Motor Power Creator
Japanese Tuning Influence
American import enthusiasts have always had a fetish for all things JDM. Whether it's due to the scarce availability stateside, the arguably superior build quality, or overall performance output, Japanese tuning companies sometimes carry legendary status amongst the Honda community. Dedicated track cars, as well as show cars, often do their absolute best to emulate the look and feel of their Japanese counterparts. One company that never seems to receive enough praise for its high performance goods and services is TODA Racing. While the aesthetic hounds only seem to migrate toward Mugen and Spoon catalog cars as their blueprint during a build, TODA is a name synonymous with quality and proven performance. However, little is known about their aggressive journey toward the top of the tuning food chain.
Real world experience and the Toyota brand...
In 1970, Mr. Yukio Toda of Okayama Japan established a maintenance company that offered race engines and chassis services. An avid motorsports driver and mechanical engineer, Mr. Toda was well known for piloting a Honda S800 coupe outfitted with TODA original camshafts and 62mm TODA high compression pistons. Eventually, his race activities included the coveted Japanese FL and FJ1300 series, and in 1978, TODA Racing began their involvement in the Japanese Formula 3 series, working with the very popular Toyota 2TG engine used in the F3 cars. Eventually, TODA Racing introduced their F2 engine based on the BMW EM12 four-cylinder engine of that era. Impressed by the BMW's precision and design, Mr. Toda opted to utilize the same IBM CATIA CAD system used by BMW for all TODA Racing engine design. To give you an idea of Mr. Toda's forward thinking; when the Toyota Corolla AE86 was first introduced in Japan, Toda Racing began offering performance upgrades even before TRD's division stepped in.
Blazing new trails in the Honda world...
In 1988, as Honda performance was in its infancy on U.S. shores, TODA Racing began their extensive research and maintenance of the all new Mugen MF204 F3 engine. Producing 205 hp even with the required restrictors as supplied by Mugen was considered extremely impressive. However, after just one year of development with the MF204, TODA Racing presented a modified version that not only met strict race organization regulations, but produced an astounding 230hp! Dubbed the TODA MUGEN MF204, the lessons learned during its development led TODA Racing to begin maintenance of the Mugen MF308 8-cylinder engine, as well as their participation in the Japanese F3000 series.
The B series performance blossoms
During the Japanese Formula 4 race series of 1992, TODA took a closer look at the race engine used for competition, which happened to be based on Honda's highly praised B16A. In 1994, TODA Racing released the "TODA F4 Race Engine" which in fact formed the foundation for TODA's B16A and B18C performance offerings that still, to this day, have many U.S. enthusiasts begging for more. It's a little known fact that Toda Racing was the first manufacturer to produce billet DOHC VTEC camshafts for the B16A and B18C engines in 1994. The power potential of Toda's bump sticks didn't go without notice. Many companies hustled to copy the Toda profiles and to offer their own version of the cams in order to profit from Toda's research and development efforts, and establish a foothold in the booming B series market. Unmistakable quality and precision separated Toda's offerings from the others, though it didn't have to. You see Mr. Toda could have profited greatly by designing the parts in-house then sourcing their production elsewhere like other companies. However, his philosophy of intense quality control and his belief in the ability to offer the public professional race quality products prevented this option. Absolute precision and quality associated with the TODA Racing name far outweighed the potential avenues of profit.
Sharing the knowledge
While Toda Racing has made a name for itself as one of the premier tuners in the worldwide performance market, most don't know that TODA supplies many well-known aftermarket tuning companies with engine components that are relabeled and sold under various names. Relying heavily on the IBM CATIA CAD system, Toda Racing's highly advanced product design is the very same one used by Honda Motor Co. and Boeing Aircraft. The ability to perform various tests and analysis without having to actually build a physical prototype means a shorter period of time between creation and production. This also equates to the ability to perform changes and improvements faster and more precisely than other companies that often must compromise quality and product integrity in order to meet deadlines.
|TODA Racing currently supplies race engines to teams in:|
|F3||5Zigen's N1 team|
Camshaft and cylinder head development
A TODA engineer must first design the cylinder head in CATIA. Physical dimensions and flow properties of the stock cylinder head are used to ensure an exact digital representation of the actual cylinder head. Once the information has been checked for accuracy, various camshaft profiles and cylinder head port designs are implemented and tested. Data is sent to manufacturing machines (and staff) which port the cylinder heads and ensure that all heads produce the same exact flow numbers as the digital model. In the world of professional motorsports, consistency and reliability are the keys to success, therefore TODA Racing has to ensure that all its race engines produce the same exact power numbers and conform to strict tolerances.