The Toyota Racing Development Griffon is an astounding car. It's a Toyota GT-86 (sold here as the Scion FR-S) that has been carefully turned into a race ready track car. The Griffon has huge brakes, new wheels, ultra high performance tires, and tons of functional aero add ons, but that's not the most important part. The kicker is that TRD managed to cut a whopping 500 lbs from the already lightweight GT-86. AutoCar reports that the Griffon's engine makes the power of 300 horses, but other outlets are claiming that the power figure is just above 200.

Given that the car is only a second behind the Ferrari 458 Italia on the test track that is being used, we're going to assume that the power indeed has been upgraded. Right now TRD is weighing a business case for selling the Griffon at an "affordable" price, and possible creating a spec series for the car to race in. Stay tuned, since tomorrow it is going to participate in the hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed; we'll see if it can beat the Ferraris there.

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[via AutoCar