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Toyota Forgot How To Make Sports Cars

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But those who built the legendary cars that  and take a look back at the cars that paved   your mother’s grocery getter  hatchback transformed into a superhero and while the enticing looks of the gr corolla  one that has been forged  in the fires of motorsport one that was developed for the  tumultuous stages of world rally and end up with

A fantastic, rewarding sports car  it’s a formula that toyota has  concocted time and time again with cars like the crown, corona, and  that racing pedigree later would lead to the  exactly what they needed to spank  the datsun 1000 on road and track it was the cheap and cheerful  sporty cars like the corolla   and the celica 1600gt’s

Off road wins were the   the 80s saw the trd division take  then of course, there was the  legendary ae86 corolla, the hachiroku with the inevitable flow of progress  but the engineers that loved to  race knew that they needed rwd. and so efficiency and cost reduction  in favor for front engined,  rear wheel drive goodness all in

A lightweight econobox body with perfect  and when those engineers took  that little corolla racing and   and when the celica was forced  to go front wheel drive, and gave us the 2.0l 3sgte  powered road car that gave   something that could be sprinkled  cars to make automotive experiences  that people could never forget.

The last sports car we got with a  and while we did get a fantastic sports car  just 5 years later with the 86/brz twins,   and while people like myself would  tell them they were too closed minded, the twins often left a little to be  desired. (show recalls, unreliability) and, if those same people thought the  and while so many of us

Have found joy in driving  if you’ve driven those hallowed  toyotas over the years,   a feeling of being in a car that despite  a feeling that no matter how much  a feeling of trust in the intelligent  engineering and precision, it’s a certain feeling that toyota has  a car that proved to the world that they  race on the

World stage, with  technology they built in house, with a road car that had tactility, performance,   made under the supervision of  true automotive enthusiasts but now, just a few short years  later, the gr corolla sure has. the seating position in the gazoo racing branded  and other than the very information dense  digital cluster,

And the gr steering wheel,   but then again, that’s half  the fun with a car like this. and then drop a gear or two…and  let the turbo do the talking it makes blow off valve sounds that gives you  an honest 300hp that you  don’t feel short changed on. the cable operated 6 speed manual  is a pleasure to shift around (ad segue for

Dbrand carbon  skins compared to carbon roof?) turn the wheel and you’ll find  as you’re beating down a backroad  or hitting the kerbs at a track day the gr86 lets you know all the details  but such is the status quo in the days  of electric power steering, and besides,   the car leans as you pitch it in, which  but start to

Take the gr corolla through  some transitions and you realize that it’s   and that’s despite the center of gravity benefits  a roof that matches nicely with a  carbon fiber skin from dbrand btw. or with any other part of your  car! dbrand has a ton of skins   protect your devices and look good at your  front mac struts and a

Rear multilink setup  but even with stiffer springs  and dampers from standard, i damn near fell out of my seat on track when i  started to really chuck the car around, but then   there’s the third thing you’ll notice, something  the chassis is stiff, with 349  new weld points and 2.7 more   and when you point it to an apex,

The gr corolla  and not just any awd, an electronically  a computer controlled rear coupling intelligently   and the very uncomplicated knob in the center  the gr corolla continues to be a drama free  but somehow, i feel like with  the bulging nostrils and forged   and while yes, pulling the handbrake on  the gr corolla will

Disconnect the rear   of course, it’s when you pit off the track  and cruise the gr corolla on the street   the punchy powerband is exciting in the midrange,   with just enough lag to give you suspense and  the suspension that leaned on  track is compliant enough on   the clutch is light and the shifter is easy 

The gr corolla does all the fast  stuff while still being a corolla. an infotainment that doesn’t  make you feel like a luddite isn’t supposed to be a hardcore track car,   a fabulously fun driving experience  when you want to push it, the one that’s spent the last decade driving  the one that spend would spend an entire commute 

Thinking about installing poly bushings to take   kept wanting the gr corolla to be something more,   there is a version of the gr corolla  for people as psychotic as myself shorter first gear and final drive ratios  and the already rigid chassis gets twice as  add in stiffer spring rates, monotube dampers,  and just to make sure

Your significant other knows  no backseats, no rear power windows, no  no, this is not a gt3 rs,  this is a toyota corolla. and speaking of, it comes on the same tires as  truly the most ridiculous thing  you could ever do to a corolla, and somehow, all of it is orchestrated in a such   the added mechanical grip makes the nose  the

Springs and dampers keep the body motion under  and while the added torque and shorter  they work well together to turn up the  the balance of the car remains neutral,   but with the extra pace that  the morizo musters, it somehow   but still it’s the one that i  found myself thinking about,   morizo is the pseudonym

That president akio  toyoda races under, and he is the one that   and to make sure everyone understood that this car  with all the great toyota products in the past,   stern and straightforward when  answering technical questions giddiness in his step as he took us  around the morizo like a proud father, the forged carbon door trims

Made with leftovers  the purposefully sunken switches  the hidden cutouts in the rear carpet, hiding  threaded holes to install your racing harnesses,   but the fact that a car like this exists,   and for those of you less childish than me,   the core and circuit corollas still offer most  speaking to sakamoto-san, you realize

That  they’re about that human factor that seeps into   something that the world saw with  nobuaki katayama, and the hachiroku and continues their long standing tradition  while still staying true to  their values as a carmaker a refreshing change of pace for a brand that spent   and, above all, finally, a concrete answer that,  thanks for watching.

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