Toyota Racing Development to submit V8 Powerplant for Daytona Prototype approval. COSTA MESA, Calif. (July 25, 2002) - Toyota Racing Development (TRD), U.S.A. announced today that it will submit a 4.3-liter V8 engine to the Grand American Road...
Toyota Racing Development to submit V8 Powerplant for Daytona Prototype approval.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (July 25, 2002) - Toyota Racing Development (TRD), U.S.A. announced today that it will submit a 4.3-liter V8 engine to the Grand American Road Racing Association (Grand Am) for approval to compete in the Daytona Prototype Class of the Rolex Sports Car Series beginning in 2003.
The Toyota Daytona Prototype V8 engine will be based on the 4.3-liter, four-cam, 32-valve powerplant that is currently utilized in production models sold in North America. The engine will be submitted for inclusion in the "A" Type Daytona Prototype engine category, which is based on production six- and eight-cylinder engines, which have a maximum displacement of 4.3 liters.
"We believe that Grand Am has created a unique vision for an American-based sports prototype series," said Jim Aust, president and CEO of TRD, U.S.A.
"TRD is always interested in potential business opportunities that expand its presence in U.S. motorsports. Our goal will be to offer Daytona Prototype teams a competitive engine at a competitive price."
TRD will provide final engine specifications and pricing upon receiving certification from the Grand Am series in September. The Costa Mesa, Calif.,-based company will sell the spec engine parts and components to independent engine builders, and it will have the capability to sell and support complete race-ready engines directly to Daytona Prototype teams. TRD currently produces winning V8 powerplants in its off-road and sport compact/import drag racing programs.
Participation in the Grand Am Daytona Prototype program would continue Toyota's sports prototype heritage in the U.S. Toyota-powered prototypes dominated U.S. road racing in the early 1990s, including a victory at the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 1993.
TRD, U.S.A. commenced its operation in 1979 as the North American technical arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's racing engines. Championship-caliber powerplants have been produced for various series including CART; IMSA; SCORE, MTEG and CORR off-road racing; Toyota Atlantic; NASCAR Goody's Dash; SCCA; and Pikes Peak. TRD also distributes a premium quality line of high-performance aftermarket parts for Toyota products.