Toyota 2000GT

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Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT (1967)

E knows Nissan 240Z was the Japanese GT to succeed on the international (read USA). However, 2 before that, Toyota the first attempt with its In many ways, the 2000GT was and more sophisticated than the It was even a match to the best and Porsche of the time, namely and 911. If not because of its hefty and a less than prestige its production run would not have up with only 351 cars prototypes), and history could been rewritten.

Following a of victories in domestic motor Toyota felt that it was to challenge the best sports of the world. Therefore it started the project in 1964. It bought a of possible rivals to study, Jaguar E-Type, Lotus and Porsche 911, and came up to the that copying the Lotus’ chassis, the Jaguar’s twin-cam and the Porsche’s all-synchromesh 5-speed As for exterior design, it consulted the as well as Ferrari 250GTO – as did sport GTs of the time – to result in a sleek, low-slung and fastback Most people found it beautiful, although some find the nose a bit messy and the details not elegant enough. To with California’s new safety that set minimum height for it opted for a pair of pop-up in addition to Sport 800-style headlights.

The 2000GT was really head-turning on the It looked extremely low and compact. The sat close to the rear axle in the of contemporary sports cars to the engine to be mounted completely the front axle and benefit distribution, which was a remarkable with driver aboard. The body shell was made of with the exception of glass-fiber It contributed to the chassis strength, twist and flex on the steel chassis. The latter looked the same as that of Lotus with an X-shape structure and extensions to mount the suspension and dampers. Using backbone allowed a low door sill easy access to the cabin. It was much cheaper to build a full monocoque for small because it didn’t need big machines and expensive dies.

Better than many all its suspensions were independent type. The upper wishbones pressed and fabricated in steel, the lower ones were steel. As a Japan’s first, it all-round disc brakes. The magnesium wheels were with rather narrow tires that measured Steering was provided by a quick-ratio device. Overall kerb was 1120 kg, a fair bit more a Porsche 911S, but lighter Jaguar E-Type by about the margin.

Toyota 2000GT

But the engine could be more as Toyota had less expertise in development. Fortunately, it got a helping from Yamaha, the company known for motorcycles and pianos. had just gained valuable in developing a GT car for Nissan. Somehow, the was terminated (as Nissan chose its own to realize the Z-car) and Yamaha to Toyota. Toyota was not interested but it found Yamaha’s expertise in technology attractive, and its facilities/technicians suitable to the small scale that the 2000GT required. an agreement was signed for joint-development and production.

For the powertrain, Toyota the 1988 cc, 7-main bearing from its Crown saloon as the then Yamaha added an cylinder head with camshaft and cross-flow architecture. It 150 hp gross power, or about 130 hp DIN it was never rated to European The straight-six ran smoothly and delivered its linearly, even though it was not as as the 2-liter boxer of 911S hp gross SAE or 160 hp DIN) or the much Jaguar straight-six (4.2-liter and 265 hp It redlined at a remarkable 7500 eclipsing many motors of The 5-speed gearbox was not as slick as (which invented synchromesh), but it was quick and short enough to a positive feel.

Most contemporary road found the car good for about 130 mph and from 0-60 mph in about 10 The high top speed was undoubtedly from the slippery shape – it was never tested in wind calculation found it had a theoretical coefficient of only 0.28. No the 2000GT broke many speed records in Japan. As for it was rather slow by class Porsche and Jaguar typically led it to 60 mph by 2-3 which was a lot indeed. However, the was far more capable in corners. Its was remarkably agile and well-balanced to the optimum weight distribution. attitude was neutral. It showed understeer at corner entry, and was just not enough power to oversteer at exit. Therefore it was and safe to drive fast. The was light and quick. The linear also aided handling. its ride quality was impressive. to the low center of gravity and high-roll contributed by its sophisticated suspension, it was to adopt softer springs and suspension travel to achieve a ride that was rare high-speed GTs, while roll remained limited. No Road Track called it one of the exciting and enjoyable cars we driven and a worthy competitor to The only niggles were the doubtful stopping power the disc

brakes and the modest grip by the narrow tires. Both made by Japanese suppliers license from Dunlop. said, its lovely balance and more than made up for its of cornering power.

Toyota 2000GT
Toyota 2000GT
Toyota 2000GT

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