If you’re a fan of hopped-up, racy-looking twists on the Toyota GT86/FT86 (or Scion FR-S, as it’s known in our market), then you’ll likely want to keep an eye out for Gazoo Racing’s latest project. Toyota’s semi-official motorsports partner is apparently prepping a tricked-out FT86 concept for this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon.
Details are still sketchy, but the car – dubbed the GRMN Sports FR Platinum – appears to be an evolution of another Gazoo-tuned FT86 concept: the GRMN Sports FR. That concept, which debuted in early 2012, boasted a number of performance upgrades, including a gutted interior with roll cage, revised front and rear fascias, and a giant fixed rear wing. Without a doubt, the most important revision lurked underhood – the direct-injection 2.0-liter boxer-four was given a supercharger, which bumped its output from 197 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque to a hearty 320 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
From what we’ve seen thus far of Gazoo’s latest project, the Sports FR Platinum appears to be a slightly more posh iteration of the original Sports FR – the GT3 RS to the Sports FR’s 911 GT3 Cup, if you will. One teaser photo showcases racing-grade bucket seats and restraint harnesses, but the buckets appear to be trimmed in quilted leather. We’re also noticing some mild cosmetic exterior changes, especially in terms of lamp assemblies – headlamps are taller and longer -- than before, while the rear lamps boast four round optic elements, much like the 1992 – 2002 Toyota Supra.
We’ll know more for sure come January 11, when Gazoo Racing plans on unwrapping the completed car at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Stay tuned for more details.