The star of the Toyota stand at SEMA this yr was a lowly crossover SUV. OK, not a inventory crossover SUV. This one was a one-off creation that was about as constructed as constructed will be. The workforce stripped the inside and festooned the outside with aerodynamic add-ons which might be totally practical. The rear wing, for example, manufactures 300 kilos of downforce at 120 mph. There may be fabrication in every single place you look.
“We wished to know what we must do to legitimately be a supercar killer,” mentioned Dan Gardner, whose DG-Spec constructed this automobile, in addition to the Sienna R-Tuned minivan that wowed SEMA two years in the past.
Not like the Sienna, the CH-R R-Tuned has each a Toyota engine and a transmission. However, as you may guess, neither is inventory.
“A giant a part of the work was determining the motor and trans swap, packaging, engine wiring, chassis harness stuff,” mentioned Gardner. “We went from the inventory 2.0L with a CVT to a Toyota 2AZ-FE 2.Four-liter that has solid internals, together with a Toyota E-Sequence five-speed guide with handled internals, however all inventory elements, besides the LSD.” The completed engine makes 600 hp, Gardner mentioned.
The CUV additionally has: Brembo racing brakes with 14-inch rotors and four-piston calipers, triple-adjustable DG-Spec Movement Management Suspension dampers and 275/35R18 Toyo Proxes RR tires.
As a substitute of a 2.Zero-liter 4 with a CVT, Toyota put a 2AZ-FE 2.Four-liter with solid internals, together with a Toyota E-Sequence 5-speed guide with handled internals. The engine makes 600 hp. That is greater than inventory, we predict. Somebody verify.
Does it work? How a few lap time round Huge Willow of 1:25.22? That’s quicker than the professionally pushed McLaren 650 S Spyder, Porsche 911 GT3 and Nissan GT-R NISMO, in line with Toyota.
“Many (of the competitor laps have been pushed) by Randy Pobst,” mentioned Gardner. “So (they have been) not affiliated with Toyota in any means. We selected to do that for transparency and to keep away from any declare that we ‘sandbagged’ with the opposite automobiles.”
You may see the record of lap instances right here.
“Craig Stanton and I did all of the driving on the C-HR R-Tuned,” mentioned Gardner. “With Craig doing the driving on the day of the 1:25.22 lap. The lap is recorded on video.”
There can be different Toyotas on the Toyota stand at SEMA, together with the same old assortment of Camrys personalized below the sometimes-vague path of actual Toyota NASCAR drivers and constructed by actual customized retailers. Search for all of them in the back of the Heart Corridor for those who’re in Vegas.