Toyota 86 TRD Griffon Concept Sheds 500 Pounds to go Ferrari Fast: 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon – AutoGuide
Ahead of its debut, Toyota bragged that its new GT 86 TRD Griffon concept was faster around the Tskuba circuit than a Ferrari 458. Revealed today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, even more surprising is the fact that it does so without any added power.
Exactly how the engineers at Toyota Racing Development achieved such a feat is hidden under a body that looks deceptively stock.
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Along with a completely reworked suspension system the GT 86 receives a long list of light weight components. In fact, the front bumper, doors, roof, rear bumper and hood are all made of carbon fiber. The front fenders are also made of the light weight carbon weave, and measure wider than stock. Further shedding pounds, the windows save the windshield have been replaced with polycarbonate.
In total, the Griffon Concept sheds 500 lbs compared to the stock GT 86 (already an incredibly light car), to tip the scales at just 2,280 lbs.