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Supercharged Can Am Yaris at SEMA

2008-11-06 08:09
It might look like a Speed Racer movie set escapee

It might look like a Speed Racer movie set escapee, but the Yaris Club by Five Axis on display at SEMA is the cutest Can Am replica we’ve seen a long time.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Toyota
Model Yaris Club
Engine 1.5l, supercharged in-line four
Power 122kW
West coast tuners have reacted to global downscaling by doing more with less at SEMA this year.

Huntington beach based Five Axis – know for its drift car styling kits and bespoke aftermarket wheel options – have done the unthinkable, injecting some Toyota heritage racing appeal into the Yaris range.

Capturing the Can Am feel

Attempting to recapture the racing heritage of Toyota’s valiant Can Am Group 7 attempt during the 1960s, the Five Axis Yaris Club has no roof.

Don’t think it’s a convertible either. As befits a true Can Am racing replica, it features a lowered windshield and though the fabricated tonneau cover can be put in place when parked, this little Yaris is all about open topped motoring all the time – whether you like it or not.

Another feature which ensures the Club’s Can Am authenticity is the off-set single seat configuration, with the fairing doubling as a headrest.

Supercharged, dropped and ready

Engine performance goodies from TRD ensure enough power is on tap to back-up the striking styling package. A supercharger slots on and new headers and a free flow exhaust boosts power to 122kW from the 1.5l four-cylinder engine.

Can Am racers always had minimal body ground clearance and to replicate this look the Five Axis team dropped the Club's suspension by a substantial 50mm. The lowering kit is backed by coil-over suspension both front and rear and Tein Super Street dampers.

Tyres are by Yokohama and measure 225/45, rolling on 17-inch mags and are R-rated.

Despite the Yaris Club being a small car, Five Axis has given it prodigious stopping capability with the presence of Greddy six-piston brakes sized 282mm all around.

Interior appointments centre primarily around TRD sourced accessories, including the obligatory racing instrument stack and engine start button. A customised Five Axis roll-cage is also on-board.

The concept behind the Yaris Club, creating something extraordinary with a remnant of heritage from a decidedly average production model, bodes well for SEMA’s future at a time when the global aftermarket auto trade is struggling.

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