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Watch an FR-S Hot lap The Nurburgring Nordschleife

The Nurburgring’s Nordschleife is one of, if not the, most famous tracks in the world. It’s so important that sports car makers use it was part of their advertising to show how fast their car is along with 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times and top speeds. So of course you want to see an FR-S whip around the Nordschleife and absolutely kill it.

The Toyota GT86 (this is Germany, they don’t have Scions there) absolutely dusts a few BMWs (including one turd that won’t let him pass) that almost definitely have a few horses on him, an Audi that looks pretty nice, and a few hatch backs. If you needed any more proof that the FR-S and BRZ are awesome sports cars, no matter the comparatively wimpy engine, this is it.

The GT86 is owned by RSR racing rentals and is completely stock except for better tires and brake pads.

Scion “Went Down Swinging,” But FR-S Convertible Will Not Be Built

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The FR-S convertible is dead. Scion fought for the car and despite Subaru’s veto, Toyota was planning to manufacture the car itself, but there was no market outside the United States that could anticipate sales high enough to justify production.

“So on the convertible we went down swinging,” Scion Senior Vice President Doug Murtha told WardsAuto. I think we were pretty aggressive on our (submitted plan), but we looked at what we would have conceivably lost on the product and said, ‘We’re not going to even push it further.Nobody was more disappointed than we were.”

Scion FR-S sales have been declining steeply, which is to be expected when a car has been around for a couple years, so Scion is looking for something to get buyers interested again. It won’t be a turbo model though, according to Murtha “that’s not something that’s coming.” That technically leave the possibility of a 2.5-liter FR-S though, so there’s still hope for more power For now, Scion is banking on the Release Series 1.0 reawakening the public’s love of the car, or maybe they’ll actually build the FR-S Targa

The car dealers that were shown the convertible FR-S as an incentive to keep their Scion branches open must feel awful, like they were dealing with a company that didn’t care about honesty at all and would say anything to keep them around longer, hoping that the more time they invested, the less likely they were to walk away. So now they know how it feels.

A Life in Videos: The Ekanoo Racing 2JZ GT86

Chances are you’ve heard some news anchor or “social media expert” waxing poetic on TV or the internet about how this generation will have video and picture proof of their entire lives to look back on. That’s boring, nobody cares about your life except your mom and she loves your brother better anyway. What’s not boring is watching the life of Ekanoo Racing’s GT86 as it grows from a little sports car with an engine swap to a fire breathing (literally) six second monster.

Here is the 2JZ swapped GT86 running with a Precision 6262 turbo making 440-whp.

With a bit of tuning and race gas, the 2JZ GT86 made 577-whp. Not bad.

An 11 second pass is nothing to complain about, but running an 11.1 left Ekanoo racing smelling tens and vowing to be back soon.

And they were back, ticking off a 10.9 on Nitto 555 drag tires.

Adding a 4 row intercooler, AEM ECU, and a 3.5-inch exhaust, EKanoo got the GT86 to put down 633-horsepower.

With those new mods, the 2JZ GT86 made a 10.5-second pass at 196-km/h.

After adding new heads, HKS 272 cams, and new axles, the Ekanoo GT86 broke quadruple digits and put down 1,082 wheel horsepower on a dyno.

Then it looks like Ekanoo either painted their GT86 white or bought a new one to use what they had learned on a straight drag car, then promptly grenaded their driveshaft in a shower of sparks at the end of a run.

The first shakedown run with a new driveshaft resulted in a 7.54 1/4 mile at 259-km/h.

Then finally the 6.85-second quarter mile run at 325-km/h that we posted about earlier.

Ekanoo Racing GT86 Drives 6 Second 1/4 Mile

You can do a lot of things in six seconds: make a first impression, shotgun a beer, fix your hair, run 20 yards, disappoint a woman emotionally or physically.

And now: Travel the 1/4 mile in six seconds in a GT86!

Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain just posted this video of their GT86 doing the 1/4 mile in 6.85 seconds. The car, owned by Ebrahim Kanoo, is powered by a 2JZ engine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.

2nd Generation Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Confirmed

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been confirmed for a second generation. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been hits for both companies, but the fate of the boxer engined sports car was in question, partially because of Toyota’s insistence on new body styles, a convertible model most importantly, and Subaru’s reluctance to build anything but the original coupe.

Now Toyota has confirmed that the 2nd generation of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ (and the Toyota GT86 as it’s known in many parts of the world), citing the company’s need for sporty cars to rejuvenate its image.

“we are pretty serious about keeping the GT 86 pure and keeping a car like that in our line-up. Because in the past we dropped cars like the Celicas and fun cars, and we don’t want to lose that again,” said Karl Schlicht, Toyota of Europe’s Executive Vice President told Motoring.com.au. “It hurts the image over time, we want to keep some fun cars in our line-up.”

Despite recent unsourced reports to the contrary, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ will live into another generation. This opens the door to the possibility of Supra built off the FR-S platform. Since Toyota is planning a higher end sports car with BMW power, it would be simple to build the FR-S platform with enough engine bay space to accommodate an in inline six (the current car has proven pretty accepting of larger motors, as all those 2JZ FR-S builds and V8 swaps have proven).

The Story Behind the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

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By now you already know the basics of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ’s genesis – it has a Subaru engine and chassis while the styling was done by Toyota.  That’s not the whole story though, and X Car just released a video detailing the whole story behind the joint venture sports car.

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The interesting part of the story is that it was Toyota that pushed for the car to be built.  Toyota decided they wanted to build a sports car with Subaru and went to the smaller company with the idea.  Subaru was hesitant about the project at first so Toyota took the initiative and built a prototype using an engine out of a Subaru Legacy.  The car came back to Toyota with bald tires and a resounding yes.

