Remember when we spent a week in a heavily modified Toyota Sienna minivan, hitting race track after race track with celebrities and pro drivers during the 2016 One Lap of America? We really enjoyed our time with the Toyota team, and were totally blown away by the way in which a 2-ton soccer mom machine could spank dedicated track cars with just the right kind of modifications.
If you enjoyed that, then you’re going to love this; Toyota’s back at it again this year for SEMA, and it has a fresh run of rides for us to oggle over. By taking an interdisciplinary approach to six very different vehicles, Japan’s largest automaker has enlisted the help of some of the brightest minds in the aftermarket arena, and the results are pretty astounding.
Custom cars are a huge part of automotive advertising, and with SEMA celebrating 50 years of exhibition excellence this year, it only makes sense for Toyota to pull out all the stops and reveal some insane takes on a few unassuming automobiles. Granted, of the six following vehicles, two of them are already plenty performance focused in stock trim, making their modification that much more impressive.
While few car buyers will ever modify their vehicles to such levels, it certainly gives them plenty of room to dream as they pass by the Toyota booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Speaking of which, Toyota’s unveiling of the vehicles seen here, plus all eleven generations of the Corolla for its own 50th anniversary celebration drew quite a sizable crowd, as automotive enthusiasts and industry insiders admired the automaker’s past, present, and future. While on site we had the chance to sit down with a few of the people who helped make the following six builds possible, and were able to glean a few additional details on each chassis in order to offer you a menu of Toyota’s presence at SEMA 2016.
1. Xtreme Corolla
When Toyota opted to bring in Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs, they didn’t realize how far he was going to take the build, which true to its title is best summed up as “Xtreme.” By taking influence from what Lookofsky likes to refer to as “old school flavor,” and instilling it within a brand-new platform, Cartel Customs was able to take a Corolla sedan and transform it into a killer coupe. The amount of detail that went into this car’s body and interior alone is mind blowing, as things like a one-off floating center console and a vented hood for performance gains can attest. Speaking of sportiness, this car is also built to kick ass; and rocks a stout little turbo setup, as well as a tightly-wound set of coilovers and a big brake kit. When asked what he thinks one of the craziest things about the build is, Lookofsky told us that it’s the fact that with a driver on board, the curb weight for this Corolla barely tops 2,000 pounds.
LEAD BUILDER: Cartel Customs/Jeremy Lookofsky
MECHANIC/FABRICATORS: Jeremy Lookofsky/Rob Miller
BODYWORK: Star Side Designs
PAINTER: Doug Starbuck/Star Side Designs
TUNER: Jeremy Lookofsky
POWERTRAIN: 1.8-liter four-cylinder with an ASP custom turbo kit fesaturing a Garret GT2560R ball bearing turbo, a Type 40E intercooler, a Cartel Customs Elite one-off 3-inch center dual port exhaust, AEM FIC fuel controller, Odyssey battery, NGK spark plugs, RC 440cc injectors, Bosch fuel pump, and an ACT clutch and flywheel
BRAKES: One to Go white Wilwood forged Narrow Superlite six- and four-piston calipers, 14-inch SRP cross-drilled and slotted two-piece rotors, BP-10 Wilwood Smart pads
SUSPENSION: D2 Sport coilovers
WHEELS & TIRES: Custom directional Modulare forged B9 Evo wheels, Toyo Proxes R88 Sport tires
EXTERIOR: converted from a sedan to a 2-door coupe, rear is shortened 6-inches and the front is lengthened 6-inches in the door section, B-pillars removed, center dual port exhaust painted a radiant red with cement color base, custom rear diffuser and bumper, mofified hood with a turbo housing vent, custom HID headlights
INTERIOR: Recaro Sportster CS seats, all soft touch points reupholstered with real leather, custom free-floating center console, full JBL audio rear seat conversion, one-off fiberglass door panels, Alpine widescreen head unit, and suede headliner
2. Land Speed Cruiser
Taking SUV design up a notch, Toyota’s Land Speed Cruiser has more power than all the cars combined at most SEMA booths. Spearheaded by Toyota mastermind Chuck Wade, the slammed soccer mom machine has the ability to put down more than 2,000 horsepower, and is designed to breach a top speed of 220 miles per hour. Taking Toyota’s 5.7-liter V8, boring it up to 6.2-liters, and then outfitting it with a duo of massive turbochargers that run on 58 PSI of boost. Even though Wade says his Frankenstein needs to run on VP C-85 fuel for high performance gains, it can also run on regular E85 or premium for moderate gains for trips to the grocery store.
