2011 Tokyo Auto Salon: Toyota GRMN iQ Racing Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 17, 2011

Toyota unveiled this weekend at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon the brand new GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN) iQ Racing Concept, a tweaked version of the popular iQ. The new car comes fitted with a supercharged engine and a roll-cage, as well as a new deep front air dam, huge lower air intake and racing wheels. It appears that just like the previous concept showed back in 2009, the new concept will be produced in a limited edition.

For those who don’t know, Gazoo’s previous iQ concept car was given a limited production run in Japan that sold out immediately. Moreover, the 2011 Tokyo Auto Saloon also saw the Toyota Prius G Sports Concept as well as the TRD Auris GT Concept.

Tokyo Auto Salon, the world’s biggest custom car show, presented five modified and tuned Lexus cars over the weekend, celebrating its sporting side. Although we are a couple of months away from its official launch, the new CT 200H was presented in special F-Sport disguise, along with many sporting features such as a Modellista body kit, alloy wheels and seats by Recaro Sports.

This model was accompanied by two fresh models of the ultra-high performance IS F: the Circuit Club Sport Racer (CCS-R) and Club Performance Accessory.

The CCS-R continues the tradition of track saloons being lightweight, with body panels of carbon fiber, including bonnet and boot lid and front and rear spoilers, as well as new roll cage with frameless construction and windows from polycarbonate.

Carbon Fiber is also used for the dashboard inside, as well as for the door trims, and the center console. The racing details are boosted to a six-point safety harness and short-diameter wheel with paddle shifts.

The performance of the car was also engineered, with racing suspension, cooling and exhaust, brakes, mechanically limited-slip differential and forged alloys shod with slick tires.

Toyota Racing Department (TRD) presented the IS F Club Performance Accessory, which enabled the strongest IS model to have a fearless appearance with spoilers fore and aft, a carbon fiber hood and a rear diffuser. The package is complete when you add sports brakes and suspension, magnesium wheels, a titanium exhaust and a mechanical LSD.

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TOYOTA STARS AT TOKYO AUTO SALON

Small in size but big in attitude, a pumped-up, track-ready interpretation of the super-smart iQ city car leads a posse of tuned and tweaked Toyota concept and production cars at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The world's largest annual aftermarket parts show, taking place (14 to 16 January) gives leading tuning firms and custom car specialists the chance to demonstrate their engineering and design skills, from mild sports accoutrements to the wilder fringes of auto design.

The GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN) iQ Racing Concept is the latest interpretation of Toyota's smallest model by its motor sport competition partner. It's a stand-out model, with its deep front air dam, huge lower air intake and racing wheels, but it is not just about looks: fitted with a tuned- supercharged engine and a roll-cage, it's cut out for track action.

It has a strong heritage too: Gazoo's previous iQ concept car was given a limited production run in Japan that sold out immediately in 2009.

G Sports (G's) have also contributed to the Toyota presentation with Sports Concept version of Prius, with TRD adding an Auris GT Concept. As well as the cars, Toyota is hosting interactive events at the show, including forums with engineers and racing drivers and virtual driving competitions in Metapolis, an on-line community created by Gazoo Racing.

LEXUS SPORTING CONCEPTS AT TOKYO AUTO SALON

The world's largest custom car show celebrated the sporting side of Lexus at the weekend with five tuned and modified cars on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Even though its public launch is still a few months away, the new CT 200h was revealed in special F-Sport guise, with an array of sporting accessories including alloy wheels, a body kit by Modellista and Recaro sports seats.

It was joined by two new versions of the ultra-high performance IS F: the CCS-R (Circuit Club Sport Racer) and Club Performance Accessory.

The CCS-R is true to the tradition of lightweight track saloons, featuring carbon fibre body panels, including front and rear spoilers, bonnet and boot lid, and a new frameless construction roll cage and polycarbonate windows. Inside there's further extensive use of carbon fibre for the dashboard, centre console and door trims, while the racing details extend to a six-point safety harness and short-diameter steering wheel with paddle shifts. The car is performance-engineered, too, with racing suspension, brakes, cooling and exhaust, plus a mechanical limited-slip differential and forged alloys shod with slick tyres.

TRD (Toyota Racing Department) has created the IS F Club Performance Accessory, giving the most powerful member of the IS family an even bolder appearance with spoilers fore and aft, a rear diffuser and a carbon fibre hood. Again, more carbon fibre material is used in the cabin, along with sports seats finished in bright orange. Sports suspension and brakes, a titanium exhaust, magnesium wheels and a mechanical LSD complete the package.

Gazoo Racing presented its racing version of the Lexus LFA supercar, which enjoyed success at last year's Nürburgring 24 Hours race, and TOM's offered a new interpretation of the LS 460 limousine.

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