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Old 06-19-2001, 19:18   #1 (permalink)
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Toyota to run V8 Supercar team in 2002??

Read this in the paper this morning, I'm sure the on-line papers will have similar stories.

They plan to run a two car team, with Neil Bates (who is off contract as a rally driver this year) with rumours they are poaching a high profile drivers for the other spot. The picture shows an Avalon in stock trim.

As the current series stands, both Ford/Holden are running RWD 5.0L V8 cars. How does Toyota plan to compete then? I don't know of a 5.0L Toyota V8, and the Avalon is FWD.
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All they would have to do is choose either Ford or Holden floorpan and adapt the Avalon upper body onto it. The roll cage etc would make up the structural requirements. Then just use the same mechanicals.

Seriously though, Toyota shouldn't bother. Their cars aren't part of the performance scene and never will be while they pull themselves along the road!
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Old 06-19-2001, 19:24   #3 (permalink)
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Toyota for next years V8's?

Some over at LS1.com has mentioned that Toyota will be contesting next years V8 Supercar series and that it was heard on some news channel, can anyone shed some light on this?

Don't know what the hell they will use if they do enter next years series, though I have some ideas......

** Hilux SR5 double cab,
** Echo Sportivo,
** Corolla GL,
** Camry 2.2L wagon,
** Avalon with a sport pack,
** Previa MPV,
** Prado 4WD.

Any other thoughts?:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Old 06-19-2001, 19:26   #4 (permalink)
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Damm I quess we posted the same topic at the same time.:eek:
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Old 06-19-2001, 19:29   #5 (permalink)
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This will be interesting.

Maybe they will use a Japanese Mark II?
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apparently they are using a avalon conerted to RWD, with a Lexus V8 engine.

I dont think they should go to V8 Supercars, like who is going to go for toyota! They are a whitegoods car maker, nothing can change that.

Plus, they do not have a production V8 RWD car, they shouldnt have to engineer them jsut for the race.
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Old 06-19-2001, 19:36   #7 (permalink)
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Guys I merged the 2 seperate threads into just the one :D
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Isn't it part of the rules that if any feature of a car that wants to be used in V8 Supercars has to be on a car that has had a production run of 500 or whatever it is.

why are toyota going to be allowed to bypass this rule?

Even if they can bypass the rule I think they should stay out of it.
The Ford vs. Holden war has always live on the public roads, toyota has never been a part of it, they're just not in the sam class.

Thats my 2c.

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I wouldn't mind seeing Toyota join the competition. Even if they re-engineer the car so that it conforms to the current standards, it would be good to see some variety, not that I want to see toyota winning, just be good to see them holding off the commodres, while the falcons move further infront:D
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I agree with Jem, it would be good to see Commodores losing to Avalon's.
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