What followed was a bit of Romeo and Juliet style fighting over the details of the engine, but luckily Toyota and Subaru are not the Montagues and Capulets and nobody ended up stabbed or poisoned.

 

Image via Etsy

Scion FR-S Convertible Not Dead Yet

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In a will-they-won’t-they more dramatic than Ted and Robin or Ross and Rachel or Tyrion and Cersei (there’s tension there, don’t act like you haven’t wondered) Toyota might decide to go on without Subaru and build a Scion FR-S convertible on its own. Subaru has said that there was no chance for a convertible built on the Subaru BRZ/ Scion FR-S chassis because of safety and performance concerns and since the engineering and construction of the cars is Subaru’s responsibility, the drop top looked dead . Now a Toyota exec is saying the Scion FR-S convertible might get a chance at life, engineered and manufactured by Toyota alone.

Doug Murtha, Scion vice president for North America, said that Toyota is considering moving forward with the Scion FR-S convertible without Subaru and has asked each region to estimate sales of the potential FR-S drop top.

Subaru had said in no uncertain terms that the Scion FR-S convertible prototypes shown to the public and to dealers were just design exercises that had no chance of production. The engineering that would go into maintaining the Subaru BRZ’s performance and safety with the removal of the roof would make the project too expensive for Subaru to undertake.

Murtha understands why Subaru wouldn’t want to purse a BRZ convertible:

“When you look at their global volume relative to our global volume, convert that to (their potential share of the convertible segment), and it’s probably more in Toyota’s interest to pursue a vehicle like that,” he told Ward’s Auto.

The Scion FR-S’ second year of sales missed the company’s 20,000 unit projections, so now Scion is looking for ways to increase sales. The convertible option would be an obvious, if costly way to move cars. Scion does have more limited edition models from the FR-S Series, as well as the upcoming high-end Monogram Edition. The 250-horsepower 2.5-liter Scion FR-S will definitely increase sales, while the potential hybrid model is a little more of a gamble. A sedan FR-S 4-door with a turbocharger and all-wheel drive has also been considered but like the FR-S convertible it could be shot down by Subaru because it would compete too closely with the WRX.

Toyota GT86 CS-R3 – Toyota Builds a BRZ Rally Car

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With Subaru’s racing and performance reputation built on rally championships, it seemed strange that the company would team up with Toyota to build a sports car for the street. The BRZ’s front engine, rear wheel drive configuration is incongruous with the dirt spitting image Subaru has cultivated, so the question loomed: when would a Subaru BRZ rally car show up? Surprisingly, Toyota beat Subaru to the punch with the first rally car built off of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ platform.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced a GT86 CS-R3 rally car that will be available through the customer motorsport program. To fit in with R3 specifications, the GT86 rally car will have a six speed sequential gearbox, a limited slip differential upgraded brakes and a more powerful engine.

Customers will be able to buy the Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car in 2015. The Toyota GT86 rally car will be eligible for all FIA sanctioned rallies including the world Rally Championship. Subaru has not announced a BRZ rally car, but even if it isn’t official, it doesn’t stretch the imagination to picture someone swapping a few body panels and competing with a Subaru BRZ rally car in the WRC.

 

 

Full GT86 CS-R3 Press Release:

11 November 2013

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is proud to announce it will develop a GT86 R3 rally car as part of its customer motorsport programme.

The rear-wheel drive sports car will be converted to R3 specification and made available to private competitors, with delivery expected for the 2015 season.

The car, which will be known as the TMG GT86 CS-R3, will be built according to R3 regulations, meaning it will have a six-speed sequential gearbox, limited slip differential, modified engine, adapted brakes and other upgrades.

Drawing on the experience of developing the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car for the Nürburgring-based VLN series, TMG engineers will modify the base car to the maximum level permitted within the regulations.

The TMG GT86 CS-R3 is targeted at private customers and is eligible for all FIA-sanctioned rallies, up to and including the World Rally Championship. Full specifications and pricing will be announced in the coming months.

Today’s announcement strengthens TMG’s commitment to customer motorsport and rallying, both of which represent key aspects of its long-term business strategy.

With a Yaris R1A already launched plus the ongoing development of a Global Race Engine, TMG is expanding and strengthening its knowledge of rallying and drawing on its proud history in the sport.

TMG’s very existence is founded on rally, having begun life in Cologne in 1979 as Toyota Team Europe (TTE). Under Ove Andersson, the company went on to win four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ World Championships.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “Rallying is in our blood at TMG so it is very exciting to announce that we will be expanding our rally operations. The GT86 CS-R3 promises to be a thrilling car on the rally stages; with rear-wheel drive we can expect some dramatic action which is sure to be entertaining for drivers and fans alike. Through our experience with the TMG GT86 Cup and the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car we have built a solid infrastructure for customer motorsport over the past few years. We will draw on this to deliver a reliable, safe and high-performance car, plus all the required technical support, for our customers. We expect demand to be high so we are looking forward to seeing a lot of GT86 CS-R3 rally cars in action from the beginning of the 2015 season.”

Racing by TMG: The customer racing arm of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is identified by the “racing by TMG” logo, which encompasses race and rally projects designed exclusively for private participants. TMG returned to the world of customer motorsport in 2012 with the launch of the Yaris R1 entry-level rally car, while the same year saw the introduction of the TMG Customer Sport V3 (CS-V3) race car. That car won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and forms the basis of the expanding TMG GT86 Cup, run within the Nürburgring-based VLN series.

Source: Toyota Motorsports Group.