The Toyota 7 '70 is a race car made by Toyota. It made its first appearance in Gran Turismo 4. It made its debut race in 1968 in the Japanese Grand Prix. It was later going to be entered for the Canadian and American Challenge Cup (Can-Am), but when their two test drivers were killed in separate accidents, Toyota pulled out at the last moment.
Description[edit | edit source]
"A legendary, but ill-fated racing car that never made it to competition."
The Toyota 7 is one of those race cars that will go down in history with a certain mystique. Although it was one of the most potent race cars of its day, the 7 never won a single race.
The car made its debut in 1968 when Japanese makers were entering their own sports cars in the Japanese Grand Prix. Toyota developed a 2-seater convertible to run the 1968 Japanese Grand Prix, equipped with a 3.0-liter V8. However, the 7 was beaten by rival Nissan's 5.0-liter equipped R381. So Toyota developed an all-new 5.0-liter V8 and stuffed it into a slightly redesigned Toyota 7 for the 1969 race. But Nissan countered it with a 6.0-liter engine in the R392, and Toyota was defeated yet again.
It was time for something drastic, and Toyota added an advanced turbocharger to the V8 formula. The result was a whopping 789 BHP. The Toyota 7's curb weight was lightened, making it one of the fastest race cars in the world. Toyota planned to race the new 7 not only in the 1970 Japan GP, but also in the Can-Am series, a North American 2-seat sports car race that was gaining global popularity.
However, those plans were scrapped when the car was involved in a fatal accident during testing at the Suzuka Circuit. Toyota backed out of the Japan GP and the Can-Am series, thus ending development of the new Toyota 7.
Acquisition[edit | edit source]
GT4[edit | edit source]
The car can be obtained by successfully completing the first set of 1-Lap Magic Missions (25-29).
GT PSP[edit | edit source]
This car can be purchased for 1,500,000 Credits.
GT5[edit | edit source]
This car is a Standard Car, and can occasionally be bought at the Used Car Dealership for about 4,000,000 Credits. Alternatively, it can be acquired by successfully completing the Like The Wind event in B-Spec. It is a Level 23 car.
GT6[edit | edit source]
This car can be bought from the Toyota dealership for 1,920,000 Credits.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In Gran Turismo 4, it is possible to use to equip dirt or snow tires on the car, even without using an Arcade Mode switch glitch, however the car's tires will appear glitched when the tires are equipped.
- In Gran Turismo 6, this car is marked as having a Detailed interior, however it does not have a gallery view or a functional interior other than the driver's hands on the steering wheel.
- In the same game, the car also appears as possible opponents for 24 Minutes of Spa and 24 Minutes of Le Mans, despite lacking headlights and the fact the car was never intended for 24-hour endurance races.