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Toyota 222D

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2011/01/14 21:03:37 (permalink)
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Toyota 222D

I first got intrigued by this car when it was in one of the rev speed mr2 mags, and only remembered about it when someone posted up a youtube clip of it. Here's the info i could find collected from various sources:

The story:

When Toyota realised that the Celica Twincam Turbo wasn't very competitive outside of Africa, Toyota Team Europe (TTE) started work on a new contender - a 600 horsepower Mk 1 MR2. The rally car was codenamed "222D" and was being developed for Group S and possibly Group B. A ground up tube chassis car was constructed. There were three produced, one with the engine mounted transversely with RWD, and two with the engine mounted longitudinally. One of these was RWD while the other was AWD using a custom gearbox manufactured by Xtrac. With 600+hp and AWD, the car resembled the MR2 in appearance only.

These were not true Group S cars however, as the Group S rules limited engine capacity to 1.2L. Instead they were hybrid Group B / Group S cars. One was designed for tarmac rallies, while the other was suited to gravel rallies. All three motors were turbocharged, and had a displacement of 2.0 L. While not known for sure, the engine could have been the either 4T-GTE as used in the celica rally car preceding it, or it possibly could have been the famous 503E used in the GTP cars.

It is rumored that one of these was given to a VIP to drive around during a recent WRC event in Germany. There are recent photos of both a black and a white MR2 assumed to both still be alive. I have read on other sites that 2 of the 3 were destroyed during testing. Who knows what's still out there?

The pics:

















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    B24
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/15 11:22:12 (permalink)
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    What can I say..
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    evo65m
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/15 11:51:30 (permalink)
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    The white one was at Goodwood last year and also did a run. It will be on Youtube

    Cheers
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/15 12:04:59 (permalink)
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    One of the ugliest but most desirable (to me anyway) MR2s out there.
    Such a shame there was never a homologation run of these, it would surely be the ultimate Adub to own.
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 09:18:50 (permalink)
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    white one at the toyota museum too. Thought the black one was at goodwood a few years back too?
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 09:36:52 (permalink)
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    Are those all relays in the center dash area??

    Sweet car, I'd do my groceries in it!
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 10:57:25 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Bionikal

    Are those all relays in the center dash area??

    Sweet car, I'd do my groceries in it!



    Relays and circuit breakers.

    And, I tried but I can't resist it . . .

    I'd do my wife in it!!
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 11:52:16 (permalink)
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    You married a Chinese Olympic gymnast?!
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 13:39:44 (permalink)
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    Thats alot of relays for a track car!

    I'd do a smurf in it.
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 15:25:04 (permalink)
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    Oh website terrorist, that's not just a track car - that's a proper rallycar!
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 20:51:03 (permalink)
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    Dennis ur a funny fella.
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 21:28:17 (permalink)
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    Back on topic (for a moment) - this has GOT to be the horniest AW ever produced. Being of an older generation I was lucky enough to officiate on Rallys in NZ in the age of the Group B masterpieces.

    Words cannot describe the music of an Audi Quattro taking off, or the symphony that was the Lancia 037.

    Those were definitely the days . . .
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/19 21:44:27 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by dennis the menace

    Oh website terrorist, that's not just a track car - that's a proper rallycar!


    Us terrorists cant tell the difference.
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/02 12:32:58 (permalink)
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    The white one was featured in a 90's WRC Japanese edition, which I picked up off of YJ recently. They had a nice 6-8 page spread on it, but too bad it's all in Japanese.
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    RE: Toyota 222D 2011/01/02 12:42:42 (permalink)
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    scan it for me!!!!
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