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16 Feb

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TRD2000GT

4 Aug

In my opinion one of the coolest “factory-tuner” cars to ever come out. This is what all regular sw20 mR2S wanted to be when they grew up. Supposedly some of these were pushing 490 crank hp and weighed as little as 2,425lbs!

In 1998, Toyota Racing Development offered an official kit body conversion and tuning program for MR2 owners to transform their existing SW20 MR2 into a wide-body TRD2000GT replica car. This was to pay homage to the TRD2000GT wins in the GT-C Japanese racing series, since the TRD2000GT racing series cars were based on the SW20 floor pan. Toyota also did the same with their Supra Twin Turbo model, offering a conversion service to transform these cars into a TRD3000GT.

In order to ensure exclusivity, a high price tag was charged and total of just 35 factory car conversions were completed by Toyota Technocraft Ltd. Each official Technocraft-converted car was made using lightweight fiberglass components (front fenders, trunk lid extension, rear quarter panels, gas door, front and rear bumpers, 3-piece wing) and re-classified as completely new cars (with their own specially numbered TRD VIN plate riveted to the body to indicate their authenticity and rarity).

The Toyota Technocraft Ltd. TRD2000GT had a 60 mm (2.4 in) wider front and rear track (due to the addition of wider wheels and tires). Virtually every car converted also had other TRD parts fitted too, including extensive changes to both the suspension and engine. Most cars left the factory making more power due to TRD bolt-ons, some cars even left the factory boasting up to 500 metric horsepower (370 kW; 490 hp) and less than 1100 kg (2425 lb) for a very impressive power to weight ratio. While TRD Japan only offered a small number of kits with all body parts required for third-party conversion, Toyota Technocraft Ltd. offered complete car conversions.

It is unknown how many original Toyota Technocraft Ltd. cars still exist today, but it is rumored that a small number of conversion kits were imported from TRD Japan into the US for conversions. In many respects the extended body can be compared to that of a Porsche Turbo wide body. The car’s width is extended and body dimensions dramatically changing the car’s overall visuals. Very little is known about these cars outside of Japan.

Here is the Original Sales Brochure.

MRTweezy @ Hellaflush 5

8 Jun

We’ve been on a little bit of an MR2 kick as of late at the shop, so I found it fitting to post this picture taken by a member of my350z.com. The shot was taken by Calin Crecan at the Hellaflush 5 show.

More Pictures >>> HERE!