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Toyota readies S-FR Concept for the track

Toyota readies S-FR Concept fo...
Toyota still hasn't confirmed the S-FR for production, but we're hoping it can take up the challenge with Honda's S660
Toyota still hasn't confirmed the S-FR for production, but we're hoping it can take up the challenge with Honda's S660
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The concept sits on lightweight wheels
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The concept sits on lightweight wheels
Toyota hasn't provided powertrain details about the S-FR Racing Concept, but we think it looks fantastic
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Toyota hasn't provided powertrain details about the S-FR Racing Concept, but we think it looks fantastic
The S-FR is fitted with a massive rear diffuser and wing
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The S-FR is fitted with a massive rear diffuser and wing
We're not sure about the amount of downforce those add-ons provide, but they do look cool
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We're not sure about the amount of downforce those add-ons provide, but they do look cool
Toyota still hasn't confirmed the S-FR for production, but we're hoping it can take up the challenge with Honda's S660
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Toyota still hasn't confirmed the S-FR for production, but we're hoping it can take up the challenge with Honda's S660
Toyota has turned to compact, rear drive sports cars in an attempt to move away from its beige image
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Toyota has turned to compact, rear drive sports cars in an attempt to move away from its beige image
The S-FR has been redesigned for Autosalon Tokyo
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The S-FR has been redesigned for Autosalon Tokyo
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Having debuted the lightweight S-FR concept at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has turned to the in-house Gazoo Racing team to pump up its styling ahead of Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 next month, further raising speculation this concept could make the jump to production.

The styling upgrades to transform the S-FR into a track-ready race car start with an aggressive new front end that incorporates carbon fiber wings and cooling vents in the bonnet. Moving to the side of the car we can see lightweight wheels and side skirts that fit in with the Gazoo racing concept's more aggressive ethos.

Toyota has turned to compact, rear drive sports cars in an attempt to move away from its beige image
Toyota has turned to compact, rear drive sports cars in an attempt to move away from its beige image

Round the back, the view is dominated by that huge rear wing and diffuser. For all we know they don't provide any downforce, but that doesn't matter when the car is sitting on the stand at Auto Salon, does it?

As you can probably tell, there's not a heap of substance to the S-FR Racing Concept as it's more of a styling exercise than anything else at the moment. All we can tell you is that the car is front engined with rear-wheel drive, and that it's 4.1 m (161.4 in) long, 1.7 m (68.3 in) wide and just 1.3 m (50 in) high. That makes it 110 mm (4.4 in) longer than the non-racing S-FR, while it's also 40 mm (1.6 in) wider and 50 mm (2 in) lower.

Car and Driver is already speculating about a late-2016 start to production for the standard S-FR, at which point it would wade into battle with the Honda S660 Gizmag drove last month.

Source: Toyota

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5 comments
myale
Looks like a Porsche 911 from certain angles
CorvetteRacer
Looks like a large-mouth bass from all angles.
DavidB
If Porsche and Mazda had tried to design a basking shark.
Yawn.
Bob Flint
Forget about the fact it's "FUGLY"
How does it get to the track with virtually no ground clearance it would hang up just getting outta the garage to the street.
GeoffBoxell
It looks to me like a lowered Mini. The lack of ground clearance is a concern, even on a race track let alone public roads.