GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum teased ahead of 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Article by Christian A., on January 2, 2013

More details about the "GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum" were released by Gazoo Racing before its launch at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The Platinum is based on the previously announced GRMN Sports FR Concept. Its styling has been revised to differentiate it more from the Toyota GT 86.

There isn’t plenty of information that we could get from the pictures but Gazoo said that the GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum will use a ventilated hood, new fenders and LED-infused headlights. It also features distinctive alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and modified taillights. The cabin comes with a roll cage and more instruments such as a boost gauge, water temperature gauge, oil temperature gauge. It also gets white leather seats with four-point harnesses.

The GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum is powered by a twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that offers about 330 hp (242 kW) of max output and 431 Nm (318 lb-ft) of peak torque. This engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission that distributes power to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential.

Other notable features of the new GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum include a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes and a dual exhaust.

The base car for the GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum is the GRMN Sports FR Concept. A work of Gazoo Racing, the GRMN Sports FR Concept already made its racing debut at the Nürburgring 24 Hours last year. The GRMN Sports FR Concept is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that delivers an impressive 315 hp of max output and 421 Nm (311 lb.-ft.) of peak torque.

This is the same engine that delivers 200 hp on the standard Toyota GT 86. Although the GRMN Sports FR Concept was created for track use, it remains road legal and offers a new suspension system and upgraded brake calipers in order to halt in time. The GRMN Sports FR Concept was fitted with a new exhaust system developed by Gazoo Racing as well as with a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in high performance tires.

In terms of design, the GRMN Sports FR Concept boasts of new front and rear bumpers as well as a new rear wing.
Gazoo Racing is a company within Toyota Motor Corp. that is responsible of refining its cars while training its staff through world-renowned motor sports activities like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the All-Japan Rally Championship.

The Gazoo name is rooted in the Japanese language. The name came out by accident, as it originated from the Japanese word, 'gazo,' which means picture or image.

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