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Which Corolla is fastest? – Toyota UK Magazine

Which Corolla is fastest…? To answer this question an impressive group was assembled at the challenging Anglesey Circuit in Wales, featuring a new Corolla GR Sport hatchback pitched as the protagonist in a series of lap battles between two generations of road and race Corolla models.Overseeing the showdown was the high-performing Toyota Gazoo Racing UK…

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Which Corolla is fastest…? To answer this question an impressive group was assembled at the challenging Anglesey Circuit in Wales, featuring a new Corolla GR Sport hatchback pitched as the protagonist in a series of lap battles between two generations of road and race Corolla models.

Overseeing the showdown was the high-performing Toyota Gazoo Racing UK touring car team, with drivers Rory Butcher, Sam Smelt and Scott McKenna as well as team principal Christian Dick being tasked with answering the burning question: Which Corolla is fastest?

Little did we know that the results of our timed comparisons would provide surprises as well as plenty of ammunition for further discussion.

Race 1: 2021 Corolla GR Sport v 1987 Corolla GT Coupe

Two production road cars separated by almost 35 years and six generations of continual development. Although they share the same Corolla name, in almost every other respect they’re very different beasts. The iconic AE86 GT Coupe has a longitudinal engine, manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive, while the new Gazoo Racing-inspired GR Sport has a transversely mounted petrol-electric powertrain and CVT transaxle delivering drive to the front wheels.

It is interesting to note that although the GR Sport’s hybrid drivetrain offers a 43% power advantage over the Coupe’s venerable twin cam engine, generous specification and advanced safety features means the new car weighs approximately 60% more. This gives it a lower power-to-weight ratio. Nevertheless, the structural rigidity, low centre of gravity and sophisticated, multi-link suspension afforded by its GA-C platform gives the GR Sport a comfortable (in more ways than one) win.

  2021 Toyota Corolla GR Sport  1987 Toyota Corolla GT Coupe 
Engine  2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid  1.6-litre DOHC 16v 
Transmission  CVT transaxle  Five-speed manual gearbox 
Driven wheels  Front  Rear 
Power  178bhp (system output)  124bhp 
Tyres 225/40 R18 Falken Ziex road tyres  195/60 R14 Bridgestone Turanza road tyres
Kerb weight  1510kg  950kg 
Power to weight  117.9bhp per tonne 130.5bhp per tonne 
Lap time  1:36.00  1:36.50 

Which is faster? It’s a win for the 2021 Toyota Corolla GR Sport road car

Race 2: 2021 Corolla GR Sport v 1987 Corolla GT Coupe race car

Race two sees the race-spec AE86 GT Coupe avenge its road car’s defeat. Touring car regulations in the late Eighties meant that the race Corolla closely resembled its production equivalent, with tuning of the original engine and weight loss being the primary differentiators. And it’s the alterations in these two areas that makes this particular head-to-head so fascinating.

Race tuning the GT Coupe’s engine has elevated its power output to roughly the same level as the system output of the standard Corolla GR Sport. But when this increase in horsepower is considered alongside the car’s 150kg weight loss, the power to weight ratio of the classic is now almost double that of the new car. Yet despite this appearing to be the very opposite of a level playing field, the new GR Sport equips itself surprisingly well and remains within touch of the high-revving Coupe.

  2021 Toyota Corolla GR Sport  1987 Toyota Corolla GT Coupe race car 
Engine  2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid  1.6-litre DOHC 16v 
Transmission  CVT transaxle  Five-speed manual gearbox 
Driven wheels  Front  Rear 
Power  178bhp (system output)  180bhp 
Tyres  225/40 R18 Falken Ziex road tyres 200/580 R15 Dunlop Sport race tyres
Kerb weight  1510kg  800kg 
Power to weight  117.9bhp per tonne  225bhp per tonne
Lap time  1:36.00  1:35.10 

Which is faster? It’s a win for the 1987 Toyota Corolla GT Coupe race car

Race 3: 2021 Corolla GR Sport v 2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Corolla

Let’s be honest, the outcome of this race was a given; there was no way that a standard GR Sport could beat its motorsport equivalent around a circuit. To redress the balance, however, we’d have to admit that a Toyota Gazoo Racing UK BTCC car would not be an enjoyable companion on the daily commute. But beyond the obvious result, further data comparison reveals a genuine surprise.

Whereas the retro GT Coupe race car used its 190% greater power to weight ratio to deliver a 0.9 second faster lap time compared to the standard Corolla GR Sport, the modern BTCC Corolla uses its 230% power to weight advantage to deliver an astounding 18.8 second time difference around a single lap of the Anglesey Circuit. In fact, if we had asked the two racers to carry on driving, the modern BTCC car would have lapped the classic BTCC car early on the sixth round.

