Posts tagged: Race

GReddy And Scion Racing Unveil FR-S Drift Car In Detroit – Motorauthority

By , January 11, 2012 4:53 pm

GReddy and Scion Racing FR-S drift car

Scion, through its Scion Racing division and several other partners, currently competes in the exciting world of Formula DRIFT using a heavily modified tC, which being a front-wheel drive car in its original state is sure to have some major compromises when it comes to the fine art of drifting.

That’s all set to change come the start of the 2012 season as Scion has unveiled its new 600-horsepower Formula DRIFT challenger in the form of the latest 2013 Scion FR-S rear-wheel drive sports coupe.

The new drift car, unveiled this week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, has been developed over the past year by Scion Racing and motorsports and tuning company GReddy.

Piloting the car for the Scion Racing team will be veteran drifter Ken Gushi, one of the factory-backed drivers in the 2011 season.

Note, Toyota, together with Gazoo Racing, is preparing its own race car based on the GT 86 and it has already been spotted testing in Europe.

In addition to the Detroit unveiling, Scion also announced that it will launch a special program called “First 86.” The program will give 86 lucky people the opportunity to be among the first to own the Scion FR-S. The selected 86 owners will take delivery of their car before it goes on-sale to the general public. To be one of them, you need to submit your request on from mid-day (EST) on January 12.

For everyone else, the long-awaited rear-wheel drive sports coupe hits showrooms in late spring. For full details on the car, click here. And to see what else the 2012 Detroit Auto Show has to offer, click here.


Gazoo Racing fields race-prepped Lexus CT hybrid at Nürburgring – Autoblog

By , May 15, 2011 9:28 am

Lexus Gazoo Racing CT

Lexus Gazoo Racing CT – Click above for high-res image

When nearly 200 cars line up this weekend at the Nürburgring for the Adenauer ADAC Rudstrecken-Trophy, countless Porsches and BMWs will be among them. And a hybrid. Wait, what?

That's right. This year Gazoo Racing – the ToMoCo-backed outfit that has campaigned the Lexus LFA at the same track – is fielding a competition-spec Lexus CT 200h.

Well, we shouldn't call it a CT 200h, since while it's almost identical to the roadgoing CT hybrid, the 200 nameplate would be a bit of a misnomer. Because while the electric component of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system was kept in place for this racing machine, the 1.8-liter four was replaced by a 2.4. Perhaps it's a test platform for the upcoming more powerful CT?

Otherwise, beyond the required safety modifications, it's pretty much bone stock, right down shutting the engine off at idle and under braking. Follow the jump for the full press release.


tcmaboy’s TAS coverage Installment #4 – Race Cars

By , January 21, 2011 4:14 pm


A trip to a car show just isn't complete without a sprinkling of race cars, so sit back and enjoy the preciouses.

Since this is Japan, GT cars are bountiful.






Let us not forget the other motor sport know as drifting





Lastly there were a few camio appearances by LM and F1





By , November 3, 2010 1:49 pm

So since there are so many articles on what Toyota, Lexus and Scion are doing at SEMA, instead of posting each individually, going to post collections as I find them in one place.

Video Preview of Lexus cars at SEMA

Swagger wagon supreme:


Prius Plus Performance Package:

Toyota Prius Plus Performance Package – Click above for high-res image gallery

Looks like Honda isn't the only automaker trying to cash in on the idea of a "sport hybrid." Toyota has just debuted its new line of Plus performance parts at this year's SEMA show, and the first vehicle to benefit from these new accessories is the Prius hybrid.

The Prius Plus Performance Package (say that three times fast) includes a seven-piece aero kit that still allows the sleek hatch to maintain its 0.25 coefficient of drag. The new front and rear bumper spoilers, side skirts and rear diffuser are rounded off with an attractive set of 17-inch forged wheels wrapped in slick 215/45-series tires.

In an effort to keep things as economical as possible, the Prius' hybrid engine does not receive any upgrades, but the hatch's suspension has been tweaked to provide better overall handling. Sport-tuned lowering springs have been fitted and a rear sway bar has been put in place to keep things flat and stable during cornering.

Toyota will be offering the Plus Performance Package in limited quantities beginning in April of next year. Follow the jump for the official details and see the modded-up Prius for yourself in the galleries below.


Yaris GT-S Club Racer:


With plenty of other blinged out rides at the 2010 SEMA Show, Toyota‘s Yaris GT-S Club Racer is a refreshing change of pace. There’s no big stereo system in the trunk, and it doesn’t make 500-hp. Instead, it’s a purpose built track car that’s not only ready to do battle in SCCA competition, but has already done so.

Built by SportsCar Magazine the little Yaris was piloted by associate editor Jason Isley to win the Southern Pacific H Production Division Championship, eventually finishing 8th at the annual runoffs.

Sporting a significantly modified Toyota 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, the Yaris makes 145-hp thanks to bolt-ons like a DC Sports header, K&N intake and some interior engine work. A Scion xB final drive also assists in acceleration, while a Kaaz LSD keep ensured maximum traction. A completely stripped-out shell drops weight by 400 lbs, while outside the custom bodywork gets some retro-inspired livery while keeping the car glued to the ground are a set of tiny 13×7-inch Jongbloed Racing wheels.


Prius C&A Custom Concept:

Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept

Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Can a Prius be sporty? Toyota's latest offering here at SEMA proves to us that it can certainly try to look the part. The Prius C&A Custom Concept wears an aggressive, lightweight carbon fiber body kit and rides on 18-inch forged aluminum wheels. What's more, the C&A has been substantially lowered thanks to a TIEN setup that drops the hatch's ride height by four inches in front and six inches out back. The result is a Prius that has been transformed from a do-good hybrid into what looks like the anime version of a Lamborghini Reventón.

The upgrades have continued inside the Prius, where the cabin has been covered (and we mean covered) in Alcantara suede. The headliner, A and B pillars, door trim, rear seat, console box, front Recaro seats, steering wheel and even the aluminum shift knob all wear Alcantara.

This Prius certainly echoes the SEMA theme, as odd as it may be. See for yourself in our high-res gallery below, and read Toyota's own words about the C&A Custom in the press release after the jump.



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