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Administrator
12-02-2015, 08:58 PM
December 3, 2015

Toyota S-FR Becomes a Lean, Mean Racing Machine for Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Toyota City, Japan, December 3, 2015―With its sporty yet simple design, the Toyota S-FR turned heads when it made its global premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Now, Toyota GAZOO Racing plans to reimagine the concept as a track-ready race car at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, a customized-car exhibition running from January 15 through 17.

Alongside the new Toyota S-FR concept, Toyota will be exhibiting two new souped-up minivans: the Voxy G's Concept and Noah G's Concept.

Toyota S-FR Racing Concept

With wide flared fenders, eye-catching hood vents, and use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic canards and front/rear spoilers, this concept represents Toyota's vision of the S-FR as a performance vehicle born for the racing circuit. While the model displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show had simple, familiar styling, the Toyota S-FR Racing Concept aims for a more aggressive look.

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Traum
12-02-2015, 09:08 PM
Gosh... that rear end is hideous... :(

Ichitaka05
12-02-2015, 09:13 PM
Looks like mini Aston... I LIKE!!

studentDriver
12-02-2015, 11:17 PM
I like it very much. It looks like the Ginetta G40.

Sarlacc
12-03-2015, 04:56 AM
I like the front. Love the hood! The rest is... meh.

I take this as a strong sign the car will be going in to production.

VegasTerp
12-03-2015, 08:21 AM
I like the hood and the channel in the roof. My overall impression with all of the "boy racer" aero bits is that this product is destined to be marketed as a Scion in the U.S.

Most importantly, this is the first bit of real news revealed in quite a while. I was beginning to think Toyota had shelved the project.

VegasTerp
12-03-2015, 08:30 AM
Just noticed the substantially wider front and rear fenders. Those give the S-FR significant additional presence.

cyde01
12-03-2015, 10:25 AM
aside from the headlights, i totally dig everything about it! looks awesome!


Most importantly, this is the first bit of real news revealed in quite a while. I was beginning to think Toyota had shelved the project.

are you kidding me? it's only been a month since the concept reveal at TMS. it's gonna be at least 2-3 years before the car is released, i wouldn't be surprised if we go 6+ months before the next real news, even if the project isn't shelved.

Ichitaka05
12-03-2015, 10:46 AM
are you kidding me? it's only been a month since the concept reveal at TMS. it's gonna be at least 2-3 years before the car is released, i wouldn't be surprised if we go 6+ months before the next real news, even if the project isn't shelved.

Ah~ this reminds me of dark ages with FT-86 Concept. Over an year of no solid info, just random BS auto blog articles.

VegasTerp
12-03-2015, 11:35 AM
aside from the headlights, i totally dig everything about it! looks awesome!



are you kidding me? it's only been a month since the concept reveal at TMS. it's gonna be at least 2-3 years before the car is released, i wouldn't be surprised if we go 6+ months before the next real news, even if the project isn't shelved.


Six months between updates will extinguish the enthusiasm generated by the reveal.

Ichitaka05
12-03-2015, 11:59 AM
Six months between updates will extinguish the enthusiasm generated by the reveal.

Look at FT1... Big BIG hype... Now they're almost all gone.

It's miracle FRS/BRZ kept most of enthuse alive that 4yrs...

cyde01
12-03-2015, 02:52 PM
Six months between updates will extinguish the enthusiasm generated by the reveal.

what ich said. we went for over a year before we'd get concrete info for the FT-86, and look at the FT-1. we know they haven't shelved the concept, and yet there's been no news since the reveal of the prototype back in august 2014. if you're interested in this car i'd suggest you get used to waiting, even if they do release it it's gonna be a very long time in between updates.

Callie
12-03-2015, 03:10 PM
I freakin love it! Looks like a mini Aston like others have said. I even love the headlights now for some reason. Must be all the other new parts distracting me :)

Callie
12-03-2015, 03:12 PM
what ich said. we went for over a year before we'd get concrete info for the FT-86, and look at the FT-1. we know they haven't shelved the concept, and yet there's been no news since the reveal of the prototype back in august 2014. if you're interested in this car i'd suggest you get used to waiting, even if they do release it it's gonna be a very long time in between updates.

Begs the question why does Toyota tease for so long? Do they need that long of a period and that many concept versions to gauge the market for the cars? If not, aren't they risking more by having an overly long tease period where people are bored of the car before it even gets to market (like the NSX).

