Can TMG become to Toyota what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz?
the TS-650 is proof-of-concept to see if TMG could tune a road car. What they have created is something very exciting indeed.
The heart and should of Toyota motorsports has been in Germany since the early 70′s in the form of TMG and it has provided the Japanese manufacturer with a foothold in everything from WRC to Formula 1. After Toyota’s departure form Formula 1 however the future of TMG has been uncertain. Without a regular sport season to provide for what should the future be?
One option would be for TMG to become to Toyota what AMG is to Merced-Benz. Take a stock car, and turn it into a much more exciting, faster and more dynamic version. The M Sport of Toyota if you will.
To begin to see i this is a viable direction TMG have knocked together an example of what a TMG tuned car could be. They call it the TMG TS-650. That 650 refers to the output of the engine, 650ps (641bhp) which is a 68% boost over the power of the Lexus LS 460 which this is a suped up version of.
The impressive stats don’t end there, torque goes up 54% to 772Nm the top speed is now touching on 200mph and over a second has been shaved off the 0-60mph time.
I took the TS-650 out on the track to see what it could do and all that kept going through my head was that it did not feel like a Lexus. If you were to drive it blindfolded, a practice we at XCAR most certainly do not suggest you do, you could be forgiven for never guessing you behind the wheel of a two tonne executive saloon. The breaks come straight out of the LFA and the only way of stopper quicker would be to put it into a wall. On the start finish straight I came to a complete halt from 110mph (indicated) and developed a new depth of appreciation for safety belts. The handling was impressive for a car of its size and it left me with a genuinely altered image of Lexus.
Since the LFA blew the minds of car fans across the world the question of whether or not this was a one off or whether we would forever have to reconsider our opinions of Lexus has lingered. Add to that Toyota’s return to the sports car market with the GT86 and you find fertile ground for TMG to establish a foothold as a tuner of road cars. If the TS-650 is anything to go by it could mean a new, exciting chapter Toyota.Share on Facebook