Drag Race: Toyota GR Supra Vs Porsche Cayman GTS Vs Alpine A110 S
Carwow is back with another one of its epic drag races and this one actually makes quite a bit of sense. Ever since the Alpine A110 S came out, we have been wondering how the French mid-engine sports car would fare against some of the hottest sports cars, currently on sale. The British YouTube channel provides the answer, courtesy of a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and a Toyota GR Supra.
Chris Harris Goes Mad In The Toyota GR Yaris
Toyota wouldn’t be the first brand you think of when talking about exciting cars. However, the Japanese brand has been on something of a roll in recent times and the GR Yaris is one of the best examples. Chris Harris has driven and raced more than a few cars, so he is quite qualified to talk about it while finding out its limits. As you might guess, some epic driving is in store, and here’s what Harris makes of Toyota’s rally-bred hot hatch.
The Toyota GR Corolla Will Happen, But You Will Have To Wait A Bit More
There’s no denying that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to hot hatchbacks. The Honda Civic Type-R, Hyundai Veloster N, and VW Golf GTIare currently some of the most popular global models out there, but now there’s another one on the way. It seems Toyota Gazoo Racing is not done with launching hot versions of boring cars and a GR Corolla is on the way. However, it’s not going to arrive when initially expected.
A 7:40 Nurburgring Lap Time For The Toyota Supra? Toyota Thinks It Can Be Done
The Toyota Supra has been dissected and prodded over in recent days like no debuting car in recent memory. It’s fitting, then, that the sports coupe is still generating headlines, this time regarding the possibility of a Nurburgring lap time and Toyota’s expectations on what time it can clock if it ended up doing a lap around the famous race track. Apparently, the Japanese automaker believes that the Supra could turn in a lap time of 7:40, even if it ends up running into its speed limiter on the track’s long straight. Whether Toyota actually has plans to bring the Supra to the ‘Ring is still unclear, but if it did, it should be a spectacle in it of itself, even if the incentives of actually running a lap aren’t that great.
2020 Toyota Supra GR
There are images aplenty of the new Supra, but these days, Toyota’s been testing a race-prepped version of their new sports car at the Nordschleife which we think might be the mule for the upcoming sportier Supra.
With this occasion, we got a chance to get a little closer to the Supra, and we like what we see. For example, we got an eyeful of the interior, with the center stack lacking any sort of camouflage with the big infotainment screen on top of the central attraction. It all seems to be, apart from the racing wheel, pretty much stock, so there’s not much guesswork left to do about how the interior will look, given that some renderings of the interior and exterior were also leaked this week.
The Nürburgring may not be an official specification, but it is certainly an avenue for manufacturers to gain a little bit of bragging rights. In August 2011, Toyota earned its `Ring stripes by whipping its TMG EV P001 prototype electric car around the 12.92-mile track in just 7:47.79. This puts it within 30 seconds of the likes of the Nissan GT-R and Viper ACR, and just 33 seconds off of the pace set by the Porsche 918 recently.
Well, Toyota obviously wants a little more bragging rights, as it took to the ’Ring again in its 469-horsepower, 663-pound-feet TMG EV P002 and crushed its own record. By “crushing,” we mean knocking 25 seconds off of its original record time by lapping the `Ring in just 7:22.329. Let’s put that in perspective for you here…
The Dodge Viper ACR lapped the ring just 0.229 seconds faster in 2009. The TMG EV Prototype beat the C6 Z06 Corvette by 0.369 seconds, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS by 1.671 seconds, the Nissan GT-R by 1.89 seconds, and so on. Needless to say, the TMG EV prototype definitely put itself in some elite company and is now just 32.329 seconds away from the record set by the Radical SR8 LM. Given the fact that this Toyota prototype shaved 25 seconds off of its lap time in just a year, getting the overall record may be a possibility in coming years.
We’ll see if Toyota decides to try to reel in that record or if it is happy just being in the top 15 of Nürburgring times. Congrats to the folks at Toyota for an impressive run.
