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Toyota Unveils Ultimate Sport Compact Car in the GR86 with GR Corolla Engine and AWD for SEMA

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– Evasive Motorsports combines GR86 chassis with GR Corolla’s turbo engine and AWD for SEMA.

– Complex modifications include custom subframes and re-engineered suspension for powertrain integration.

– Inspired by Celica GT-Four, this build promises to be a highlight at SEMA 2024.

Toyota has commissioned what will undoubtedly be one of the stars at SEMA 2024. This custom-built rockstar of a car combines the GR86 chassis with the powertrain of the GR Corolla. This one-off creation, developed in partnership with Evasive Motorsports, is nothing short of a dream car for all enthusiasts.

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Evasive Motorsports, a well-regarded name in the automotive customization world, has been tasked with this ambitious project. The goal is to equip the lightweight and agile GR86 with the potent 1.6L turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the GR Corolla. This engine, known for its robust 300 horsepower output, will be once again paired with the GR Corolla’s all-wheel-drive system.

The end result will be a dream build reminiscent of the legendary Toyota Celica GT-Four, aka Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo (US) and Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (Canada). For fun, the WRC version was driven by random champions such as Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen, Didier Auriol, and Armin Schwarz.

This endeavor involves far more than a straightforward engine and drivetrain swap. Evasive Motorsports faces the complex task of integrating the GR Corolla’s AWD system into the GR86. This requires significant modifications to the GR86’s engine bay, front subframe, and overall chassis. Custom mounting brackets are being fabricated to accommodate the new powertrain while retaining the GR Corolla’s hubs and axles.

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Larry Chen, in a detailed video walkthrough, highlighted the intricate steps involved. Eimer Engineering, another key player in this project, is handling much of the fabrication work. They are tasked with ensuring that the engine fits correctly, aligning the suspension components, and crafting a custom subframe to support the new drivetrain setup.

The integration process includes modifying the GR86’s frame rails to fit the inline three-cylinder engine, ensuring it aligns properly with the suspension and steering components. The steering rack, typically located in front of the engine in the GR86, must be relocated to accommodate the new powertrain configuration. To retain the all-wheel-drive functionality, Evasive Motorsports is using the GR Corolla’s rear differential and matching it with custom-fabricated axles to fit the GR86’s chassis. This is no weekend do-it-yourself project…

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As the project progresses, the team will continue to validate the driveline, install a full roll cage for added safety and rigidity, and prepare the vehicle for its final paint and finishing touches. The comprehensive build will culminate in the vehicle’s debut at SEMA 2024, where it will draw serious attention.



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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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