Gazoo Racing Preps Yet Another Toyota FT86 Concept For Tokyo Auto Salon

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.

Source: Gazoo


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