Is Toyota Starting to Compete with Ferrari?

toyota griffon conceptNearing the Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is teasing a car which is claimed to lap the Tsukuba circuit in 1 minute and 1.872 seconds called the GT86 Griffon Concept, which just so happened to beat the time set by a Ferrari 458 Italia. Although official details regarding all of the modifications won’t be released until January 11th, the TRD dropped some hints as to what has been done to the GT86 Griffon Concept, as well as releasing the blurry photo seen on the left.

Used to aid the Griffon Concept on the track include the following alterations: lowered and tweaked suspension, upgraded exhaust, lightweight materials, and a stiffened body. Even though no engine modification details have been released, TRD says that it has been testing some parts more related to the FA-20 engine. For Toyota‘s Griffon Concept to produce track times like that, it seems like that more than just body and suspension modifications were used on this car, though we won’t know for sure until the official unveiling next week.