EAGLE HF-89: CATASTROPHIC START
In 1987 and 1988, Toyota, with the collaboration of the All American Racers, achieved excellent results in the GTO category of the IMSA GT Championship.
This result convinced the managers of the two companies to switch to the GTP class reserved for prototypes in 1989.
Designed by Ron Hopkins and Hiro Fujimori and based on a monocoque frame in aluminium reinforced with a steel roll-bar, the first prototype of the joint venture was called Eagle HF-89.
The engine was a four-cylinder 630 hp Toyota 3S.GTM Turbo 2.1 managed by a six-speed Hewland manual transmission.
Starting from its first race in the Miami GP, the car had numerous mechanical problems that forced its withdrawal from almost all the races in which it took part. At the end of the season, the only mildly good result was concluding the Mid-Ohio GP in the fifth position.
Given the catastrophic results, the team withdrew the HF-89 at the end of the season and replaced it with an advanced model.
Thanks to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation