Monday, 13 June 2011

NEWS: Toyota 88C Toyota 88C
24hrs Daytona 1998

Rosanna from has just sent through the technical specification cards of the hugely anticipated Toyota 88C.  The car was raced at the 24 hours of Daytona in 1998 by Drake Olson, Chris Cord and Steve Bren (all American team of drivers).  I think we'll all agree that the Toyota 88C has been a Group C car that has been always missed in the slot world of motor sport.  But no longer, thank you!

This from 'The Toyota 88C is a sports car prototype built in 1988 by Toyota according to the Group C specification, to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Japanese Sports-Prototype Championship.

The car, designed by Dome, was powered by a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, named "3S-GT", a 2.1-liter, water cooled, 680-hp, 16 valves aluminium head, unit. The chassis was an aluminium
monocoque, and the composite bodywork was made of carbon fiber and kevlar.

In 1989, one of these cars was entered in the IMSA GTP championship, a category with rules which were very similar to those of Group C in Europe, by All American Racers, Dan Gurney's (an American racing legend who won Le Mans in 1967) team.

The new model reproduces the car that took part to the 24 Hours of Daytona, driven by Drake Olson, Chris Cord and Steve Bren. All American Racers, using this engine as a development base, was later (1992, 1993) able to claim, with the Eagle MKIII, two IMSA titles, two victories at Sebring and one in Daytona.'

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