Click past the jump to read TMG’s press release.
Just a few short years ago, the World Rally Championship (WRC) was in crisis after both Mitsubishi and Subaru left the sport in quick succession. However, since then, newcomers Mini and Volkswagen have confirmed they’ll compete in the WRC in the next few years and if reports are to be believed, yet another historic racing manufacturer may make a return.
Toyota originally competed in the WRC from 1973 to 1999 and wrapped up three WRC titles and came home with 43 victories. A good enough record to warrant staying in the sport, you say? Well, it is a fairly illustrious record, but Toyota left WRC to instead focus on Formula One and we all know how that turned out. Not very well.
The Toyota Celica WRC rally car was one of the most recognizable cars Toyota entered into the sport, but despite the GT 86 and Scion FR-S recently being launched by the brand, Toyota has confirmed that neither will enter the WRC.
While discussing the topic, a Toyota spokesman said, “We’re leaning towards an S2000-style of car which would be available for customers first. This is a development project, but it’s very early days—the engine only fired up for the first time a few weeks ago. At the very earliest, a car won’t be available until next year. Obviously, this being a Global Race Engine, it could go in any car, but the Yaris seems to make sense.”
The Yaris may not seem like the obvious choice, but look at it this way; it’s a lightweight city car with an extremely short wheelbase, the ideal combination for rallying. And with the original Mini Cooper having such a successful WRC career with those same ingredients, Toyota could be on to a winner here.
At this stage, it’s very unlikely that we will see the Yaris competing in the WRC until 2014 or beyond, but either way, we’re still excited to see how having five manufacturers will spice up the sport.
The bullet with wheels pictured above isn’t exactly a production ready model, but thanks to the work of Toyota Industries Corp., the KU:RIN - Japanese for "air" and "wheel," is complete enough to achieve a compressed air top speed of 80.3 mph. Being a record worthy number, Toyota says they plan on submitting these results to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The long and slender KU:RIN is 3.5 meters long and only 0.8 meters wide. This three-wheeled compressed air-powered vehicle is designed in such of manner that, instead of using mechanical power to compress air, it generates mechanical energy from the expansion of the compressed air. The compressed air acts as energy storage, playing the same role of a battery pack in an electric vehicle. The record top speed is an incredible feat, but the problem with the KU:RIN is that it can run only 1.98 miles between charges. Not exactly a number that anyone would be comfortable with.
The new record set was achieved at the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) test facility at Shirosato, Ibaraki Prefecture on September 9th.
For quite some time now, Toyota has been chugging away at an electric racer, preparing it for what they hoped would be a record-breaking lap around the famous Nurburgring. After over a month of anxiously awaiting the specific date for the attempt, we now hear that the Toyota EV Racer has finished with a record time of 7:47.79 - smashing the previous record of 9:01.338 established by the Peugeot EX1 Concept back in May 2011. With this time, the Toyota EV Racer created by Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) can brag of being 30 seconds shy of times achieved by some great sports cars, like the Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and Dodge Viper ACR.
The Toyota EV Racer is powered by a pair of electric motors sourced from Evo Electric that deliver a total of 375 HP and 590 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a single speed gearbox, the EV Racer will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 161 mph. All this while also getting a range of 124 miles.
Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) Communications Officer, Alastair Moffitt, told MotorAuthority that much of the electric drivetrain powering Toyota’s new prototype is based on knowledge gained in the development of the Kinectic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in its original F1 cars. According to Moffitt, the project is a valuable chance to test high-performance electric powertrains in a real motorsport environment, giving TMG’s engineer’s a chance to learn more about cooling, battery performance, motor performance, durability, etc.
This is only the beginning folks. While Bugatti focuses on SSC and Koenigsegg as competitors for the world’s fastest car, other automakers will be sliding in line to create bigger and faster electric vehicles. When these two worlds collide is anyone’s guess.
Check out the video of the EV Racer’s record breaking lap by clicking here!