Toyota’s Sports Car Boss Wants a Performance Division to Rival M and AMG – RoadandTrack.com

Other compared to the 86 (formerly called the Scion FR-S), Toyota doesn’t create lots of exciting cars today; the days of the Supra and the MR2 are lengthy gone. But if the lead engineer behind the Toyota 86 obtains his way, Toyota might quickly have actually a separate performance division along the lines of BMW’s M and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.

Speaking to Australia’s CarAdvice, Tetsuya Tada said he is on the subject of a mission to convince his firm to make a performance division.

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“BMW has actually its M Division, Mercedes-Benz has actually Mercedes-AMG, Audi has actually quattro GmbH, so they have actually a stance of a sports car, However Toyota hasn’t,” Tetsuya-san said. “So I would certainly enjoy to create that severe sports automobile brand within Toyota, enjoy BMW’s M.”

With the automaker’s TRD division seemingly focused just on the subject of 4x4s at the moment, Tetsuya-san has actually a various idea—absorbing Gazoo Racing, which built the Lexus LFA racer you notice above. 

“BMW and M and Audi and quattro GmbH used to be enjoy the Toyota partnership along with Gazoo—it wasn’t truly one body, it was 2 divide things,” Tetsuya-san told CarAdvice. “However as a result of the moment and the consistent effort, now they are together. So, I’m wishing that Toyota puts initiative continuously, then someday later, Toyota and Gazoo will certainly be one body,” he said.

Currently, Gazoo Racing competes in nearly every type of racing, from WRC and Super GT to WEC and NASCAR. Bringing the group in-home and making use of its to create high-performance road cars might advice boost Toyota’s currently somewhat dull reputation. And Tetsuya-san might have actually a rather essential ally in this effort: Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota, that has actually publicly gained it his quest to abandon the staid, dull credibility his firm has actually cultivated over the past numerous years.

“The essential point is to preserve placing in the initiative and continue—never ever provide up,” Tetsuya-san said.