Toyota GR 86: it already goes through the tuning box!

Toyota GR 86 it already goes through the tuning box

The new Toyota GR 86, unveiled very recently, already receives the TOM’s Racing label with spare parts and body kits to improve its look… And certainly its performance!

Barely unveiled last April , the new Toyota GR 86 has already been modified, this time by the Japanese teams from TOM’s Racing.

It was during the Fuji 86 Style event in Japan that the Japanese preparer – specialist in the Toyota and Lexus brand – unveiled his complete car. Code name: TOM’s GR86 Concept .

Careful preparation for the GR 86

For starters, the TOM’s GR86 is painted bright orange , a color that is not available on the standard GR 86.

Then there is the body kit. This prepared GR86 is clearly a steroid version of the production model.

The car has an extended front spoiler to increase aerodynamics and side skirts which reinforce the aggressive design of the GR86. The biggest change on the GR86 prepared by TOM’s Racing is visible at the rear: the rear bumper has a black coating, fins still in a concern of aerodynamic downforce, and a modified exhaust to 4 outputs mounted in 2 × 2.

Regarding its handling on the ground, the TOM’s GR86 has new TOM’s Cross Speed ??wheels, much wider, instead of the original wheels. Behind these hides a large modified brake kit. Enough to offer increased braking power.

Without clarification at this time, we don’t know if any changes have been made under the hood. But since the car has big brakes, bigger wheels, and a new exhaust system, there are likely a few tweaks that add more power.

A four cylinder that sings!

As a reminder, under the hood the naturally aspirated 2.4 L flat four-cylinder with direct and indirect double injection of the GR 86 offers nearly 235 horsepower of maximum power for 250 Nm of torque. Compared to the previous generation, this represents a gain of 35 horsepower and 45 Nm.

The assembly is sent to the rear wheels only via a six-speed manual transmission, or an optional six-speed automatic. The Japanese coupe completes the 0 to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds , against 7.4 seconds for the GT86 .

 

Honda Sports EV Concept: soon to be a production electric sports car?

Honda Sports EV Concept soon to be a production electric sports car

To make the development of the Honda e platform profitable, the manufacturer would prepare a production version of the Sports EV concept.

What if Honda prepared a small electric sports car? This is advanced by the Japanese media Car Sensor, according to which Honda was working on a production version of the Sports EV Concept , presented in 2017. With its retro lines that inspired the city car Honda e , the small electric coupe would take over the platform of the latter. With compact dimensions, it would be a sort of rival to the Mazda MX-5 or Toyota GR 86 , but in electric. On the Honda e, the engines range from 136 hp to 153 hp: sufficient for a small sports coupe , as long as the weight is under control.

As a replacement for the Honda S660

Also according to Car Sensor, Honda plans to end production of the S660 , a pocket sports car to which we are not entitled in Europe. The latter is a Kei Car , that is to say that it meets Japanese compactness criteria, with a 660 cm3 engine for 64 hp . The Sports EV would take the place of the S660. Compact, will accommodate only two occupants. According to our colleagues, the first prototypes are already in circulation, with production scheduled for 2022.

Why this little sportswoman? To streamline the expensive development of the Honda e. The premium city car remains for the moment the only one to use the platform specially created for the occasion. And since the latter is a rear-wheel drive , it could be perfect for a pocket sports car.

But, if this future electric coupe were to be marketed in Europe, be careful not to copy the two faults of the Honda e : the autonomy at half mast (we measured it at 152 km on average), and the high price ( almost € 39,000 in Advance finish).

 

Ford Puma ST and Fiesta ST: 260 horsepower signed Mountune

Ford Puma ST and Fiesta ST 260 horsepower signed Mountune

British tuner Mountune offers a performance kit to deliver up to 260 horsepower to the new Ford Fiesta ST and Puma ST.

The latest Ford Performance city ??cars are both equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine delivering 200 horsepower, with the Fiesta ST a torque of 290 Nm, and for the Puma ST a torque of 320 Nm, respectively allowing 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 to 7 seconds.

But for customers who would like to rub shoulders with the new 261 horsepower Toyota GR Yaris, for example, the English tuner Mountune offers a performance kit called Mountune m260 for the Ford Fiesta ST and Puma ST .

Ford Puma ST and Fiesta ST: up to 260 hp and 365 Nm of torque

The m260 kit is marketed at a price of 675 pounds sterling, or the equivalent of 790 euros . At this price, Mountune will provide you with a small box that connects to your car’s OBD socket, and which will allow you to modify the engine mapping of your Ford Puma ST or Fiesta ST yourself !

Thanks to a mobile application, which makes your smartphone or tablet communicate via Bluetooth with the Mountune module, you can modify the performance of your sportswoman as you wish, thanks to three calibrations allowing to “unlock” from 235 to 260 horsepower , and from 350 Nm to 365 Nm maximum torque . Or, in the most powerful configuration, a gain of 60 horsepower and 75 Nm of torque (45 Nm for the Puma), resulting in a better sound at the exhaust as well as a more aggressive launch control mode. A “Standard power calibration” mode also allows you to return to the original configuration at any time.

To optimize the performance of Ford’s small sports cars, this engine preparation must be completed with parts marketed by Mountune, in addition to its electronic module: a pipe filler , an air / air exchanger, elbows and intake hoses, or even a more efficient air filter.

 

Toyota Mirai (2021): 1,003 km, new hydrogen autonomy record

Toyota Mirai 2021 1003 km new hydrogen autonomy record

The Toyota Mirai has just won the world distance record for a vehicle running on hydrogen. The Japanese sedan traveled 1,003 km on a full tank.

New record for the Toyota Mirai ! The Japanese sedan has just broken the world distance record for a hydrogen vehicle.

Led by a team of 4 drivers , including Victorien Erussard , at the origin of the first zero-emission hydrogen ship sailing around the world, the Mirai, in its production version , has traveled exactly 1,003 km with a single charge of hydrogen . Not bad when you know that the average autonomy of the car in normal driving is 650 kilometers (average combined cycle WLTP).

0.55 g of hydrogen per kilometer

Equipped with three tanks that can hold 5.6 kg of hydrogen, the Mirai posted an average hydrogen consumption of 0.55 g / km during its world record .

“The hydrogen used for this record was entirely green, zero emissions from production to use,” says Toyota.

From the south of Paris to Indre-et-Loire

Departing last Wednesday May 26 from the HysetCo hydrogen station in Orly, in Val-de-Marne (94), the Mirai achieved its record on a mainly road route, from the south of Paris to the Indre-et- Loire via the Loir-et-Cher.

Discover this journey on video .

Fisker Ocean (2022): here is the future 100% electric Popemobile!

Fisker Ocean (2022) here is the future 100% electric Popemobile

Visiting Pope Francis in the Vatican, Fisker presented his 100% electric Popemobile project, based on the Fisker Ocean SUV.

After a historic visit to the Vatican, Fisker announced that it will develop the very first all- electric Popemobile . The co-founders of the Californian firm, Henrik Fisker and Geeta Gupta-Fisker, indeed met Pope Francis a few days ago, in order to present their project for his future official vehicle.

Fisker Ocean Papamobile: delivery scheduled for 2022

The model that will serve as the basis for the future Papamobile is a Fisker Ocean , the new 100% electric SUV from Fisker, which will receive a large glass dome for the occasion, allowing the Supreme Pontiff to greet the faithful as tradition dictates.

“I was inspired to read that Pope Francis was very attentive to the environment and the impact of climate change on future generations , ” says Henrik Fisker: “The interior of the Papal Fisker Ocean transport will contain a variety of sustainable materials, including rugs made from recycled plastic bottles from the ocean. ”

While waiting for his new custom-made vehicle, which will be delivered next year , Pope Francis will continue his official visits aboard his Toyota Mirai . Production of the Fisker Ocean is slated to begin in November 2022, with more than 16,000 reservations to date. In Europe, the model will be marketed at a price of around 32,000 euros, according to the prices already announced for Germany.

 

Video: a NASCAR engine in a Toyota AE86!

Video a NASCAR engine in a Toyota AE86

The Toyota AE86 is the ancestor of the GT86, a small, sporty and affordable coupe. Usually, under the hood, there are 4 cylinders, but here La Nippone has a much larger V8 that is a bit special.

Toyota loves to produce small cars for fun! Sports vehicles have been of interest to the Japanese manufacturer for a long time. Just look at the brand’s current range to realize it: between the Supra , Yaris GR and the new GR86 , there is something to be convinced . And this love story goes back a long time! Before the GR and GT 86, there was the AE86 produced between 1984 and 1987.

Nascar V8!

Originally, no V8 has ever found a place under the hood of these sports cars. Fortunately for us, a small English preparer decided to right this injustice in the most beautiful way by installing a Nascar V8 under the hood of an AE86! The result is simply monstrous!

700 hp at the rear wheels

First, there is this orange color that does not go unnoticed. Then, how not to notice the ultra-wide fenders that house huge rims? But the centerpiece is obviously under the hood: a 7.4-liter V8 straight from a Nascar and developing a whopping 700 hp! The sets of tires do not resist him for long , and what a sound!

Check out the video of this incredible Toyota AE86:

Toyota ProAce City (2021): the cousin of the Berlingo and Partner goes electric

Toyota ProAce City (2021) the cousin of the Berlingo and Partner goes electric

Toyota presents the ProAce City Electric, the 100% electric version of its compact utility and minivan, 136 horsepower and offering up to 280 km of range.

The Toyota ProAce City shares the Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo platform , and like its French cousins, the Japanese compact utility now also has a new “Electric” version, equipped with the same original Stellantis (PSA) engine: an electric motor with 136 horsepower (100 kW) and 260 Nm of torque . This joins Toyota’s family of commercial vehicles, which already includes the largest ProAce Electric, and will help Toyota achieve its goal of more than 10% zero-emission engines in Europe by 2025. .

Toyota ProAce City (2021): up to 280 km of range

The 100% electric Toyota ProAce City is available in utility (ProAce City Electric) and ludospace (ProAce City Verso Electric) versions , which will allow professionals and individuals alike to be able to access cities restricting traffic to thermal vehicles. They have the same layouts and loading capacities of the thermal ProAce City, with a loading volume of up to 4.4 m 3 , up to 800 kg of payload and up to 750 kg of towing capacity.

The 50 kWh lithium-ion battery is in fact located under the floor, and does not encroach on the passenger compartment or the cargo space. This allows the Toyota ProAce City Electric to offer a range of between 260 and 280 km (WLTP cycle), and its on-board three-phase charger of 11 kW allows a full charge of the battery in 5 hours, while the Using a 100 kW fast charger achieves an 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

Performance level, 0 to 100 km / h is carried out in 11.2 to 11.7 seconds (depending on the version), for a maximum speed of 135 km / h. Several driving modes (Eco, Normal and Power) can be used to optimize range or performance as desired.

The Toyota ProAce City Electric will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2021 , at prices to be announced later. The range will be identical to the thermal version, with three levels of finishes: Active, Dynamic and Business.

 

Toyota GR Super Sport (2022): the road hypercar will have more than 1,000 hp!

Toyota GR Super Sport (2022) the road hypercar will have more than 1,000 hp

The road version of the Toyota 24 Hours of Le Mans Hypercar could develop over 1,000 hp!

When the ACO, the organizing body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship (WEC), announced the creation of the Hypercar category , the rules were clear. Hybrid racing cars were to be based on a version approved for the road . But since then, under pressure from manufacturers, who refuse to invest in the production of a road model, this rule has been abandoned. Hypercars are therefore only revised and corrected LMP1s, slower and less expensive.

Faster than the racing version!

But Toyota is stubborn. The Japanese manufacturer, which is currently the only one entered in a Hypercar (before the arrival of the American Glickenhaus during the season, and Peugeot in 2022 ), has nevertheless decided to design a road version of its Hypercar. , the GR010. It could be that the GR Super Sport , provisional name of this road version, is even faster than its track counterpart!

Indeed, where the Track Hypercar is limited by regulation to 680 hp in combined hybrid power, the GR Super Sport will develop “ at least 1,000 hp. ”!

