Video – Toyota C-HR R-Tuned vs. Nissan GT-R at Willow Springs

Every once in awhile you get surprised by something in this business.  Like legitimately surprised.  That was the case when Toyota asked me if I would hop on a flight to Los Angeles, pick up a loaner car and drive a few hours out into the desert.  I had a sense of what I was going to see, apparently some lunatic named Dan Gardner, through his tuning company DG-Spec, built a 600 horsepower Toyota C-HR.  Called the R-Tuned, it’s properly mad.  And Toyota said I could come out and check it out.  On a race track!  You can read through the extensive build sheet down below, but the key facts are as follows.

Gardner took a run-of-the-mill 2.4-liter Toyota 2AZ-FE and went to work adding forged internals, reinforced valve-train, and a custom DG-Spec Garrett turbo system that pushes power output over 600 horsepower at around 23 psi of boost. This is linked to an off-the-shelf five-speed Toyota E-Series manual transmission replacing the stock CVT.  Oh, did I mention it’s still front wheel drive and also set a blistering 1:25.22 second lap time around the big track at Willow Springs?  Take a look at the lap times via fastestlaps.com to see where it ranks.  It’s fast.  Faster than supercars fast.

OK, enough chit-chat, check out the video to get the full R-Tuned experience on a lap of Willow Springs International Raceway and then take a look at the mega-gallery and build sheet below.  All photos by William Byrd of RFD and Toyota/DG-Spec.

Special thanks to James McKeone for the footage of the pass from inside the Nissan. Check out his site at www.nobraking.com!  

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Toyota C-HR R-Tuned

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Build Sheet

Here is the full build sheet in case you want to geek out!

BUILD GROUP

  • Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec)

GENERAL

  • Estimated Power /Torque: 600 hp / 550 ft.-lbs. › Curb Weight: 2,960 lbs.

ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN

  • DG-Spec/Hasport custom engine swap to 2.4L 2AZ-FE
  • DG-Spec/Hasport custom transmission swap to Toyota E-Series 5-speed manual
  • DG-Spec/Hasport custom motor mount kit
  • DG-Spec/Garrett Custom Turbo System: GTX3076R Gen II turbo with 1.06 A/R turbine housing
  • DG-Spec custom intercooler with Garrett core
  • Dezod Motorsports-supplied forged connecting rods, 9.0:1 forged pistons, stainless steel intake valves, Inconel exhaust valves, racing valve springs, titanium retainers, and race bearings
  • DG-Spec/Dezod Motorsports custom wiring harness
  • AEM Series 2 Engine Management System
  • AEM sensors and adjustable fuel pressure regulator
  • Church Automotive Testing dyno tuning
  • DG-Spec Custom Downpipe
  • DG-Spec/Burns Stainless R-Tuned
  • Performance 3” Cat-Back Exhaust
  • External water-cooled wastegate
  • DG-Spec Custom 4” Cold Air Intake
  • OS Giken Super Lock LSD
  • Centerforce custom clutch and flywheel
  • Stock transmission internals with cryo, super polishing treatments and WPC Metal Surface Treatment
  • Hose Techniques custom radiator hoses and couplers
  • Twin oil coolers with custom Motorsports Technical Center ducting
  • Transmission cooler with fan
  • Custom racing radiator
  • High-capacity motorsports fuel pump with high
  • G-Load capable pickup

SUSPENSION

  • Front: DG-Spec/Motion Control Suspension triple-adjustable remote reservoir racing coilovers
  • Rear: DG-Spec/Motion Control Suspension triple-adjustable remote reservoir racing aluminum body shocks
  • Motion Control Suspension shock canister quick disconnects
  • DG-Spec custom rear ride-height adjust system
  • DG-Spec/Progress Technology adjustable rear camber arms
  • DG-Spec/Progress Technology 3-way adjustable rear sway bar
  • Vogtland racing springs
  • DG-Spec custom front alignment and corner balancing

BODY AND INTERIOR

  • DG-Spec custom adjustable rear wing with gurney flap
  • DG-Spec custom adjustable front splitter
  • DG-Spec custom air dam and side dams
  • Kaminari custom vented carbon fiber hood
  • DG-Spec/Backstreet Graphics custom livery
  • Cabe Toyota and Motorsports Technical Center finishing work
  • Motorsports Technical Center custom hatch bracing

WHEELS AND TIRES

  • 18×9 wheels front and rear
  • Toyo Proxes RR 275/35R18 DOT radial tires BRAKES
  • Front: Brembo 4-piston billet aluminum monobloc racing calipers with 355mm rotors with full-floating aluminum hats
  • Front: G-LOC R12 racing pads (>1,850 deg F) › Rear: G-LOC R10 racing pads (>1,475 deg F)
  • Stainless steel brake lines

SAFETY

  • DG-Spec/Motorsports Technical Center custom 8-point roll cage
  • G-Force Pro Series 6-point harnesses

GAUGES AND ACCESSORIES

  • Racepak IQ3 logger-dash and VNET sensors