The Toyota C-HR commissioned by Toyota at the 2017 SEMA Show
The builder of a race-spec Toyota C-HR unveiled at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas – a car that Toyota had claimed to be the world’s quickest SUV – believes it could set a new front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The C-HR R-Tuned, built by Californian concept vehicle specialist Dan Gardner Spec, was commissioned by Toyota to showcase the sporting potential of the SUV. While it retains the front-wheel-drive layout of the road car, albeit with a new limited-slip differential, it features a 2.4-litre Toyota 2AZ-FE engine with a DG-Spec Garrett turbo, which combine to produce 591bhp. That power is controlled through a new Toyota E-Series five-speed manual 'box.
The C-HR R-Tuned also features custom Brembo brakes and an adjustable front splitter and rear wing, together producing around 300lbs of downforce.
Dan Gardner told Autocar that, although the brief from Toyota was to create a concept to display at SEMA, he wanted the machine to prove its performance credentials.
“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 sense.”
Gardner's firm started the build late last year and he estimated that it took a total of around 10,000 hours. Although there are no plans for the C-HR R-Tuned after SEMA, Gardner said he would love to take the car to the Nordschleife for a lap record bid there.
“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.”