Posted on: Jan 01, 2013
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TRD Testing GT86-Based Supercar

Initial testing of FR-S tuned by Toyota Racing Development already proving one of the fastest cars on Japan's Tsubuka circuit.
When the doors open at the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 11, you can bet there'll be plenty of customized versions of the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ on display. Toyota's Gazoo Racing division is bringing a rebodied, twin-charged GT86, Subaru will have a host of mods on display, and Toyota Racing Development will be on hand with what it's calling the 86 TRD Griffon Concept. Details remain sketchy at the moment pending its official reveal in Tokyo, but TRD has already announced the results of initial testing.

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Apparently the Griffon concept has lapped the Tsubuka circuit in 1:01.872. That's all well and good, but how does it measure up? Consider for comparison's sake that the Ferrari 458 Italia logged a 1:02.24 lap time, and the Corvette ZR1 scored 1:02.55. In other words, the Griffon concept is already emerging as one of the fastest cars to lap the Japanese track. That time was logged after TRD had performed only the engine modifications. It's also planning on lightening the body, stiffening the suspension, replacing the exhaust system and more. Once the mods are complete, we could be looking at a proper supercar. Watch this space for more once the show opens.

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