The original concept at October's Tokyo Motor Show imagined a rear-wheel drive sports car that looked like a modern update of the Toyota Sports 800 with a sprinkle of styling cues from an Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. Gazoo Racing rips away those adorable qualities to prepare it for the track. The S-FR Racing Concept now wears flared fenders that add about 1.6 inches to the stock width, and the hood boasts big vents. At the rear, the company mounts a massive wing and diffuser to keep the little droptop stuck to the road. To lower the center of gravity, Gazoo also slashes the roadster's height by about two inches from the earlier version.
Toyota doesn't provide any details about performance modifications, but you can spot drilled brake rotors through the wheels. It would be fun if the new hood signals a wild powerplant, too.
Dec. 03, 2015
Toyota City, Japan, December 3, 2015―With its sporty yet simple design, the Toyota S-FR turned heads when it made its global premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Now, Toyota GAZOO Racing plans to reimagine the concept as a track-ready race car at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, a customized-car exhibition running from January 15 through 17.
Alongside the new Toyota S-FR concept, Toyota will be exhibiting two new souped-up minivans: the Voxy G's Concept and Noah G's Concept.
Toyota S-FR Racing Concept
With wide flared fenders, eye-catching hood vents, and use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic canards and front/rear spoilers, this concept represents Toyota's vision of the S-FR as a performance vehicle born for the racing circuit. While the model displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show had simple, familiar styling, the Toyota S-FR Racing Concept aims for a more aggressive look.
The Voxy G's Concept and Noah G's Concept continue to highlight Toyota's proposal to give minivans a sportier feel, recently demonstrated in the Japan-only Sienta launched in July 2015. Both concepts offer a refined ride and emphasize driving enjoyment and comfort, while stepping well outside the minivan segment's comfort zone. Their sporty, individualistic exteriors and interiors aim to heighten the driving experience.
In addition to the S-FR Racing Concept and the G's minivans, Toyota will also be displaying vehicles that have participated in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race since 2007, as well as vehicles that took part in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the All-Japan Rally Championship in 2015.
Toyota sees Tokyo Auto Salon as an excellent opportunity to promote car culture, and to engage with car fans in order to turn their feedback into ever-better products. The event will be held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, with an industry and press day on January 15, followed by public days on January 16 and 17.