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Toyota to Unveil Two Show Stoppers at Brisbane Motor Show

20 January, 2003

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Toyota will showcase two ground-breaking feature cars at this year?s Brisbane International Motor Show.

The show, which is scheduled for 7-16 February at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, will feature the Panasonic Toyota Racing Formula One car and the striking Toyota MR2 Street Affair.

The two show stoppers will be joined by Toyota?s updated Celica and MR2 Spyder, its new V8 LandCruiser and V6 HiLux and the Camry and Corolla that underpinned Toyota?s recent sales success in Queensland.

Toyota regained its position as Queensland's most popular brand of motor vehicle in 2002. It also topped Queensland commercial vehicle sales for the twenty-fourth year in a row.

Figures released by industry statistician VFACTS show that Toyota achieved a sales record of 32,631 motor vehicle registrations in Queensland in calendar year 2002 - ahead of Holden with 31,676.

"It?s quite a coup to have both the Toyota Formula One car and the MR2 Street Affair at this year?s Brisbane show," said Toyota?s senior manager - northern region, David Stone.

"Toyota won wide respect for its first year in Formula One last year, and the MR2 Street Affair is based on aspects of what the factory learned in the design phase of the grand prix car."

Panasonic Toyota Racing is one of only two factories involved in F1 racing to produce its own chassis and engine under one roof.

Toyota?s 2002 chassis, designated the TF102, is powered a 90 degree 2998cc V10 engine capable of over 340km/h. The carbon-fibre chassis, which features a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, weighs just 600 kilograms - with the driver aboard!

The stunning turbocharged Street Affair MR2 developed by Toyota Motorsport in Germany is designed by the same team engineering Toyota?s historic assault on the Formula One world championship.

The mid-engined MR2?s striking bodywork is constructed from fibreglass and includes carbon-fibre panels with multiple air scoops.

Two carbon-fibre collectors combine with ducts lower down within the bodywork at the rear of the car to provide a stream of cooling air to the engine bay.

Eye catching head and taillight modules house a series of high-tech Xenon projectors and high intensity diodes.

The driver?s rear-view vision is provided by a tiny camera mounted in the taillight cluster that is linked to a screen display mounted in the dash.

A separate design team worked on the MR2?s 16-valve, 1.8-litre engine.

In addition to the turbocharger, the Toyota Motorsport engineers fitted an upgraded Remus exhaust system featuring specially developed stainless steel extractors and two large polished tail pipes.

The Street Affair MR2 produces 193kW of power compared to the standard engine?s 100kW, covers 0-100km/h in six seconds and is capable of approximately 250km/h.

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