Friday, June 06, 2008

Toyota TRD Aurion Drag Car

2008 Toyota TRD Aurion Pro-FX
Toyota Press Release

Toyota TRD Aurion Pro-FX Drag Car 2008Toyota unveiled the TRD Aurion Pro-Factory Xtreme (Pro-FX) drag car at Willowbank Raceway in Queensland today ahead of its debut outing at the biggest event in Australian drag racing, the 2008 Winter nationals.

Run by former Australian champion Tony Wedlock and his Ultimate Motorsport team, the TRD Aurion Pro-FX has a top speed of more than 350km/h.

Powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder Toyota engine, the TRD Aurion Pro-FX produces 1300 kW and launches from 0-100 km/h in less than one second.

Wedlock will debut the car at this weekend's Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) Winternationals - the headline event of the 2008 Australian season.

Toyota Australia motorsport manager Todd Connolly said the TRD Aurion Pro-FX perfectly complemented Toyota Australia's new range of performance-bred TRD-branded road cars.

Toyota TRD Aurion Pro-FX Drag Car 2008"Toyota is synonymous with quality, durability and reliability, while TRD has added style, passion and performance to our line-up," Connolly said.

"Today's unveiling of the Ultimate Motorsport TRD Aurion Pro-FX takes us to a whole new level - this car has performance and excitement by the bucket-load.

"We are excited to have Tony Wedlock and the Ultimate Motorsport TRD Aurion Pro-FX spearheading our new drag racing program."

Wedlock, a former Australian Pro Stock Champion, said the car has been designed and built specifically to run in the new Pro-Factory Xtreme (Pro-FX) category, a class aimed at high-performance six-cylinder vehicles.

The experienced national champion said he was looking forward to debuting the TRD Aurion Pro-FX at Australian drag racing's biggest event.

Toyota TRD Aurion Pro-FX Drag Car 2008"We are eager to show that as well as good looks, our Ultimate Motorsports TRD Aurion Pro-FX has performance to match," Wedlock said.

"We are looking to push the performance envelope this weekend."

To celebrate the launch of the TRD Aurion Pro-FX, Willowbank is holding the Toyota Drag Racing Legends Race for Charity that will see four legends of the sport face-off in TRD Aurion road cars.

Run over two heats and a final, the event will showcase the credentials of the TRD Aurion over the quarter-mile, while also raising money for the winner's chosen charity.

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