Every product offered with special edition frills must have a higher price or value compared to the regular or normal edition. As with products from the automotive industry, a limited number makes the value of exclusivity very attached to automotive product enthusiasts.
Although they have the same tendency regarding the value and nominal value of these products, in the automotive industry there are many factors and levels of exclusivity in the manufacture of a product. For example, we take a product from one of the leading automotive brands from Germany, BMW.
The best-selling BMW model line is the BMW 3 Series, although it already has a fairly “ expensive ” price, the BMW 3 Series is a model with a minimal level of exclusivity compared to other BMW series, so there is the BMW 3 M Line series, or the BMW Series. 3 who get some additional M-Division-style treatment. In addition, there is the M3 Type and M3 Competition, which are the top of the line for the Series 3 model.
A trend that is rife in the automotive industry which is also applied by BMW is that the more exclusive a series of models is, the higher the performance it offers. Especially if a line-up model on a car has a historical motorsport badge such as BMW’s M-Division, Mercedes Benz’s AMG, and Toyota’s GR badge .
Yes, Toyota, a few years back the world of motorsport was rocked by the appearance of a special Toyota racing team called GR or Gazoo Racing. Gazoo Racing itself began in the WRC motorsport event through the Toyota Yaris’s best – selling hatchback car, which was modified in such a way as to meet the needs of a multi-terrain WRC race.
Toyota, TRD and the youngest Gazoo Racing
Maybe some of you will think that the Toyota line up with a higher performance is TRD (Toyota Racing Development), indeed that cannot be blamed, but there are some differences between the TRD line up and also the GR that is in Toyota manufacturers.
Although both focus on high-performance cars, TRD and GR have different sub-focuses. TRD itself has already become a special division for Toyota cars with higher performance, counting for more than 40 years TRD has existed and provides attractive touches to Toyota’s cars. So that TRD has a more adequate historical value.
However, with the presence of the GR, now TRD has begun to provide more of its models, to the line up of conventional trucks and sedans without the need for special homologation, while the GR focuses more on sports cars or homologation specifically for motorsport .
For Gazoo Racing itself, even though it is big from the WRC event, Gazoo Racing is actually the first time taking part in the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours racing event. The Toyota models that get special treatment from Gazoo Racing are the Toyota Yaris and the Toyota Supra.
The Toyota Supra, which is one of several iconic cars from Japan, is Gazoo Racing’s choice to become the first legal road car from the initial series of cars that will receive special treatment in the style of a motor sport racing team that is increasingly respected in all motorsport events .
Toyota Supra GR, which was born in cooperation with Toyota and BMW , is equipped with a 1998 ( In-line 4) & 2998cc ( In-line 6) BMW B48 (255 hp) & B58 (382 hp) Turbo engine in standard conditions. an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends all the power to the rear wheels and can travel 0-100 kilometers per hour in 3.8 seconds.
This Toyota Supra car was also built and developed with one of the most important people at Toyota, Akio Toyoda. Akio Toyoda, who is none other than Toyota’s number 21, participated in developing and giving direct direction to the development of this car, even to the teaser video of the Toyota Supra car, Akio Toyoda was seen doing a direct high-speed test (driving).
Toyota Yaris GR
The next road legal variant of Gazoo Racing is an urban hatchback that is closely related to the eyes of Indonesians. Yaris is known as an agile and agile urban car, in its 2019 generation, Toyota decided to enter this car in the WRC (World Rally Championship) championship. To participate in a WRC class event, this car must be completely overhauled in order to complete one of the most difficult motorsport events in the world.
This brilliant achievement of the Gazoo Racing team at the Toyota Yaris, has left many question marks on the minds of motorsport enthusiasts. Will the WRC version of the Yaris car be made of its road legal homologation type? It turns out that these questions were welcomed by Toyota, as a popular sentence in the automotive world “win the race on Sunday, sell on Monday” seems to have been successfully implemented by Toyota.
Toyota allowed Gazoo Racing to create a special WRC homologation car that they participated in and applied to legal road cars . So that in 2020 at the Toyota Japan virtual event, Toyota together with Gazoo Racing introduced the world to the Toyota Yaris GR.
With 3 variants, namely the GR Yaris RC and RZ variants which are equipped with a 1,618 cc engine. This engine produces 261 horsepower and a maximum torque of 360 Nm. This powerful 12-valve DOHC engine equipped with a single turbo ball bearing is channeled to the drive wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission (iMT / intelligent Manual Transmission) which is designed to accommodate high torque levels.
With WRC experience, this car has undergone precise development, including a strong power to weight ratio . Its purpose is to help meet the GR Yaris performance targets.
Lightweight and strong body, including new carbon fiber polymer for roof. Aluminum is used for the hood, doors and rear floors. As a result, the Toyota GR Yaris has the strength of the C segment performance hold but the weight of the B segment engine. With its power to weight ratio of only 4.9 kg per hp it helps produce 0-100 kilometers per hour acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds and The electronically limited top speed reaches 230 km per hour.
In addition to the special racing homologation car edition, Gazoo Racing also provides unique touches to other Toyota car line-ups that are no less interesting. Like the GT86, Corolla, and C-HR cars and many more. Some sources say that the presence of GR cars from various motorsport series can stimulate the presence of the legendary Toyota car that will be revived, and hopefully these rumors are true. Because if indeed the GR will help Toyota to revive Toyota’s legendary sports cars, then it is well worth the wait and hope.