Toyota president liked the Scion FR-S only when he was able to “talk to” it

Article by Christian A., on February 11, 2012

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda didn’t immediately like the Scion FR-S sporty coupe. When it was in development, Toyoda would test-drive it once each month. He had plenty of criticism throughout the entire process. Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said that the worst criticism from Toyoda was when he immediately halted during a test run. Tada went on to describe the vehicle as a “car he couldn’t “talk to.” Tada said, “It was a turning point in terms of what direction we would develop the car.”

Toyota is extremely focused on the FR-S (known in the U.S. as the Toyota 86), highlighting how Toyoda places a personal touch on them. Toyoda is a multi-awarded accomplished racer.

To describe his position at its top test driver, Toyoda shed a “sometimes cryptic lexicon to describe his role as the company’s top test driver.” She is a chef who has been “flavoring” the vehicles.

In cases like this, he means that it’s good to have “conversation” with the car. Toyota tinkered with the FR-S. Toyoda is examining the FR-S, a car he had been in full support of before he became president in 2009.

The redesigned Lexus GS was expected to be discontinued but Toyoda granted reprieve after engineers modified its driving dynamics to get his approval. He is known for having worked on the Lexus LFA high-end sports car for more than a decade before the pet project is just right.

Scion FR-S – short for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport – defines Scion’s idea of a genuine rear-wheel-drive sports car that exhibits exceptionally balanced handling and performance, flexible utility, compelling style, and impressive fuel efficiency.

The FR-S is a true-blue "scion" as it is born into a long history of Toyota performance vehicles and motorsports. During its planning and development stage, it got its inspiration from the AE86 generation of the Toyota Corolla, which was better known as "Hachi-Roku," Japanese for "8-6." The AE86 was a lightweight, well-balanced front-engine and rear-wheel-drive coupe and was a solid choice among driving enthusiasts.

Having been inspired by the AE86, Scion FR-S’s design is aimed at achieving "Pure Balance," which starts with the use of the only flat boxer engine in the world with front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. This engine's compact size, as well as its flat shape, makes it possible to be mounted extremely low and mid-ship. This, in turn, gives the FR-S a dynamically favorable 53:47 front-to-rear weight ratio, as well as a low gravity center that is comparable to certain exotic supercars.

Scion FR-S's 2-liter four-cylinder engine is naturally aspirated and is a result of a collaborated effort in development between Subaru and Toyota. This partnership began by combining the horizontally opposed engine newly developed by Subaru and the cutting-edge D-4S injection system by Toyota. Toyota’s D-4S injection system incorporates the direct injection and the port injection for every cylinder, with one directly injecting fuel into the combustion chamber, and the other being found above the intake valves. D-4S injection was adopted from the Lexus IS F and is a new technology developed for the Scion family.

The D-4S system utilizes the direct injectors at various engine speeds. Both direct injectors and port injectors are used at specific engine speeds and under specific engine loads so as to facilitate in filling out mid-range torque. What’s more, the D-4S is key technology for reducing vehicle emissions. The FR-S heads use dual variable valve timing, adjusting the intake-cam and exhaust-cam timing in order to optimize power, fuel mileage, and torque. The D-4S system, combined with a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, gives an impressive 200 hp and torque of 151 lb-ft.

Topics: toyota, scion, scion fr-s

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