The company behind the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned – a race-spec version of the crossover – could try for a new front wheel-drive lap record at the Nurburgring. The bespoke C-HR made its debut at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and is apparently quite quick around Willow Springs International Raceway (video proof below).
In a report by Autocar UK, Dan Gardner of Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec) said, “the car was built for SEMA and Toyota has no plans for it from now on. But it’s the real deal. Personally, it would be a dream to take it to the Nordschleife. I have no doubt it could set the front-wheel-drive record there.”
“The Toyota NGA platform the C-HR is built on is really stiff, so we worked on developing the handling characteristics,” he said. “We wanted to make a supercar killer – the whole point is that it doesn’t make sens,” he added.
Currently, the title of “FWD King of the ‘Ring” is being held by the Honda Civic Type R with a time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. Unlike the C-HR R-Tuned, the Honda hatchback is actually available for purchase, and can be used on public roads.
Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see a 600 hp crossover charging down the one of the world’s most famous tracks. As a refresher, the C-HR R-Tuned packs a turbocharged 2AZ-FE 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine, paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It’ll do the 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) sprint in just 2.9 seconds, and has plenty of other kit to make sure it corners well.
Highlights include Brembo brakes, 275/35 Toyo Proxes tyres and adjustable DG-Spec Motion Control Suspension (MCS) dampers, and functional aerodynamics that produce 136 kg of downforce at speed.
GALLERY: Toyota C-HR R-Tuned