Is it possible to get excited about a Yaris? In short, no. But throw Five Axis into the game – one of the country's premier customizers – and you'll come away with a new found respect for the pensioner's penalty box. The crew at Five Axis decided to take Toyota's staid means of moribund transport and convert it into a track day tramp, which Toyota claims plays homage to its participation in the Group 7 Can-Am series of the '60s.
The Yaris Club loses its roof and any other means of civilian transport, only making due with a stripped out interior, a racing bucket, a few gauges and chopped windshield. Five Axis fabbed up the hard top tonneau conversion, added JDM front and rear Vitz bumpers, taillights, foglamps and then finished it all in Ivory White Paint.
Under the hood – where it counts – the stock 1.5-liter inline four takes deep breaths through a TRD/TTE Supercharger and cold air intake, bringing output up from 106 hp to 166 HP. A DC sports header takes care of spent exhaust gases and a Greddy TIC exhaust expels it out the back. 17-inch wheels are fitted fore and aft, wrapped in custom Five Axis Yokoyamas sized 255/45R17. The suspension has been retrofitted with Tein Super Street Dampers and a TRD strut brace, while slowing the flyweight are Greddy six-piston brakes sized 282mm all around.
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Five Axis Design Yaris Club
The Yaris Club project pays tribute to Toyota's racing heritage harkening back to the late '60s when Toyota challenged for the Group 7 category of Can-Am racing with the Toyota 7.
The Yaris Club is a stripped-down, no-nonsense car with no extras – only what is needed to perform. The roof has been removed and the windshield lowered. With the interior removed, a tonneau was fabricated, turning the Yaris into a single seater with a fairing that doubles as a driver headrest.
A supercharger, exhaust headers and a free-flowing exhaust were added for performance to back up the good looks. The suspension was lowered by two inches with front and rear coil-over shocks and larger brakes added.
The Yaris Club was developed by Five Axis in Huntington Beach, Calif.
FIVE AXIS DESIGN YARIS CLUB SPECIFICATIONS
• Five Axis Design Hard Top Tonneau Conversion
• Toyota JDM Front and Rear Vitz RS Bumpers
• Toyota JDM Vitz Rear taillight and Fog Light
• TRD JDM Vitz RS Front Bumper Cover
• Vintage Ivory White Paint with Asymmetrical Graphic Racing Stripe
• Graphic Outputs by Sticky Fingers Design
• TRD/TTE Supercharger with Cold Air Intake
Estimated (+60hp) 166hp Total
• DC Sports Tuned Header
• TRD Radiator and Oil Cap
• Hose Techniques Silicon Hoses and Clamps
• GReddy TIC Exhaust
• FIVE:AD S6:F Wheels
F: 17x7.5, +45
R: 17x7.5, +45
Satin Gunmetal Finish
• Yokohama / Five Axis Design Custom Tread
• Tein Super Street Damper
• TRD Strut Brace
• GReddy Mini 6 Piston Brakes
F: 282mm x 22mm
R: 282mm x 22mm
• Five Axis Design Custom Roll Cage
• Custom TRD JDM Gauge Pod
• TRD JDM Engine Starts Button
• Sparco 345 Steering Wheel
• Sparco Race Red Shift Knob
• Sparco Reflex Racing Pedals
• Upholstery by Salt Turin Upholstery
• Sparco Sprint 5 Racing Seat
• Sparco 6PT Racing Harness