• Jan 16th 2011 at 7:02PM
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Toyota GRMN iQ Racing Concept – Click above for high-res image

SEMA may take the proverbial cake for the American tuner scene, but the Vegas expo isn't the only tuner show in the world. And with the Tokyo Auto Salon currently underway, Toyota has a wide variety of cars on display under various labels and divisions.

The vehicle you see above is the GRMN iQ Racing Concept. Lest you think the four letters indicate some kind of special nav system, it stands for Gazoo Racing tuned by MN – the same outfit that prepared the Nürburgring 24-winning Lexus LFA racer.

Little in the way of details were released along with the solitary image other than to say that it's based on a limited-edition model that's already sold out, and fitted with a roll cage and supercharger. It's one of seventeen vehicles prepared by the Toyota Motor Corporation and its subsidiaries for the show, including versions of the Prius, Vitz (aka Yaris), Auris, Corolla, Noah, FJ Cruiser, Ractis, Lexus CT and IS F and more, modified by Gazoo, Toyota Racing Development, G Sports and even the Fuji Speedway and a staff collective known as the Toyota Engineering Society. Read all about it in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Toyota]


New 'GRMN', 'G's' Concepts to Debut at Tokyo Auto Salon
GAZOO Racing 'Automotive Seasoning' to Be Conveyed Widely

Tokyo, Japan, January 14, 2011-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) plans to display a total of 17 vehicles, including three concept cars from "GAZOO Racing tuned by MN" (GRMN) and "G Sports"1 (G's), plus production vehicles, at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2011 with NAPAC2. The Tokyo Auto Salon, the world's largest customized car exhibition open to the general public, will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture from January 14 to 16.

TMC has seen the Tokyo Auto Salon as a place where peoples' dreams about automobiles convene, and as such has actively exhibited there. At the 2011 show, TMC hopes again to increase the number of car enthusiasts by promoting the "automotive seasoning" and joy of automobiles developed through GAZOO3 Racing activities to a wide range of people.

The GRMN concept car to be displayed is the "GRMN iQ Racing Concept", which is based on the limited-production "iQ GRMN" that sold out in one week in August 2009 and features a super charger and roll cage. Making up the G's concept-car display will be the "Prius G Sports Concept" and the "Vitz G Sports Concept", which are sports-conversion models based on the "Prius" and "Vitz", respectively.

In addition to the vehicle displays, TMC will conduct panel discussions featuring engineers and racecar drivers who will discuss the special features and aspects of the display vehicles, suggest how they can be driven and enjoyed, and also provide tune-up ideas. Various grass-roots motor-sports events will also be introduced, including the GAZOO Racing "Waku Doki" circuit events4 that began nationwide in November 2010.

During the exhibition, TMC will also conduct virtual events on GAZOO Metapolis5, a Japanese-language website featuring a virtual city (http://toyota.jp/sp/metapolis/), and the GAZOO.com website (in Japanese) will feature a special, exhibition-focused section (http://gazoo.com/racing/event/autosalon2011). Information will also be available on web-based social-media sites such as Twitter and Ustream to enhance the connections between car enthusiasts both inside and outside the exhibition venue.

List of TMC Vehicles to be Displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2011

GAZOO Racing tuned by MN GRMN iQ Racing Concept Concept car
GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA (2010 24 Hour Nürburgring class winner) Race vehicle
G Sports Prius G Sports Concept Concept car
Vitz G Sports Concept
Noah G Sports Production vehicle
Lexus CT 200h F Sport*1
IS F CCS-R*2 Concept car
IS F Club Performance Accessory by TRD
Modellista FJ Cruiser JAOS Selected by Modellista Production vehicle
Ractis Modellista version
Vitz Modellista version
TOM'S LS 460 TOM'S version
TMC customizing & accessories Passo de Tea Time Concept car
Fuji Speedway COROLLA Axio apr GT Race vehicle
Toyota Technical College Tokyo Toyota Sports EV-Twin Concept car
Toyota Engineering Society*3 TES Concept T-Sports

*1Fitted with a prototype seat manufactured by Recaro; *2Stands for "circuit club sports racer"; *3"TES" for short, is a voluntary organization for TMC employees created in 1947 to enhance the technical skills and talents of its members and to promote camaraderie. TES built the TES CONCEPT T-SPORTS in reponse to a questionnaire directed at the society members in 2010 asking what kinds of vehicles they would like to see developed. An "affordable sports car" ranked highly in answers to the questionnaire.

1The "G's" series name is based on the "G" associated with classic Toyota sports models such as the Toyota "2000GT" and the "Celica GT-Four".
2Nippon Auto Parts Aftermarket Committee
3Operates GAZOO.com, a customer-participation portal site created in 1998, as well as Gazoo Mura and Drive Kingdom driving events.
4With the first at the Sports Land Sugo circuit, each event features guest Super GT drivers. The events also feature special programs enabling absolute beginners to comfortably get circuit-driving experience.
5Name changed from "TOYOTA Metapolis" in December 2010. The site-a new tool for exchanging information with consumers-provides a fun, dreamlike world of the future, in which people, cars and nature co-exist.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be a chuck-able little car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The paint scheme makes me think of Kabuki.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After seeing that list of cars... who says Toyota and performance dont go together?

      • 4 Years Ago
      I took some time and researched the cars and trucks Toyota and Lexus will have on display at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon and must say they have quite a interesting range - defantly worth the effort of hav'n a look for those who are interested ... Gazoo, TRD, Modellista !!!

      Also ... is it worthwhile finding out why 'G' is used in some concepts !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, this is actually one of my few dream cars. I've always wanted to buy a Toyota iQ and customize it so that it would become a tiny but nimble car... something like a Lotus Elise or a CR-X.

      And it's RWD!? I will do ANYTHING to get my hands on its steering wheel if I can't buy it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pretty sure it's not rwd. The guys from 5th gear thought it was a nice little steer though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to say it... but I like it! Hey, if all economy cars at least looked as cool as that thing they might actually sell a few.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully it won't be one of these micro compact cop-outs (Oh look, we added a body kit and wheels)

      It would appear to have the brakes, the wheels, and the suspension. Unless it has at least 130HP, this thing looks like something a 16 year old would buy and then try to take back when they realized that it had no power. Too Late!

      maybe 160HP from a proper engine bullet-proofing and forced induction setup and this car may be something to consider. It still looks prone to rollover, which would take away the reason to race the hell out of this car, since it would be more of an autocross car than a proper track racer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two words: Not Good
      • 4 Years Ago
      awwwe , dont be so sad in the mouth!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope that they release a budget version of the LFA someday. Like in the $100,000 range. Maybe made with less exotic materials, but retaining that killer sound and crazy fast rev.
      • 4 Years Ago
      TOYOTA DEATH WATCH..TIC..TIC..TIC...with turds like this, it wont take long,so-long Toyota nobody will miss ya !
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a dumb muscle ricer.
        Go and burn some rubber in your riced mustang.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Slowly but surely, it's coming...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The article forgets to mention that this little beauty/beast is RWD and weighs under 2500 lbs. So take that into account when looking at this weird looking hot hatch.
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