It will also benefit from the technologies developed in LMP1. With a very worked aero and four-wheel drive, the Mercedes-AMG One and other Aston Martin Valkyrie have to beware …

On the other hand, the car seems to have changed a lot since the first rolling prototype presented at the opening of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 . Indeed, where the camouflaged prototype was a convertible, Toyota now seems to be moving towards a coupe, with a patented system to raise the entire cockpit for easier access.

A questionnaire to identify future customers

While the initial rules called for production of at least 20 units, it is still unclear how many GR Super Sport will go on sale. On the site dedicated to Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s racing specialist, the manufacturer offers a questionnaire for potential customers of the road hypercar. The questions concern, for example, your garage, your experience in motorsport or the number of kilometers traveled each year behind the wheel of your favorite car. Toyota could therefore reserve the right to choose the happy customers of the GR Super Sport , as Ferrari regularly does with its most special productions, or Ford with the GT supercar. .

It remains to be seen whether this Toyota GR Super Sport will be presented next year. We know how difficult it is to adapt a racing engine for the road : the countless delays experienced by the Mercedes-AMG One are proof of this.

This is not the first time that Toyota has decided to build a homologation car even though the category no longer demands it: this was notably the case with the supercharged compact GR Yaris , developed for rallying .

 

Toyota Land Cruiser J300 (2021): photos of the new generation on the run

Toyota Land Cruiser J300 (2021) photos of the new generation on the run

The new generation of Toyota Land Cruiser should be presented this year, but it has already been surprised with many pictures on the internet …

The Land Cruiser is a staple at Toyota , and the model initially launched in 1951 will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year . The opportunity for the Japanese firm to unveil a brand new opus of its large SUV, responding to the code name “J300” internally, after more than ten years of career of the current generation.

Toyota Land Cruiser J300 (2021): a robust and imposing look

The style of the new Japanese adventurer is no longer really a secret, because it has been the subject of numerous leaks on social networks in recent days, allowing us to discover the model in detail before its official presentation.

The most striking element of this new Land Cruiser is its front end, with an imposing chrome grille surrounded by a black U-shaped air intake. The optics seem almost tiny next to it, with a signature LED light that sits on it. ‘integrates in the extension of a chrome insert of the grille. The back side seems more classic, with rectangular lines.

The interior seems rather classic, with a handset with traditional needle counters, accompanied by a large digital display. A large touch screen located on the top of the central console also completes the equipment of this new Land Cruiser.

The new generation of the Toyota Land Cruiser will be unveiled in the coming weeks, with marketing expected this summer in the United States. It should be offered later in Europe, where the news this year is already rich, with among others the launch of the new Toyota Yaris Cross .

 

Toyota: a hydrogen racing engine in a Corolla!

Toyota a hydrogen racing engine in a Corolla

Toyota fitted a racing Corolla with a GR Yaris engine modified to run on hydrogen.

After helping to democratize the hybrid in the early 2000s, Toyota has been working for a few years to do the same with hydrogen . One thinks in particular of the large Mirai sedan , of which the second generation was recently launched. This car uses hydrogen in a fuel cell : hydrogen is converted into electricity, which powers an electric motor. In short, an alternative to the battery car .

But this technology is not the only way to use hydrogen in the automobile. Highly flammable, this gas can also be used as a replacement for gasoline or diesel in a conventional internal combustion engine. Certainly, some adjustments are necessary, and the energy efficiency is lower than that of conventional oil, but the game can be worth the candle: the whole thing only releases water vapor, and no CO2 , while maintaining the characteristics. a thermal engine that enthusiasts will appreciate.

The GR Yaris engine in a racing Corolla

Toyota therefore decided to explore this technology, in the always demanding context of motorsport. To do this, a small 3-cylinder turbo Toyota GR Yaris engine was converted to hydrogen, and installed under the hood of a racing Corolla . This car will be entered in an endurance race in Japan at the end of May. A real test for technology, with hydrogen refueling scheduled during the event.

Toyota is not, however, the first manufacturer to attempt the hydrogen adventure in racing: in 2013, a hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide took part in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.