  2021 Toyota Corolla GR Sport  2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Corolla 
Engine  2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid  TOCA-BTCC 2.0-litre turbo petrol 
Transmission  CVT transaxle  Six-speed sequential gearbox 
Driven wheels  Front  Front 
Power  178bhp (system output)  350+bhp 
Tyres  225/40 R18 Falken Ziex road tyres 265/660 R18 Goodyear Eagle race tyres
Kerb weight  1500kg  1280kg 
Power to weight  117.9bhp per tonne  Approx 275bhp per tonne 
Lap time  1:36.00  1:17.20 

Which is faster? It’s a win for the 2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Corolla race car

Which is faster? Our review

It has been fascinating to see how efficiently a modern Corolla GR Sport road car translates its system output into movement, especially when the car’s latent athleticism is extracted by a professional driver. Even when pitched against an authentic replica of Toyota’s double championship-winning Corolla GT Coupe, a classic BTCC car with almost double the power and half the weight, the new Corolla equipped itself with surprising confidence.

Every one of the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK drivers came away from the Corolla GR Sport with praise for its balance of performance, handling, comfort and safety. The fact that in less frenzied circumstances it can also achieve well over 50mpg appears to defy logic.

But it is when that same state-of-the-art engineering is multiplied through motorsport tuning that the track result became truly spectacular. So this isn’t so much an overall win for the 2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Corolla, more confirmation of the inherent quality of the production car it is based on. Not only does the road-going GR Sport set a competitive standard against notable company but when its fundamental engineering is fully exploited in motorsport the end result is the sort of exponential increase that would have been impossible 35 years ago.

Learn more: History of the Toyota Corolla

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Mountain bike bravery with a Proace

Perched on a blustery granite outcrop, Derek Evans sits astride his mountain bike and surveys the scenery. A few miles to the north he can see the Bristol Channel shining dark blue. Further to the south, he can just make out the English Channel through the midday haze. Fifty yards behind him a Victorian folly,…

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Perched on a blustery granite outcrop, Derek Evans sits astride his mountain bike and surveys the scenery. A few miles to the north he can see the Bristol Channel shining dark blue. Further to the south, he can just make out the English Channel through the midday haze. Fifty yards behind him a Victorian folly, hewn from the same stone, juts out abruptly from the scenery. And just below him, an unmade track winds its way through clumps of yellow gorse and past a white van.

There are many routes down from this 738ft high summit on Carn Brea near Redruth in Cornwall. Derek is spoiled for choice. But one thing is for sure – his descent will be fast. “I’ve ridden bikes off-road for as long as I can remember – since I had stabilisers!” laughs Derek as he dances his mountain bike onto its front wheel. 

He’s riding a very smart full-suspension, mountain bike which he built himself around a custom-made black carbon fibre frame. “I ride all over the country – often in the Surrey Hills and the Brecon Beacons in Wales. I’ve also cycled in Les Gets and Morzine in the French Alps” explains the 41-year-old vehicle technician.

His bike’s chain and gears clatter and click as he points his bike down the yellow stony track towards the van. The smart white Proace Compact is his. Perhaps he’s going this way so he can look at his van on the way down. “I love vans,” he said. “I always have done. I’ve always had a van. But I’ve been without for two years. 

“I bought this one from Parklands Toyota at Carland Cross in February after my girlfriend spotted it. Other manufacturers have a string of issues and are very expensive. This is the small Compact version. It suits me well with all the little country lanes around here.

“My dad was a car-nut and got me into Toyotas. I’ve always liked their technology. He imported a Mk 4 Supra from Japan about 20-years-ago. He drove it to Spain and all around Europe and I used it to go out on dates.

“I really like the look of the Proace. I’m going to make a few cosmetic modifications, and turn it into a proper day van so I and my girlfriend can both take our bikes out, have adventures and picnic in it. I’ve already fitted insulation so I can carpet it floor-to-ceiling. I’ll probably put 20-inch alloys on it and maybe a spoiler and splitter, but I don’t want it to be too showy.”

Derek’s Proace is an L1 manual in Comfort spec with leather seats. He paid £12,500+VAT for his immaculate three-year-old van with 80,000 miles.

As he loads his bike back into the van after an afternoon on his mountain bike, he looks fondly at his van and says: “I don’t see me ever getting rid of it”

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World Premiere of the New Lexus “UX” | Lexus | Global Newsroom

Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch. Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while…

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Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch.

Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while the flared fenders evoke agile driving in order to create a bold and refined exterior. The interior cockpit combines a sense of driving excitement with a visually expansive space. In addition, we have pursued excellent steering response, handling stability, and refined ride quality.

Since its launch in 2018, a cumulative total of approximately 240,000 units have been sold in more than 80 countries and regions as of the end of March 2022. The expanding lineup of electrified vehicles of Hybrid (HEV) and battery EV (BEV), achieved the percentage of electrified vehicles of approximately 80% of sales globally, making it the leading model in the Lexus electrified lineup. Going forward, we will continue to contribute to the practical spread of electrified vehicles toward the realization of a carbon-neutral society, while tailoring to the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers.

Based on the “Always On” philosophy of continuous improvement through agile development, the new UX200/250h has further refined and exhilarating driving performance, enhanced its advanced safety systems by expanding the preventive safety technology functions and added the latest multimedia system.

To enhance the driving experience, structural rigidity was improved by adding 20 spot welding points on the body and the EPS and shock absorbers tuning was performed accordingly. It achieved refined and exhilarating performance and to further improve the refined, direct feeling and response through extensive testing at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama.

For advanced safety system enhancements, we aimed to make driving safer and more reassuring by enhancing the functionality of the “Lexus Safety System +” preventive safety technology. The UX also features a new state-of-the-art multimedia system with a larger/higher-resolution touch screen display. Usability has been improved by optimizing the shapes and switch layout of the instrument panel and console area. Two USB charging connectors (Type-C) have also been added in the front of the console.

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LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 Grand Prix Winner Announced | Lexus | Global Newsroom

TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions. The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission…

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TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions.

The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission of supporting and nurturing creators early in their careers to help shape a better future and enhance the happiness for all through design, while articulating the Lexus brand’s three core principles: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate. The Grand Prix winner “Rewind” contributes to a better tomorrow by using technology to help people stimulate their memories when their recall ability is challenged, for example by dementia.

The six finalists selected this January spent three months developing their original proposals and creating prototypes under the enthusiastic and highly skilled guidance of Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Yosuke Hayano and Sabine Marcelis. Mentoring by the world’s leading creators was a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for these young talents. This process facilitated the impressive evolution of the finalists’ projects, not to mention that of the Grand Prix work, “Rewind.”

Poh Yun Ru commented: “I feel immensely grateful that Rewind is now a step closer to improving the lives of more people. This couldn’t have happened without the unwavering support of my mentors, my team of dedicated engineers, programmers, healthcare experts, and users. This opportunity from LEXUS DESIGN AWARD to turn a project into a real-world product felt nothing short of amazing, and I feel heartened to have met and learned from so many passionate designers from around the world. It has been such a rewarding and inspiring journey, and I am excited to continue designing for a better world and a better tomorrow for all.”

In a new benefit for 2022, the finalists met one-on-one with the design world’s elite panel of judges: Paola Antonelli, Anupama Kundoo, Bruce Mau and Simon Humphries following the 10th LEXUS DESIGN AWARD event. After the judging session, the finalists received not only direct feedback on their work, but also career advice and tips for improvement. This beta-feature of the 10th anniversary LEXUS DESIGN AWARD turned out to be an extraordinarily valuable experience.

After the judging session, all four judges provided comments.

Paola Antonelli told of the overall importance of design in today’s world: “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists offer a wide range of products in different fields of design, employing different types of technology, but they all have one thing in common: care. Care for the environment, care for the elderly and differently able, care for the needs of families and communities, and more. They demonstrate that at a time of emergency in the world, design can offer suggestions that are poetic and beautiful, and also feasible and scalable. In the hands of great designers, doing the right thing―by society, the environment, the world―also becomes inspiring and elating.”

Anupama Kundoo and Bruce Mau commented on the Award’s feature of mentorship: “I particularly enjoyed the unique feature of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, namely, that the talented visionary designers are first identified, and then supported personally in their further development through dedicated mentorship.” Kundoo said, while Mau commented, “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD’s process, where the finalists are connected to design mentors, is absolutely brilliant. And the impact was plainly evident in the final submissions.”

Simon Humphries praised all finalists for their creativity and imagination in addressing the judging criteria: “The power of creativity and its ability to enrich people’s lives never ceases to amaze me and this year’s entries only reinforced this further. Congratulations to all the finalists who showed such imaginative insights into challenging problems that many just take for granted.”

The six LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists’ projects will be shown at Lexus exhibit during Milan Design Week 2022, the world’s largest design event, to be held in June.

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