Toyota President Akio Toyoda knows how to arrive in style. For the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at Fuji Speedway, he once again jumped into the seemingly one-off Century GRMN prototype, driven around by Kamui Kobayashi. Having first confirmed the car last September, we can now consider this white sedan with the '18-67' plates his top dog company car.
Updated 01/22/2019: They Also Built a Black One
Toyota Gazoo Racing surprised the Tokyo Auto Show crowds with a black Century GRMN, which happens to have the same license plates as Akio Toyoda's personal ride, the first white prototype. "18-67" commemorates the year Toyota founder Sakichi Toyoda, Akio's great-grandfather was born.
Now, all we need is a third one. And a forth. And some more. Please, Toyoda San!
The standard Century features a hybrid V8 drivetrain with 376 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Nobody seems to know what's under the GRMN version's hood, but rumor has it that this prototype has all-wheel drive. The visible changes include a different grille and bumper, a discreet rear spoiler, bigger wheels and a lower ride hight.
Next to Toyoda's Century, the TGRM Festival also featured the upcoming Supra, the TS050 LMP1 car, the Yaris WRC, a Super GT Prius GT300, a GT86 from the Nürburgring 24 Hours, and Toyota's Super Formula car. Sounds like a party.