Nevermore
12-03-2015, 06:02 PM
So I can have one as a race car after all!

zigzagz94
12-03-2015, 06:09 PM
Ah~ this reminds me of dark ages with FT-86 Concept. Over an year of no solid info, just random BS auto blog articles.

Yep. A lot of months with us arguing over the possible name of the car and random photoshops of variants we wanted to see. Still waiting on my Ichi-wagon version...

I'm usually not an over the top look at me kind of guy but I like this racing concept for some reason

Ichitaka05
12-03-2015, 06:23 PM
Yep. A lot of months with us arguing over the possible name of the car and random photoshops of variants we wanted to see. Still waiting on my Ichi-wagon version...

I'm usually not an over the top look at me kind of guy but I like this racing concept for some reason

My PC broke & lost photoshop... but see what I can do bout that

daiheadjai
12-03-2015, 08:04 PM
What's wrong with good old fashioned red taillamps? Why must we altezza all the things?
It's not 2005 anymore....

Dragawn
12-04-2015, 01:03 AM
My photoshop skills are sub-par, but I wanted to see how the car looked with a smaller grill, since its size throws off the proportions of the car in my opinion, especially on the side the huge grill makes it look like a tiny whale, but thats harder to PS:

Comparison:
normal large grill:

http://www.sfrforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=236&d=1449118696

PSed smaller grill:

http://i.imgur.com/5EZIyxs.jpg

Sarlacc
12-04-2015, 07:52 AM
My photoshop skills are sub-par, but I wanted to see how the car looked with a smaller grill, since its size throws off the proportions of the car in my opinion, especially on the side the huge grill makes it look like a tiny whale, but thats harder to PS:

Comparison:
normal large grill:
PSed smaller grill:

I see what you mean! I like your version!

Sarlacc
12-04-2015, 09:14 AM
I think it needs a nosejob.

kfoote
12-04-2015, 10:06 AM
As much as i like the idea of the S-FR and see where it falls in the street car market, I don't see where the racing concept would be able to race competitively at any sort of reasonable value. Even if the bodywork is not carbon, to build the car as it is in these pics is a $50,000+ build, assuming a FIA homologated roll cage, with the center lock wheels, wing, diffuser, and other bits I can see that have gone into the design. It'll be too slow without a much more powerful engine to run in either FIA GT4 or the Super GT GT300 class. The only place I could see it working is in one of the slower classes in the Nurburgring VLN series or in in the 24 hour series that is starting next year with the 24 Hours of Dubai.

swimstarguy
12-04-2015, 11:36 AM
As much as i like the idea of the S-FR and see where it falls in the street car market, I don't see where the racing concept would be able to race competitively at any sort of reasonable value. Even if the bodywork is not carbon, to build the car as it is in these pics is a $50,000+ build, assuming a FIA homologated roll cage, with the center lock wheels, wing, diffuser, and other bits I can see that have gone into the design. It'll be too slow without a much more powerful engine to run in either FIA GT4 or the Super GT GT300 class. The only place I could see it working is in one of the slower classes in the Nurburgring VLN series or in in the 24 hour series that is starting next year with the 24 Hours of Dubai.

I could see it working in one of the smaller World Challenge classes. That would be pretty great to watch.
http://www.world-challenge.com/pirelli-world-challenge-car-facts.html

EDIT: The base non-racing concept version would work for WC. Which I would still want to watch.

kfoote
12-04-2015, 12:25 PM
I think it would be too underpowered to be competitive for TC, and it's beyond the prep limits of anything they'd allow in TC-A. I could see a modified street S-FR in TC-A if given enough power to be competitive, but not the Racing Concept.

Going back to the ND Miata comparison, in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge series, it is highly unlikely that they are going to let the ND Miata run in the ST class because it would require too many modifications to get enough power to be competitive, even compared to the NC Miatas. Most of the teams that had been running NC Miatas have already announced that they're going to be running different cars next year. For whatever reason, they all seem to be moving to the Cayman GT4 in the GS class.

cyde01
12-04-2015, 01:00 PM
Begs the question why does Toyota tease for so long? Do they need that long of a period and that many concept versions to gauge the market for the cars? If not, aren't they risking more by having an overly long tease period where people are bored of the car before it even gets to market (like the NSX).

it's not just toyota and the nsx. the z-car, gt-r, s2000, rx-8, all went through this process, with the new rx-car and porsche's electric car still going through it now. it's kind of an industry wide thing.

