Toyota MR2 Britcar Racer

September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

These days there are rumor flying around that Toyota is working on a new generation MR2 sportscar.

Meanwhile, a Britsh team decided to bring back the old one to the news by using a supercharged Toyota MR2 Roadster. Not only are they hoping for top honours in their class, but also have their sights set on a top-20 overall finish in the 1/2 October Silverstone enduro. In Class 3 of the race, the Toyota is up against some race-proven performance models, including GT4 cars from Aston Martin, Ginetta and Lotus, as well as several BMW M3s and a GT3 Porsche.

Toyota MR2 Britcar Racer Toyota MR2

In its third Britcar 24-hour race, the MR2 will be driven by Patrick Mortell, Simon Aris, Alric Kitson and Lee McKe. The four drivers all started their competitive careers in the MR2 Championship; two of them are flying from their homes at opposite ends of the globe to compete – Aris from Texas and McKee from Kuala Lumpur.

“The MR2 is fitted with a 3.5-litre V6 engine, a unit which is more used to delivering sufficient power to pull along a Lexus, so it’s quite a proposition in an MR2 weighing around 1100 kg – particularly when we add a supercharger to boost power output to 350-400 bhp,” said team leader Mortell.