LEAD BUILDER: Motorsports Technical Center
MECHANIC/FABRICATORS: Chuck Wade, Sam Puleri, Rich Garver, Marty Schwerter
BODYWORK: Motorsports Technical Center
PAINTER: Randy Prevatt
TUNER: James Lin
POWERTRAIN: 5.7-liter Toyota 3UR-FE overbored and stroked to 6.2-liters with twin Garrett mid-frame GTX47 turbos, TurboSmart Pro Gate 50 wastegate and Race Port blow-off valve, custom MTCI intercooler, JE Pistons forged pistons, custom heads by Port Flow Design’s Tom Fujita and Bullett Fab, Oliver 4340E connecting rods, Web Racing cams, custom 96mm overbored Accufab drive-by-wire throttle body, custom MTCI/K&N air intake, Borla/MTCI exhaust manifolds, downpipes, and midpipes, custom Borla exhaust, Optima battery, MoTec ignition system, NGK spark plugs, twin AEM in-tank fuel pumps and single Waterman mechanical pump, ATI pulleys, Weismann eight-speed transmission, Weismann multi-disc centrifugal wet clutch, Weismann Locker front and rear differentials, Custom MTCI radiator, electronically controlled Air Shifter by Weismann, Weismann gears, and custom iced cooling tank for intercooler
BRAKES: The Brake Man (TBM) scalloped rotors and four-pot calipers all around
SUSPENSION: Fox Shox one-way adjustable with custom wound Eibach Springs
WHEELS & TIRES: custom 20-inch Momo wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
EXTERIOR: one-off airdam, custom intake for turbo, interchangeable rear wickers on spoiler, custom rear diffuser, custom gloss black paint with a splash of red ice
INTERIOR: gutted and caged with a Momo racing seat, once Wade’s team safely reaches 220 mile per hour speeds, the SUV’s full interior gets put back in to go with the fully functional dash, navi, etc
3. Prius G
Having driven both the version of the Prius pictured here and its Prime cousin, we can confidently claim that the latest generation of Toyota’s green machine actually handles surprisingly well. We spoke with project leader Gordon Ting and his protege Michael Chang of Beyond Marketing about the build, and got an earful of facts pertaining to the vehicle. Inspiration for the build reportedly came from the Japanese Prius GT300, a car that surprised naysayers by confidently holding its own on the racetrack. Ting’s version doesn’t disappoint either, living up to its name by nearly pulling a full “G” on the skid pad at Willow Springs International Raceway during testing earlier this year with a 0.99, which is something typically reserved for high-dollar sports cars.
LEAD BUILDER: Beyond Marketing/Gordon Ting
POWERTRAIN: Stock, save for a Kuhl Racing catback exhaust
BRAKES: Brembo four-piston big brake kit with 330 mm two-piece drilled Brembo rotors
SUSPENSION: Tein Street Flex Coilovers w/ Active EDFC Pro Unit and custom spring rates
WHEELS & TIRES: Rays Engineering TE-37SLs (18 inches) up front, 18-inch Toyo R888s in the rear
EXTERIOR: Kuhl Racing Body Kit, Evasive Motorsports fender flares, Craft Square GT mirrors mounted to OE base plates, Lexan windows
INTERIOR: Sparco steering wheel, Sparco six-point race harness, Sparco race seat, Evasive Motorsports roll cage, custom carbon-fiber flooring and center console, AIM MXS Race dash, custom hybrid battery cooling ducts, custom rear bulkhead sheet metal work, custom carbon door inserts
4. Extreme Sienna
Unlike the track-tuned minivans we were bumping around in earlier this year for One Lap, Real Time Automotive Solutions went for the epitome of posh parenthood with this build. With its wide body kit, carbon fiber touches, tuned exhaust, big brakes, and forged wheels, the Swagger Wagon is back and better than ever. From the home theater system and reclining massage seats, to the on-board refrigerator, and air ride system that can be controlled via an iPad, the Sienna has never looked better.