Ichitaka05
12-04-2015, 01:05 PM
Yep. A lot of months with us arguing over the possible name of the car and random photoshops of variants we wanted to see. Still waiting on my Ichi-wagon version...

Was bored at work, so used online photoshop and did quick photochopping & fix few parts I didn't like bout S-FR RC

cyde01
12-04-2015, 06:43 PM
you know for some reason i'm bothered less by the headlights and huge grille in hot hatch form.

zigzagz94
12-04-2015, 07:51 PM
That Hot Hatch is awesome. Thanks Ichi. A hatch would make this little car a lot more practical for people trying to use it as their only DD.

Dragawn
12-05-2015, 03:38 AM
you know for some reason i'm bothered less by the headlights and huge grille in hot hatch form.

Because it's more in proportion! I love the wagon, thanks ichi. I wouldn't mind an actual wagon version of that car, gives a nice amount of cargo space, for lugging bought furniture around.

Tectonic
12-05-2015, 11:44 AM
Hot hatch FTW!

This is one quirky car with personality, I love it. You just don't see anyone making interesting looking designs anymore.

Ichitaka05
12-09-2015, 12:34 PM
Ugh, waiting to see this at TAS w more photo to be uploaded is killing me... Less than a month to go

kinetis
12-21-2015, 11:01 AM
Gosh... that rear end is hideous... :(

Hideously Functional :cool:

Ichitaka05
01-14-2016, 09:40 AM
Looks like S-FR Racing Concept teaser photos are already popping up on social media

Benji
01-14-2016, 09:44 AM
Only a few more hours till kick off I imagine! Have we got anyone on this forum going?

Here's hoping they're all like "Yeah, we've been lying all along, this is actually a production simple, we ready to go world wide, we even have all the necessary inventory in place already and you can buy it in March....."

Ichitaka05
01-14-2016, 10:21 AM
Only a few more hours till kick off I imagine! Have we got anyone on this forum going?

Here's hoping they're all like "Yeah, we've been lying all along, this is actually a production simple, we ready to go world wide, we even have all the necessary inventory in place already and you can buy it in March....."

Would that be cool... but iirc in the interview this forum did, they said that S-FR concept is still an concept and it's not final production ver... unless, they're trolling w us lol

Benji
01-14-2016, 05:23 PM
Would that be cool... but iirc in the interview this forum did, they said that S-FR concept is still an concept and it's not final production ver... unless, they're trolling w us lol

While I know I was wishful thinking, I agree with a comment someone else made on this forum, this 'concept' car is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too close to a production car, unlike the FRS/BRZ where it truly was a concept the first time we saw it and it would be years before it got to production, I think we're much MUCH closer to production with the SFR than we think, could well be a 2017 car. I hope.....

Now, TAS has clearly started so where's the pics :D

Ichitaka05
01-14-2016, 07:47 PM
Ken Gushi's fb added some photo


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Administrator
01-14-2016, 09:35 PM
Here's some!

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Ichitaka05
01-15-2016, 12:06 AM
Wow! A lot more aggressive than I've expected.

OKASFR
01-15-2016, 05:54 AM
It's actually outshining the Ft1 in my opinion. I don't like the ft1 design compared to the S-FR. The S-FR feels a lot fresher and interesting.

Administrator
01-15-2016, 11:05 AM
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Ichitaka05
01-15-2016, 11:55 AM
How's interior? Did they stripped the interior or did they tinted out, so can't see inside?

swimstarguy
01-19-2016, 06:08 PM
Speedhunters got a few more pictures at the Tokyo Motor Show.
http://www.speedhunters.com/2016/01/gazoo-racing-toyota-s-fr-racing-concept/

http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/18141245/TAS2016-08-800x533.jpg

http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/18141722/TAS2016-16-800x533.jpg

Walla
01-20-2016, 11:29 PM
Sick! I can just picture the next gen FR-S in between... what an awesome trifecta of sports cars that would be for Toyota. I can't think of any other huge manufacturer with that many focused sports cars.

carboy
01-21-2016, 02:33 PM
Very cool, I would select this over coupe for sure.

Haysoos
01-23-2016, 02:59 PM
Those wheels are my favorite part