TAS

Happy New Year!

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At home of Toyota 86, they’re having TAS. This year, they made interesting announcement. They’re official making Toyota 86 x Style Cb. If you’re wondering what they are, this is it.

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Now, this isn’t for everyone. They made this design more towards for lady. If you watch this commercial, kinda see that, they’re aiming for ladies.

They also have teased us with vert 86 again. This time, they changed a bit. I must say, I do like the color… but I’m still questioning the front bumper.

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Photo credit to: Moto Miwa (founder & owner of Club4AG)

Tetsuya Tada: Behind-the-scenes story on how Toyota and Subaru created the GT86 / BRZ

Very interesting article.

Reference: Toyota UK

Tada: How Toyota and Subaru created the GT86

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Since its launch last summer, the Toyota GT86 has received multiple awards for its no-nonsense, fun-to-drive philosophy.

But without unprecedented collaboration between two Japanese carmakers and major backing from on high within Toyota, it might never have happened.

Andrew English recently spoke with GT86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, who explained the complicated behind-the-scenes story that led to the most acclaimed sports car of the past decade.

In the end, this is a story of how the development of this remarkable car overcame obstacles and forged a grudging and mutual respect between two teams of engineers, both of whom were working for very different companies.

Here’s Tada-san’s story, in his own words.

“You need to remember that this car was the result of an executive board meeting at Toyota in 2007 with the sole agenda that people around the world are losing interest in cars and what Toyota was going to do about it. One suggestion on how to address this was to go back to basics with a sports car that would rekindle interest. In the past, sports cars had been repeatedly rejected as having a poor return on investment, but at this meeting it was decided that if the technology division could make something that could restart interest, then the marketing division would support it.

“I had been working in the minivan department engineering new product, but a month after the meeting I was summoned. ‘Forget about minivans,’ they said, ‘you are now working on the sports-car project.’

“I started to research the idea and the first thing that hit home to me was that all sports cars are launched to the same formula. The are very fast, with fast lap times and that was the index that was used to measure how effective the car was. Yet when I spoke to car guys around the world they universally said they didn’t want that. These guys were still repairing their old Silvas and AE86 models.

“Yet the first question from the board when I reported back was, ‘how fast is it?’ They couldn’t imagine a car which drives like a dream but isn’t that quick. I was thinking that maybe the car guys were right when they said they thought Toyota would be the hardest company to get such a high-fun, low-top-speed car past.

“Yet when I meet up with rival sports car chief engineers (and we do at various times around the world), we all talk about what we call the Devil’s Cycle of ever-increasing power, speed, weight and price. So I started to work on the packaging requirements for this different sort of sports car. It would need to be front engined and rear wheel drive, but it would also have to be ‘cool’ and by that I mean low at the front. Yet all our Toyota engines are quite high and that would mean the car would have to have a high front end to pass pedestrian safety legislation, which wouldn’t be good for the aerodynamics, the looks or the ‘cool’.

“It quickly became clear that we would need a flat-four cylinder or a rotary engine for such a ‘cool’ sports car. And by coincidence, Toyota and Subaru had just announced a collaboration deal. And although it wasn’t in the area of building a joint sports car, they did have a flat-four engine. In fact the deal was that Toyota was buying some Subaru shares back off General Motors and there was no financial benefit until we came along and suggested we talk to Subaru about their engine.

“When we first approached Subaru they couldn’t believe that our plans for a sports car wasn’t a four-wheel drive or a turbocharged engine. ‘Who is going to buy this car?’ they said. We talked for a while, but the discussions stalled and we didn’t do anything for six months. Then we built a prototype based on a Subaru Legacy and that’s when the mindset seemed to change at Subaru. We lent them that car and the Subaru management came back to us and said, ‘this is such an interesting car. Every time we lend it out, it comes back with the rear tyres worn out!’.

“So the project was on again and the initial approval was for us to take the Subaru engine as it was. This was for financial reasons. We persevered but one year into the project and both sides could see that while we had a sports car, it still needed a good power level of 100bhp per litre and also an environmental target of a maximum of 160g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. With the Subaru flat four as it was we could get one and not the other. If we wanted 160g/km we only got 60bhp per litre, which meant 120bhp in total; not enough.

“We had hit another wall. I went to our engine simulator and looked at the set up we had to give us the figures we needed. The chief engineer from the Lexus LFA came to help us and he proved that with Toyota’s D4S [direct and port] fuel-injection system and a certain bore and stroke we could hit our power and emissions targets.

“Oh dear. We then had a lot of problems with the Toyota board. We needed the company’s most advanced direct fuel-injection system, but when I said I was going to disclose the inner workings of the most modern Toyota advance to an outside company, they said, ‘Are you crazy?’.

“Our saviour turned out to be the head of engine development Shinzo Kobuki who had also developed the engine in the AE86. He took on the task of persuading the board to allow us to use D4S. You might have thought that owning Subaru shares meant that such a move would be in both our interests, but no.

“What’s more Subaru’s reaction was a bolt from the blue. ‘Not over my dead body,’ was their reaction. The rationale was their previous experience with direct injection and the many problems that had occurred. The chief executive officer of engine development had previously been the head of the introduction of direct injection at Subaru and was very anti the idea. Plus of course, the Subaru way is of corporate conservatism.

