Toyota hatched its Scion brand in an effort to think outside the box (unless you count the xB), but we're not certain this wild tC racer is what it originally had in mind. The folks at World Racing Speed recently finished building a 1400-horsepower, all-wheel-drive tC designed to slay the competition in Redline Time Attack events.
A few years ago, driver Chris Rado came up with the idea to build a car that could dominate in the Time Attack series. After 19 months of hard work, you have this: one monstrous car that resembles a stock tC in name and appearance only. The coupe has been completely stripped, and virtually every panel -- even those that appear stock -- have been replaced with carbon fiber duplicates. Fenders have been dramatically widened to accommodate wide racing slick tires, while gigantic front and rear spoilers -- resembling those we've seen on some powerful Pikes Peak hillclimb cars -- reportedly help keep the car surefooted.
That's a good thing, considering what Rado and his crew stuffed into the engine compartment. You won't find a stock 161-horsepower, 2.4-liter I-4 in this beast. Instead, the 2AZ-FE block was completely rebuilt by Rado's Descendent Racing sponsors from the ground up, and treated to a gigantic turbocharger sourced from Turbonetics. The result is a four-cylinder that throws down over 1400 horsepower and 1000 pound-feet of torque, and delivers that insane power to all four wheels via a custom all-wheel-drive system.
We're betting that's a hot engine in more ways than one. We can't help but note the exhaust exiting the hood just above the turbocharger, along with the gold-lined firewall designed to help reflect heat away from the cabin.
Rado's so-called Need For Speed tC may look pretty ridiculous, but in racing, form often follows function. We're waiting to see how this purpose-built beast manages to score in the Time Attack season.