Toyota is kicking their budding high-performance program into high gear with the announcement of a new performance tuning division, modeled on Mercedes-Benz’s own AMG performance division. The name: TMG. Way to be original, guys.
TMG, or Toyota Motorsports GmbH (yes, it’s even based in Germany), has been in relative limbo since Toyota dropped out of F1 three years ago (though they haven’t been just twiddling their thumbs—they built Toyota’s 2012 Le Mans car, the TS030). Now, however, TMG president Yoshiaki Kinoshita says his company is working on becoming the go-to in-house team to build hotter FR-Ses and spicier…uh, Venzas?
“How feasible [it will be] I don’t know,” Kinoshita told Car Advice about the company’s AMG-ification plans. “But we are in a very good position.”
So realistically, what sort of cars might wear TMG badges in the future? Well, the company says they’re working on all kinds of projects, including a Lexus LS 460 project with a 650 horsepower, twin turbo 4.6 liter V8. “Every single part is reworked,” TMG technical director Pascal Vasselon said of the souped-up LS 460. “We start from the body shell and then [it's] heavily transformed.” Why the LS? Because they wanted to test themselves, Vasselon said. “One of the interesting challenges was to make this big car reactive and fun to drive.”
The company has already whipped up a prototype of a supercharged Toyota/Scion iQ, so considering they’ve pretty much staked out positions on both ends of the Toyota spectrum, we’re guessing any and all models could be eligible for TMG-izing. We’ll take a turbocharged 2.5 liter FR-S, followed by that 650 hp LS 460, followed by…hey, let’s go crazy and do a twin turbo Land Cruiser. [via Car Advice]