March 20, 2023
Toyota's Custom Cars for SEMA Ready for Rally, Drag and More

Toyota’s Custom Cars for SEMA Ready for Rally, Drag and More

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After rounding out its GR sports car lineup this year with the introduction of the 2023 Corolla GR, Toyota wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to show off what can be done with them for SEMA. In addition to the Corolla, the GR86 and GR Supra got the custom treatment this year, and the car styles include most sport driving types: rally, drift, drag and road racing. Let’s check them out.

GR Corolla Rally Concept

This one (shown above) might be our favorite of the Toyota cars on display. The GR Yaris may have been the car designed for international rally racing, but the bigger, more powerful Corolla GR we’re getting is just as deserving. Additionally, the Corolla name has a rally heritage, with examples in Castrol livery racing in the WRC in the late 1990s. This car isn’t exactly designed for world rallying, and it doesn’t have the Castrol colours, but it’s still cool and ready for dirt and gravel. It’s based on the Circuit Edition trim, and the body is the obviously updated part. It has widened steel fenders that add a total of six inches in width. They have functional vents and the aerodynamic upgrades are complemented by carbon fiber side skirts, a front splitter and a rear spoiler. Tein rally coilovers come with 17-inch OZ wheels with fat tires. The engine is mostly intact, aside from a high-flow intake and Magnaflow exhaust. Transmission and engine oil coolers are fitted for extended race use, and a Wilwood handbrake setup is in place for hard cornering. The interior is mostly original except for the roll cage, racing seats, fire extinguisher system, spare wheel carrier and rally intercom. So actually no this Stock.

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GR Supra 10 second binoculars

We didn’t even say Toyota owed us a 10-second car, but we got two. The company wanted to show what was possible with the car on a “modest” budget of $10,000 (obviously on top of the cost of the car). The team at Toyota Motorsports Garage applied this requirement to a pair of Supras, each with the same set of modifications. The straight-six gets a single turbo conversion from Pure Turbo, along with dual intercoolers, a catless downpipe, 3.5-inch exhaust and ECU tuning. The changes bring the output up to 620 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. Welded wheels are used front and rear, with fat 305mm Mickey Thompson ET Street trail tires in the rear and skinny tires up front. The rear axles have been upgraded and it gets a new radiator and transmission cooler. The suspension has been upgraded with adjustable coilovers, but the brakes are nearly stock except for new Hawk brake pads. Inside, the only changes include a six-point harness and harness bar.

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GR86 Daily Drifter

This GR86 drift car was assembled by automotive and motorsport photographer Larry Chen. It’s designed to be a good balance between a drift car and something that can be used for daily commuting. It puts out around 300 horsepower with the addition of an intercooled supercharger kit from HKS along with a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust. The engine gets better cooling with an improved radiator. The suspension has plenty of adjustability with new coilovers, control arms, anti-roll bar end links and a steering angle kit. A 1.5-way limited-slip differential is useful for putting the car on its side. Additional reinforcements stiffen the chassis. The interior features a Sparco racing seat and six-point harness, along with a Vivid Racing steering wheel and short shift kit. The exterior looks race-ready with a Seibon carbon fiber hood and a slew of carbon parts from HKS, including the front splitter, side skirts, rear valence and fender. It’s finished with Motegi wheels, Type S underlighting and custom vinyl upholstery.

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