The last addition from Toyota’s SEMA booth is the Yaris GT-S Club Racer, a demonstration that a little sub-compact can be transformed into a very capable race car. For those who don’t know, Toyota renamed the car GT-S Club Racer as an homage to the popular GT-S grade Celica’s of the 1980’s and 90’s (seen in the photo gallery).
Designed by SportsCar magazine, the car features Molly Designs inspired graphics, a new Seibon carbon fiber hood and hatchback, AeroCatch hood pins, Racing Lifestyle fender flares, I/O Port Racing Supplies tow hooks, and Lexan side and rear windows. The design of the car is completed by the three-piece JRW330 13 x 7 Jongbloed Racing wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle Sports Car Special 20.0 x 9.5-13 racing slicks.
The car is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-I. Thanks to some high performance parts such as a K&N air intake, a DC Sports header, and Rebello Racing Engines camshafts and cylinder head, the power of the engine was increased from 106 to 145 @ 7252 rpm.
The engine is mated to a SPEC aluminum flywheel and three-puck clutch, a Kaaz limited slip differential and a 4.312 final drive gear set swapped in from a Scion xB. Furthermore,
Toyota added Carbotech XP-8 brake pads and Goodridge stainless steel brake lines. Inside, the car was prepared for racing and comes with a Sparco Evo 2 FIA race seat and race pedals while Autopower supplied a Pro-Cam six-point harness and window net.
In addition, the car comes with an AiM Sports MXL race data acquisition dash system paired with an AEM Performance Electronics EMS Series 2 ECU.