now it seems that the vision has progressed to a full blown project in the new Supra.
Hit the jump for the full story including what may be interesting competition for the MR2 and Supra.
Either this is the ugliest Ferrari 360 we’ve ever seen or it’s something else – a Toyota MR2, perhaps - that’s masquerading as a Prancing Horse.
In any case, we don’t have a clue as to why somebody would want to turn an MR2 into a Fakerrari other than maybe they think that people are stupid enough to believe they have a Ferrari 360.
But if you don’t have an ounce of shame in your bones and you are interested in this kit to rebadged your Toyota into a 360, then all you need to do is fork over $2,000.
But we do have to warn you. Contrary to what you’re thinking, driving around a Fakerrari around town won’t do a whole lot to bump up your cred. The truth is, you’re probably doing more damage to yourself by sitting behind the wheel of a Fakerrari.
For starters, it makes you look cheap and more important than that, any self-respecting man would know what a genuine Ferrari 360 looks like. And this is most definitely not one of them.
In their perpetual game of one-upsmanship, Toyota has been rumoured to come out with a car that would rival Honda’s new CR-Z hybrid sports coupe.
While nothing yet has been confirmed by Toyota, Japan’s Best Car magazine has nevertheless taken its own spin on the matter, releasing a photo of what it says could be the Toyota MR-S – the long rumoured hybrid successor of the MR2.
We’re not exactly fluent in Nihonggo so we’ll just have to make do with an artist’s rendering of what the MR-S could potentially look like, and judging from the image, it looks like the ‘supposed’ MR-S – with those oh-so-groovy yellow green rims – has taken the reins from the CR-Z in the sportier-looking department.
Now, all of this may end up being just a rumor since Toyota already has a sports coupe that’s set to go out on the market soon in the FT-86, but then again, speculation is always fun, especially when it comes to the ‘what-you-can-do-I-can-do-better’ game Toyota and Honda have been having for quite some time.
All three generations of the Toyota MR2 had exactly what we liked in sports car: lightweight, quick and good weight balance. So it was a sad day in 2004 when Toyota killed off the MR2 in the U.S. (the rest of world lost it in 2007.) But now the sports car may be back to help fulfill the new Prius’ prophecy.
When the latest Prius was still in development, there were plenty of rumors going around that there would be a few different versions of it including a coupe. Now AutoExpress has an interview Toyota executive vice president Masatami Takimoto, who said, “We are aware of the fondness with which the MR2 is held in the U.K. and Europe, and are developing a small hybrid sports car."
So at least the MR2 may make a comeback in the all of Europe, but hopefully that will spill over a little into the U.S. Even if North America doesn’t see a new MR2, the rest of the world should get a car that takes its inspiration from the FT-HS sports car concept revealed back in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show. That car should be priced at less than $30k, and still return about 60 mpg. THis will make it a direct competitor to the Honda CR-Z.
The life for MR-2 ended, and for ones who wanted to have a MR-2, but didn’t get the chance during the MR-2’s life, Toyota will launch a limited edition: the "V Edition" that is going to be limited to only 1000 vehicles. The car will be available only for the Japan market, begining with January 2007.
The limited edition version will feature leather seat and door trim, a three-spoke sports steering wheel, a new instrument panel with metal highlights and a titanium color for the (...)
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Toyota’s third-generation MR2 roadster is nearing the end of its life — and Toyota currently has no plans to replace it. Toyota is offering the last 300 examples as a special edition, the TF300. Each will be built to customer order.
The TF300 features custom leather and Alcantara suede-effect upholstery. Silver, black and grey body colours are available with red leather, and red and blue body colours with grey leather interior. It gets twin stainless steel TTE sports exhaust pipes too. (...)
Borrowing a name from the recent past, Toyota launched a mid-engined, rear-drive, two-passenger sports car as a late 2000 model. The name and configuration had last been seen in 1995, in the form of an MR2 coupe. This time, Toyota made the MR2 a Spyder convertible instead. Priced to go against the popular Mazda Miata roadster, the MR2 Spyder also competed against the more costly BMW Z3-Series and Honda’s S2000.
After a half-decade on the market in its prior form, Toyota’s mid-engined, rear-drive sports car earned a redesign for 1991. Dubbed "Mister Two," the 2-seater skipped the 1990 model year completely. The reworked version arrived in spring of that year, as an early ’91 model. Bigger and racier in appearance than its predecessor, the 1991 MR2 displayed Ferrari-like styling and offered more power than before. Base models got a 130-horsepower, 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine, borrowed from Toyota’s Celica GT/GT-S.