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Old 06-19-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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Toyota to launch AMG rival: TMG

Toyota will launch a new performance range, called TMG.

Race division to develop high performance TMG range for Toyota and Lexus.

Toyota will launch a new performance division from the ashes of its defunct formula one team. Toyota Motorsport GmBH (TMG) president Yoshiaki Kiroshita confirmed that his company has begun work on high-performance road cars which will carry the TMG badge.

“I cannot show you today but we have such kind of car, not an AMG; change the A to T,” Kiroshita said.

“It’s official plan. After we stopped formula one, we decided several things. One of the things was to become a homologated [performance car] company.”

The first development is a Lexus LS460 sedan that is being heavily modified by the engineers at the state-of-the-art factory based in Cologne, Germany.

TMG technical director Pascal Vasselon said TMG would give the car a complete overhaul rather than just be a tuning operation.

“We are not looking to do tuning,” Vasselon said. “We are looking to do high-performance cars.”
TMG logo.

TMG logo.

The LS is powered a 485kW twin-turbo V8 petrol engine coupled to a dual-clutch transmission. It also features re-styled bodywork – including a large rear wing – and the suspension has also been overhauled.

It has already been tested at the Nurburgring in Germany and Japan; it is likely to debut at the Essen motor show in September.

But the LS is just one of several Lexus and Toyota models that TMG is assessing for its new hot-rod range.

One obvious choice for a higher performance version is the Toyota 86 sports car that recently went on sale. But tellingly Kiroshita ruled out the new 86 coupe because it was “too small” suggesting the initial plan calls for the bigger, more expensive Lexus models to be given priority.

“It’s one of the trials for which kind of car we can make,” Kiroshita said. “Our strong point is we can make special chassis and special engines and special aerodynamics. Our weakest point is how to get the [car to meet the stricter] Euro V emissions, how to get Euro VI, how to get homologations. So we are now learning these things.”

Although the final decision has yet to be made on going ahead with the TMG brand, Kiroshita is confident.
Vasselon said a decision could come before the end of the year.

“It’s something to be finalised in the next six to nine months,” Vasselon said.

“Which badge has on the car is one of the decision that needs to be made in the next few months.”

Toyota's history in performance tuned cars isn't strong; only recently it tried to take on local heroes HSV and FPV with a supercharged version of its Aurion large car and Hilux ute - sold under the TRD, or Toyota Racing Development badge - but the project flopped.

Toyota invested heavily in the TMG factory in Colonge during its time in formula one. It is capable of producing and testing every aspect of a racing car and can accommodate up to 1000 staff.

Asked if the idea was to turn the TMG factory into Toyota’s answer to AMG Kiroshita was quick to respond.

“Yes,” he said.

The factory is not big enough to produce the cars but would instead become the design and development of the cars.

TMG is also responsible for Toyota’s Le Mans program which uses a super capacitor hybrid system; which provides a larger power boost compared to a conventional hybrid system. Vasselon admitted that TMG has looked at using the super capacitors in the road cars.

“We have been thinking about it, but we have nothing actively in development,” he said.
Kiroshita also revealed that TMG is also working on a potential return to the World Rally Championship using a hybrid Yaris and a new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that can be used for rallying and the World Touring Car Championshi
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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Fukn good read!!!!!!!!! Epic if it hits the 86.... Epic anyway... Supercharged Aurion FWD trying to step into a RWD world of HSV & FPV for similar price was a stupid idea from the get go... And who wants a supercharged PETROL hilux over a floorless built turbo diesel that's $20,000 cheaper to boot!!.. And now due to that we all suffer not getting the TRD package for the 86 straight up due to there silliness.... Just my thoughts and opinions....
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Is there a link to the article? Sounds awesome!
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Nope because I have had Keichii Tsuchiya skills from the womb and I'm a beast at Gran Turismo. Reall cars can't be all different.
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Is there a link to the article? Sounds awesome!
http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor...620-20mqk.html
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Thanks! Finally, something good out of Toyota (recently, other than the ZX6).
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This is their high end amg/m style shop so if they did an 86 it would cost like $100k.

I might buy it if the specs were right not sure how many from here are in that price range though.
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This is their high end amg/m style shop so if they did an 86 it would cost like $100k.

I might buy it if the specs were right not sure how many from here are in that price range though.
Or maybe a 40 grand (USD) twincharged 86, like the Gazoo racing prototype...
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Turbocharged Yaris ftw! bahahaha..
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Yaris RS Nurburgring edition
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Or maybe a 40 grand (USD) twincharged 86, like the Gazoo racing prototype...
Sounds tastey. Let's hope for a baby Supra not LFA.
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It pretty clearly says they aren't too interested in the 86.. I wouldn't get hopes up for anything too affordable
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It pretty clearly says they aren't too interested in the 86.. I wouldn't get hopes up for anything too affordable
For now...
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and yet....they did a yaris and iQ
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