“So Mr Kobuki came out for us again. ‘I will convince them,’ he said. In the end he undertook to take on the warranty for all problems. What really won everyone over was when we built our first engine. You can imagine that the relationship between Toyota and Subaru at the time was very low. I admit, I was still thinking, ‘they’re never going to agree to this’. Even Mr Kobuki didn’t think that Subaru would understand the ramification of the D4S, the benefits it gave and its importance to Toyota. I was pretty low.

“Yet out of these feelings and the wall of reluctance, we made a prototype [in 2008], which had 190bhp. It started to dissolve the antipathy and marked the start of a mutual respect between Subaru and Toyota engineers. We had heard that Subaru engineering had been concerned about the potential for Toyota one-upmanship in this relationship. But after the prototype was built we all got together and felt that we were all on the same team.”

Tokyo Auto Salon 2013

Jan 11~13 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon went on with crazy amount of modded car (along with drift show). Now, there’s way too many to photos to upload those car photos, so I’m going to post only few that I liked. Why only ones that I liked? Because, it’s my blog lol

TRD 86 Griffon. Very clean looks with faster time in Tsukuba than 458 Italia, it have to be in my like ranking.
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GRMN Sports FR Concept. Gazoo Racing not only went twin charger the 86, but they went extra mile widen the body and change the whole exterior & interior… so pretty much everything of 86. A lot of people thinks, it’s next Supra… maybe? maybe not. Only thing I know is, Toyota have bright future a head of them… if they do it correctly.

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& that’s pretty much it. TOM’s 86 was pretty cool and all with V6 engine… but exterior totally push me away from liking it… but under the hood is worth showing

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Which Tokyo Auto Show cars did you like? Doesn’t have to be 86 or BRZ. Some of GT-R looks pretty nice

GRMN Sports FR Concept

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Looks like Gazoo Racing isn’t wasting any time making beefy 86 or next “concept” FR layout sports car.

First, GRMN 86 Twin Charged, which was already pushing 320HP from FA20 Turbo Supercharger.

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Now, they have announce they’ll be bringing GRMN Sports FR Concept. Is it worth every yen, euro, or penny? You bet cha! Gazoo Racing doesn’t fail to satisfy those sport car mania that is looking for both power & handling.

Here are several photos.

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Reference: carscoop blogspot

Subaru BRZ XT

Subaru has shown BRZ XT concept at Paris Auto Show.

Info & Pic: Autoblog

Originally Posted by Autoblog
The Subaru XT was a small coupe from the ’80s that offered all-wheel drive and a turbo engine, and now, Subaru is revisiting the designation on its 2012 BRZ XT Line Concept. While we would love to imagine a day with a turbocharged Subaru BRZ driven by all four wheels, we’ll have to wait until later to learn the true details of this car. The XT moniker has also been used more recently to denote the turbocharged models of the Subaru Forester, so there’s that, too.

For now, though, all we have to work on are pictures of the car, and from what we can tell, Subaru’s definitely injecting more attitude into the much-loved rear-drive coupe. Visual changes include carbon fiber (or at least a carbon fiber look) on the roof panel, decklid spoiler and mirror caps, while the blacked-out 11-spoke wheels expose red-painted calipers at all four corners. XT Line Concept badges adorn the front fascia, fender vents and the C-pillars.

Inside this mysterious concept, the BRZ gets some bright red leather seats with embossed XT logos and some added carbon fiber trim on the gauge cluster brow and door panels.

Honestly, the XT Line Concept looks more appropriate for SEMA rather than today’s Paris Motor Show reveal, but hopefully Subaru will release a press release with additional information later. Until then, enjoy the live images.

 
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What do you think? Not happy because it’s missing turbo or supercharger? Happy with cool red leather interior and other carbon fiber gizmos? My feedback on this is, is okay. I’m pretty sure there are people that want this car for “luxury” and not just for “sports car” idea. Having all different types and style of 86/BRZ is okay in my book. Subaru & Toyota, please bring more stuff out for this car.

Concept…

So anyone seen this FIAT 500 concept?

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It’s called FIAT 550 Italia. FIAT 500 chassis with 4.8 Liter V8 which normally found in Ferrari 458 Iltalia. Here’s more info from Jalopnik

A design studio released renderings this past week of a Fiat 500 powered by a rear mounted 4.5 liter V8 normally found in a Ferrari 458 Italia.

It’s called the 550 Italia and if Lazzarini Design Studios can find an investor to help them build the car, we’ll have a legitimate reason to lust after a new Fiat 500. According to the renderings the a slightly detuned version of the Ferrari sourced V8 will be positioned directly behind the front seats. The company projects the custom Fiat would weigh a mere 2200 pounds when completed.

So what’s the investment required to take the most insane Fiat 500 in the world from paper to reality? The design studio estimates the project will cost about $550,000—approximately 2.4 times the base MSRP of a new Ferrari 458 Italia.

It cost about $550,000… I don’t know about you guys, but not sure it’s worth that much.