Over-engi­neer­ing

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T he ’90s saw Toy­ota pro­duce some of its finest en­gine work — it spawned the 1JZ and 2JZ, Beams 3S-GE, 20-valve 4A-GE sil­ver- and black-top … the list can go on for­ever. The R36V was based on a pre­vi­ously built 3.2-litre ver­sion (R32V) that was in­tro­duced by Toy­ota in 1990 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, World Sports Pro­to­type Car Cham­pi­onship (WSPC), and the All Ja­pan Sports Pro­to­type Cham­pi­onship ( JSPC). While Toy­ota had pre­vi­ously cam­paigned a 3S-GE, re­stric­tions on race fu­els meant it wanted to look towards larger-dis­place­ment hearts.

If the R36V has yet to hit your radar, head to the­mo­tor­hood.com and search ‘R36V’ to dis­cover more.

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