The Toyota C-HR is a cutesy subcompact crossover that will be sold in Europe, as well as in the U.S. as the Scion C-HR. It will be a little out of place, then, mixing it up with the high-performance race cars of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race in late May.
Toyota Gazoo Racing plans to modify a C-HR for race duty and will campaign it in the German endurance race this year. Though the company hasn’t disclosed what it will do to increase the performance of the Toyota C-HR, these images show the car will get a cool black-and-white exterior treatment, a new front splitter, a giant rear wing, and larger wheels with performance tires. It goes without saying that Gazoo has likely upgraded the car’s brakes and suspension, as well as fitting safety gear like a roll cage.
Gazoo Racing will also enter a Lexus RC and an RC F at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
We have yet to see a production version of the road-going C-HR, but the Scion concept (pictured below) was shown at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show with 21-inch wheels and a black-and-red paint scheme. When it reaches production, it will be Scion’s first-ever crossover, plugging a key gap in the brand’s lineup and helping Scion compete with the likes of the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Jeep Renegade. Though there are no details yet on what engines would be offered, the C-HR will ride on Toyota’s new “TNGA” flexible platform that is also used for the new 2016 Toyota Prius.
Check back soon for more details as the Scion C-HR heads closer to production — even if it looks nothing like this racing car.