LEAD BUILDER: Real Time Automotive Solutions/Rick Leos
POWERTRAIN: stock, save for a one-off exhaust system
BRAKES: Stoptech calipers/TRD big brake kit conversion
SUSPENSION: Custom Air Lift Performance System, Megan coilover shocks
WHEELS & TIRES: Litespeed Racing 2-piece forged concave wheels in brushed-gold (21-inches front and rear), wrapped in Toyo Tires
EXTERIOR: Custom four-stage Candy Blue paint, Fully Fabricated custom wide body kit, custom anodized grille and badges, tinted windows, LED fog lamps, custom roof rack
INTERIOR: Euro Autolux parchment colored leather, cognac colored Euro Autolux leather accent color, custom burl-wood accents, reclining luxury heated chairs with built-in massagers, floors finished in Brazilian Pecan hardwood, LED illuminated headliner panel, embossed floor mats, 32-inch flat screen smart TV, JBL 5.1 home theater system, built-in iPad controller, Apple TV, Apple-integrated WiFi router inverter/converter, custom eight-speaker audio system
5. Tacoma TRD Pro Race Truck
After speaking with Camburg Racing’s Jerry Zaiden, we were able to fully understand why most of this TRD Pro Tacoma remained unmolested. Zaiden claims that when Camburg Racing accepted the challenge of making a race-ready version of the already agile pickup, the decision to leave the majority of the truck’s drivetrain alone was a crucial decision. By tackling the aspects of the vehicle that needed attention the most, Camburg was able to showcase how capable the vehicle already is in stock trim, while prepping it for race season next spring, as it competes in the Mint 400, “The Great American Off-Road Race,” here in Las Vegas.
LEAD BUILDER: Camburg Racing/Jason Campbell and Jerry Zaiden
MECHANIC/FABRICATORS: Jason Campbell, Justin Hampton, Russel Hampton
POWERTRAIN: Stock 3.5-liter V6 Direct Injection Atkinson Cycle Engine (2GRFXE) with engine oil cooler and power steering cooler, Lucas engine oil, Pyrotect Bladder fuel cell, TRD air intake system, Magnaflow exhaust system, six-speed automatic transmission with ATF cooler, 4WDemand w/ Multi-terrain Select (MTS), and Crawl Control (CRAWL), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and a locking rear differential, Odyssey battery, and an OEM Toyota 130-amp alternator upgrade
BRAKES: Stock Toyota components with TRD brake pads
SUSPENSION: FOX 2.5-inch front coilovers with remote DSC adjuster reservoirs and 3.0-inch bypass shocks, Camburg’s all-new KINETIK Series billet aluminum uniball upper arms w/ FK uniballs, OEM Toyota uprights, lower control arms, hubs, wheel bearings, and tie rods, FOX 3.0-inch rear bypass shocks w/ piggyback reservoirs, and Deaver rear leaf springs
WHEELS & TIRES: KMC Bully 17-inch wheels, General Tire GRABBER X3 Mud Terrain tires
EXTERIOR: Rigid Industries LED front lights, Gator Wraps custom vinyl wrap, custom fabricated bed cage for spare tire and FOX shocks
INTERIOR: Camburg Built KINETIK roll cage, Sparco Evo Series race seats, Sparco steering wheel, Toyota TRD shift knob, Switch-Pros switches, LeadNav GPS navi, Rugged Radios intercom, Rugged Radios race radio, and Scosche electronics charger
6. Toyota Motorsport GmbH GT86 CS-CUP
Shipped in from Germany, the Toyota 86 CS pictured here made its U.S. debut at SEMA, marking it as the first CS-Cup Spec to be built off of the redesigned 2017 Toyota 86. Vehicle program head honcho Allen Vaught tells us that while this vehicle has seen some extreme weight reduction and handling upgrades, the majority of its drivetrain and aero styling is completely original. Engineered to attack the track, the little coupe sports a livery that offers a nod to Toyota’s racing heritage with a retro red and white design, and a laundry list of safety upgrades that allow it to compete on a professional level.
LEAD BUILDER: Toyota Motorsports Germany and Allen Vaught
POWERTRAIN: stock FA20 boxer flat-four, TMG engine software with flatfoot shifter and auto-blip, TMG exhaust system, Torsen LSD differential with cooling system, Sachs single-disc dry clutch, Super B lightweight motorsport battery, and a TMG electronic master switch system
BRAKES: Alcon four-piston calipers, OEM Toyota rear calipers, PFC brake pads, stainless brake lines, TMG GT86 CS-CUP brake cooling system
SUSPENSION: Bilstein adjustable two-way struts with adjustable camber plates in the front, reinforced TRD strut brace
WHEELS & TIRES: O.Z. Race 17-inch wheels, Pirelli DH tires
EXTERIOR: 2017 86 front spoiler and side skirts, six-position adjustable TMG rear wing, Lexan side windows and antisplinter foil (triangular window), reinforced jacking point, and toe strap
INTERIOR: Takata race seat, 320 mm three-spoke steering wheel, anti-slip footrest, Takata six-point harness, Lifeline electronic fire suppression system, custom welded roll cage