2011 SEMA Show: Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer wants to be a race car

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 1, 2011

The Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer was revealed today at the 2011 SEMA Show. This is the first race car built for competition in the U.S. that’s based on the next-generation 2012 Yaris SE. Jamie Bestwick, Action Sports Star and BMX icon, will be driving the Yaris Club racer when it enters the SCCA B-spec class category in 2012.

Toyota wants to qualify for and compete in the 2012 SCCA National Championship Runoffs that will take place at the popular Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

The seven-time X Games champion and former Dew Tour Athlete of the year will be at the Toyota press conference to respond to questions about the Yaris B-Spec Club Racer. SportsCar Magazine made use of an all-new second-generation Yaris SE three-door hatchback to build the Yaris B-Spec Club Racer.

This project proves to amateur racers how the all-new Yaris could be an affordable option if they wanted to gain experience in SCCA wheel-to-wheel racing. The livery of the Yaris B-Spec Club Racer pays tribute to Toyota’s 1998 LeMans pole-winning GT-One race car amid Toyota’s celebration of its comeback to the renowned racing series next year.

All-new 2012 Toyota Yaris Liftback is sized just right for drivers who want an agile and functional vehicle, which shows off sporty styling, excellent safety features and improved fuel economy. The all-new Yaris demonstrates the automaker’s attention to detail in its design and engineering. Highlights of the 2012 Yaris include a smart, interior design and quiet, a refined passenger cabin, and responsive driving dynamics – giving consumers a no-compromise vehicle.

Time passes by so quickly in the world of racing. It seems like yesterday when we first caught a glimpse of Toyota Europe’s best selling hatchback model. But that was way back in 1999. Since then, Toyota Yaris has been reinvented with its 2nd generation model in 2005, and some serious makeover in 2009. And now, the brand will once again introduce a new line of engine variants, a few exterior (and interior) enhancements and new-improved specifications. Yes, the Toyota Yaris 2010 model is here at last.

According to the European J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction surveys, many clients are very pleased with the brand’s overall performance, technology, comfort, and versatility. Of course, these happy customers appreciate Yaris’ spaciousness and ingenious packaging above all. It only goes to show why there are about 2.2 million units sold in Europe since 1999. This figure also proves why one fourth of Toyota Europe’s annual sales went to this model.

Meanwhile, Toyota’s Optimal Drive engine technology was launched in all Yaris models in the previous year model. This breakthrough delivered better affordability, improved CO2 emissions and more fuel savings. The entire engine range consists of 1.4L D-4D, 1.33L Dual VVT-I and 1.0L VVT-i. On average, all these engines generate lesser fuel by up to 51/100km and less than 120g/km emissions.

Press Release

Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer

The 2011 SEMA Show will feature the debut of the Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer at a press conference in the Toyota exhibit in Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. It is the first race car built for competition in the U.S. from the next-generation 2012 Yaris SE.

The Yaris Club racer will compete in the SCCA B-spec class race category in 2012 with Action Sports Star and BMX legend Jamie Bestwick behind the wheel aiming to qualify for and compete in the 2012 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, held at the famed Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The seven-time X Games champion and former Dew Tour Athlete of the year will be on hand to talk about the Yaris B-Spec Club Racer at a Toyota press conference.

The Yaris B-Spec Club Racer was built by SportsCar Magazine utilizing an all-new second-generation Yaris SE three-door hatchback. It demonstrates how the all-new Yaris offers a cost friendly avenue for amateur racers eager to gain experience in SCCA wheel-to-wheel racing. The Yaris B-Spec Club Racer’s livery also pays homage to Toyota’s 1998 LeMans pole-winning GT-One race car, as Toyota celebrates it return to the famed racing series next year.

With the right size for drivers who need an agile and functional vehicle, the all-new 2012 Toyota Yaris Liftback features sporty styling, outstanding safety features and improved fuel economy.

The all-new Yaris features a remarkable attention to detail in the design and engineering of the vehicle. From its smart, interior design and quiet, refined passenger cabin to its responsive driving dynamics, the 2012 Yaris answers car-shoppers’ demands for a no-compromise vehicle.

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TOYOTA YARIS CLUB B-SPEC CLUB RACER FEATURES

EXTERIOR
- Toyota Le Mans GT-One inspired graphics
- OMP tow hooks

INTERIOR
- Autopower Industries 8-point SCCA-spec roll cage
- Autopower window net
- OMP AFFF 2.8L fire system
- OMP HTE FIA race seat
- OMP 805 6-point FIA harness
- OMP WRC steering wheel
- RLC Racing Track Commander data acquisition system

TIRES/WHEELS
- Hoosier Racing Tire A6 P205/50ZR15
- Enkei RPF1 15x7

SUSPENSION
- Cusco Zero-3 Series Suspension kit
- Cusco Center Lock Pillowball Upper Mounts

BRAKES
- Pagid RS29 brake pads

POWERTRAIN
- Toyota 1NZ-FE 1.5 liter with VVT-i
- AEM Performance Electronics EMS Series 2
- Beta Motorsports cat-back exhaust
- Church Automotive Testing custom tune
- Joe Gibbs Driven XP1 Racing Oil
- Joe Gibbs Driven Super Speedway Gear oil
- K&N air filter
- K&N oil filter

CONTRIBUTORS AND SUPPLIERS
- AEM Performance Electronics: aemelectronics.com
- Autopower: autopowerindustries.com
- Beta Motorsports: betamotorsports.com
- Church Automotive Testing: (310) 518-4966
- Cusco: cusco.co.jp/en
- Enkei: enkei.com
- Garage Graffix: garagegraffix.com
- Hiro’s Auto Repair: hiros-auto.com
- Hoosier Racing Tire: hoosiertire.com
- Joe Gibbs Driven: joegibbsdriven.com
- K&N Filters: knfilters.com
- OMP: ompamerica.com
- Pagid: braketechnology.com
- RLC Racing: rlcracing.com

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