Today is the second day of the 2022 SEMA show and Toyota has finally introduced the vehicles that will be showcased at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association event. The four new engines are focused on performance with the rally-inspired hot hatch at the center. There is also the concept of drag and drift, as well as racing-ready cars.
Starting with the GR Corolla Rally Concept, the vehicle takes inspiration from Toyota’s race cars for the World Rally Championship where the Japanese company competes with the GR Yaris Rally WRC. The concept at SEMA is based on the 2023 GR Corolla Circuit Edition and features rally-inspired bodywork made of carbon fiber for added downforce at high speeds. The package includes new side skirts, fender flares (made of gauge steel), front splitter, and rear spoiler. The hot hatch rides on 17-inch OZ wheels, hiding a ventilated four-piston brake system. Changes to the factory three-cylinder engine include a TRD air box and a special exhaust system.
A pair of 2020 GR Supra drag vehicles were also on display in Las Vegas. Built by Toyota and the Toyota Motorsports Garage team on a $10,000 budget, the twin Supras both cover the quarter mile in under 11 seconds. Thanks to the new Pure Turbo single turbocharger and high-performance intercooler, the car’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine produces between 30 and 40 percent more power than in the standard form.
Larry Chen – renowned Formula Drift photographer – helped Toyota build the GR86 Daily Drifter concept with a special livery reminiscent of a race car made specifically to compete in the series. The main idea behind this project was to create a car that looks and feels (almost) like an actual professional drift car but something the average car enthusiast can build and maintain at home. There are several exterior upgrades, including a new body kit, while a new supercharger kit with intercooler and a special exhaust system extracts more power from the 2.4-liter engine.
Last but not least, Toyota showcased the GR86 Cup Car developed exclusively for the GR Cup racing series. It is a single-make championship that will start next year under the umbrella of SRO Motorsports America. Some hardware modifications compared to the standard GR86 include a six-speed sequential gearbox, Alcon brakes, carbon fiber wings at the rear, and a special exhaust system.
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