The Japanese Tokyo Auto Salon should not be confused with the already concluded 2015 Tokyo Motor Show – it’s more like a mashup between the American SEMA and CES events.
Taking place in January (we’re choke full of automotive and related events next month – with CES, NAIAS and the Tokyo auto salon), Toyota has decided a pumped up racing version (built with the help of Toyota GAZOO Racing) of the S-FR concept (pocket rocket style) is now in order. The prototype was very interesting back when it was launched during the Tokyo motor show and is now staging a comeback – clad in a racing suit. It also looks way less geeky thanks to the aggressive changes via the body kit sporting wide flared fenders and massive front and rear spoilers. We also noticed the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) canards and the vented hood and if anyone failed to see it at the back there’s also an aviation-grade wing doing some downforce boosting.
The Toyota S-FR Racing Concept is 4,100 mm long (3,990 mm for the initial concept) and width has also gone up from 1,695 mm to 1,735, while height has been trimmed from 1,320 mm to 1,270 mm. We also reckon it’s a tad lighter than the already skinny road-legal version that was tipping the scale at just 980 kg (2,160 lbs). No current details regarding the engine under the hood have been passed on to the press, which has sparked lengthy speculations about the series model’s powertrain – reports are going back and forth pitting a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline – 115 PS (85 kW) and 185 Nm (136 lb-ft) – or a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter from the JDM-spec Corolla, complete with direct injection and other modifications to lift output to about 130 PS (96 kW) and 148 Nm (109 lb-ft).