Tucked almost apologetically off the main thoroughfare of Yokohama, Japan, an equally apologetic factory roller door hides what is the ultimate collection of Toyota Motorsport history.
Situated right next door to the modern Toyota Racing Development (TRD) facility, where tireless workers are buzzing deep into a snowy Friday evening, this innocuous green-floored space hosts everything from a freshly-restored Toyota 2000GT through to the incredible Toyota Mark 7 Can-Am machines. These 5.0-litre V8 beasts produced 441kW and only had to propel 660kg in the process.
Toyota’s rallying exploits are covered by the obvious – championship-winning Celica ST-165 and ST-185 GT-Fours are here – but also by the ridiculous; witness the Group S-destined MR2-based 222D prototype that never saw the stages. Powered by a massively-turbocharged 2.1-litre, mid-mounted four-pot, TRD is currently restoring it to operational status.
Between myriad local GT championship racers and the legendary TOM’s Castrol Supra (powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-four, as opposed to the road-car’s 3.0-litre turbo six, as per the rules of the time), there’s also a pair of Toyota TS010 Le Mans cars. These prototype-era machines are powered by a strident 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V10. Sadly, the Formula One car accompanying the Le Mans racers is a display car only.
Also present is the Lexus IS F CCS-R, which Lexus says was the performance benchmark for its latest RC F. Other famous TRD road-based equipment also resides, one of the 100-build, Japanese-market only Toyota 86 14R60s (which the workers are scurrying to complete in the next factory) sharing space next to its design inspiration, the TRD Griffon Concept, which lapped the Tsukuba circuit in under a minute; beating a Ferrari 458 Italia in the process, according to legend.
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