TS-01 Concept: Toyota Flexes Muscles
By The News Editor - 10/03/2005
Toyota TS-01 Concept
Toyota's Special Vehicle Operation
(SVO) is expected to open shop in 2007
As one of the few brand-new concept cars to debut for the
first time at the 2005 Melbourne Motor Show, Toyota's TS-01
will have ardent fans of the Japanese car maker licking their
While the Camry-based concept is great to look at and would
provide potential drivers with a supercharged engine, it's
the implications of this model that matter most.
With Holden and Ford both making great use out of performance
car tuning houses (HSV and FPV), Toyota's planned SVO, or
Sports Vehicle Operation, will go a long way to ridding the
company of its current image, which can be argued is rather
But as the new Camry TS-01 concept shows, Toyota's can offer
Australian drivers more attitude, and the SVO unit is expected
to to be up and running in about three years, and will work
on upgrading four models: Camry, Avalon, Corolla and HiLux.
The Camry TS-01 concept which coincidentally uses
the initials of Toyotas 2005 Formula One drivers Trulli
and Schumacher - will never go on sale, but will test enthusiast
reaction as it is currently on display at the Melbourne International
The aggressive looking 3.0-litre V6 Camry TS-01 develops
185kW 28 per cent more than the for-sale Sportivo version,
and 320Nm of torque an increase of 12 percent, resulting
in a 0-100km/h dash in around 7.0 seconds, which would put
both Holden's SV6 and Ford's XR6 on notice.
Toyota's new TS-01 uses locally developed body parts, and
has sourced mechanical components from Toyota throughout the
world. The Electronic Control Unit which is at the heart of
the engines management system was mapped by Toyota Australias
engineering team in Japan.
The vehicle has been styled externally and internally by
Toyota Style Australia, the in-house design team led by Paul
Beranger, who were last year responsible for devising the
Sportivo Coupe Concept, built after consultation with teenagers
about their ideal dream car.
TS-01 is a major step towards developing the capability of
Toyotas Australian engineers and stylists and also to
showcasing their skills to management locally and internationally.
Its goal was to develop a sports-enthusiast variant of Camry
that met all Toyotas development requirements and also
complied with Australian certification requirements.
It makes use of a Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) supercharger
developing 0.5bar of boost (7.25psi), but returning reliability
and quality equal to a Toyota production vehicle. The additional
power and torque is transmitted through a heavy duty sports
clutch adapted from Toyota Team Racings rally Corollas.
Gear ratios remain the same as used by the Camry V6 Sportivo
5-speed manual and engineers have made substantial changes
to suspension and steering geometry and the ride height of
the vehicle has been reduced to the permitted limit.
The TS-01 concept uses 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sports tyres
mounted on specially cast 14-spoke wheels which share the
same offset as the current Camry Sportivo. Wheel flares accentuate
the new larger wheel and tyre configuration, side skirts,
a new rear bumper and a longer rear spoiler with a Formula
1 inspired centre mounted stop lamp were part of the external
integration. Engineers set out to make the TS-01 responsive
and tactile, and fun to drive, and we may end up seeing a
force-fed Camry by 2007 when Toyota's SVO is up and running.