Today is the second day of the 2022 SEMA Show, and Toyota has finally unveiled the vehicles it will showcase at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association event. All four new machines focus on performance with the rally-inspired hot hatch taking center stage. There are drag and drift concepts as well as race-ready cars.
Originating from the GR Corolla Rally concept, the vehicle draws inspiration from Toyota’s race car for the World Rally Championship where the Japanese firm competes with the GR Yaris Rally WRC. The SEMA concept is based on the 2023 GR Corolla Circuit Edition and features full 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), a front splitter, and a rear spoiler. The hot hatch rides on 17-inch OZ wheels, concealing a ventilated four-piston brake system. Modifications to the factory three-cylinder engine include a TRD airbox and a custom exhaust system.
A pair of 2020 GR Supra drag vehicles are also on display in Las Vegas. Created by Toyota and the Toyota Motorsport Garage team on a budget of $10,000, both twin Spras run the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. Thanks to new Pure Turbo single turbochargers and high-performance intercoolers, the cars’ 3.0-liter inline-six engines produce 30 to 40 percent more power than stock.
Larry Chen – renowned Formula Drift photographer – helped Toyota create the GR86 Daily Drifter concept with a special livery reminiscent of the purpose-built race cars that compete in the series. The main idea behind the project was to create a car that looked and felt (almost) like a real professional drift car but something that the average car enthusiast could afford to build and maintain at home. There are several exterior upgrades including a new body kit, while a new supercharger kit with intercooler and a custom exhaust system pump out more power from the 2.4-liter engine.
Last but not least, Toyota showcases the GR86 Cup car that has been developed exclusively for the GR Cup racing series. It is a single-make championship that will begin next year under the umbrella of SRO Motorsports America. Some of the hardware changes compared to the stock GR86 include a six-speed sequential gearbox, Alcon brakes, a carbon fiber rear wing, and a custom exhaust system.
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