SARD MC8: The MR2 Race Car with a Twin-Turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

SARD (Sigma Advanced Research Development) is a company and race team in Toyota, Aichi, Japan specializing in Toyota parts and vehicles. Back in the ’90s they built several race car based on a Toyota MR2 SW20 called the MC8-R for Le Mans and Super GT. It competed from 1995-1997 but did not have a very successful career. To comply with homologation rules at the time, SARD built one road version of the race car in 1994 called the SARD MC8. The road version features lengthened chassis supporting a twin-turbo 4.0 L 1UZ-FE V8 estimated to make 600 horsepower (447 kW). The drivetrain uses a Porsche six-speed manual transmission with a Tilton clutch and the body is a mix of steel and custom dry carbon fiber panels. It stops thanks to Supra A80 disc brakes behind SARD 18-inch wheels.

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

1994 SARD MC8 with a twin-turbo 1UZ V8

Source: Wayback Machine (2015 sale listing) via Innovative, Banned, and Unique Racing Cars FB group

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