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What is it?

Think of the Aygo Crazy as the love child of a Toyota MR2 and an ordinary Aygo. Don’t get too excited, it’s not going to make it into production. The Aygo Crazy is a one-off that combines an Aygo body with a mid-mounted turbocharged 1.8-litre engine, rear-wheel drive and a full roll cage. There’s no power steering, traction control, brake servo assistance or ABS.

The result is a 197bhp car that weighs a whisker over 1000kg. That translates into a sub-6.0sec sprint to 60mph and – although nobody has been brave enough to confirm it yet – an estimated 127mph top speed.

What’s it like?

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this Aygo was a homemade special, all bodykit and no trousers. Look a little closer, however, and you’ll spot the widened track – and the leather-trimmed engine cover where the rear seats ought to be.

Toyota have finished the car with a suede Sparco steering wheel, roll-cage and four-point harnesses. The seats and doors are covered in an expensive-feeling mixture of red suede and great leather, but the dashboard – and largely pointless stereo – are taken straight from the standard Aygo.

As soon as you start the engine and move off, you realise how focused this car is on serious driving – the unassisted steering, heavy clutch and racer-firm ride leave you in no doubt.

Through suburban sprawl, the Aygo Crazy is frustrating. The big chin spoiler constantly threatens to rip itself off on speed humps, and the woeful turning circle makes tight junctions a tricky (and potentially embarrassing exercise.

But these frustrations fade once you get a chance to open the throttle. Hard acceleration proves this mad, mid-engined Aygo is a seriously rapid machine, the engine hurling you along to the accompaniment of a wave of whooshes, whistles and chirrups.

Get to a corner and again you’re aware of the physical limitations of the Aygo’s odd layout, the high-set engine slung over the rear wheels giving the potential for very snappy oversteer. With a little practice the rear-heavy weight distribution can be used like in an old Porsche 911, quelling its tendency to understeer when you turn-in to a corner.

So should I buy one?

It’s a moot point, because you can’t. Toyota spent something close to £100,000 developing this one-off and there are no plans to produce another. A real shame – because we reckon this would be the tool for embarrassing exotica at track days.

Engine : 1.8lt 4cyl turbo
Power : 200bhp
Top Speed : 127mph
0-60mph : est - 6.0secs
Economy : est 34mpg

Source: Autocar.co.uk
Thanks for the tip Maik and Armin

9 Comments:

  1. zaaro said...
    How the hell do you get a 2ltr in there lol?

    Still, looks awesome, hope more info follows!
    Guido said...
    Probably a mid/rear engine or something.
    Anonymous said...
    i'll belive when i seen this
    Anonymous said...
    hope its not just a photoshop thing
    XENON said...
    its not Photoshop, that's for sure, but 200BHP and 0-100km/h in 7.5s is very very poor while carrying such a small weight as an AYGO. just look at a Golf GTI. same engine size, same power, and still 7.2s to 100km/h with a much heavyer car.
    Venom said...
    The aygo is light because of the engine. This is a 2L 4 cil. Another engine, weight goes up. Stupid if you ask me, the supercharger conversion with ~130 bhp does 0-60 in 8 sec.
    XENON said...
    not so stupid, beacause that supercharger conversion simply can't be reliable. a new engine involves new gearbox, new clutch and many more parts designed for that power. imagine 125BHP from that supercharger on the original clutch that's as large as a teacup :-))). i'm pretty sure it will brake down very soon.
    Venom said...
    Nope, the supercharger conversion is reliable because the power output is not violent as is the case with the turbo conversion. The supercharged aygos are running for about 1 year now, with standard gearbox and cluch with no problems what so ever.
    The only thing that's stoping me from converting is the price of it.
    PS: btw, crisskro here XENON :)
    Anonymous said...
    in the article it says it has a sub 6 second 0-60 time, which makes a lot more sense than the 7.5 seconds to 60 listed.

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