Toyota SF-R Racing Concept Is Slammed, Squat and Angry

If Dr. Evil’s ill-tempered mutant sea bass had been guppies…

byBrendan McAleer| PUBLISHED Dec 4, 2015 2:59 PM
Toyota SF-R Racing Concept Is Slammed, Squat and Angry

Enter the racing version of Toyota's SF-R concept, a pint-size coupelet with an industrial-grade dose of aggro. Taking the gawp-mouthed machine shown at this year's Tokyo Motor Show to its illogical extreme, the racing version of the SF-R gets slammed to the ground on a 50mm lower suspension, while growing in width and length thanks to extended fenders, a carbon-fiber diffuser with central-exit exhaust, new aero side-skirts and a rear spoiler big enough to function as a sushi bar.

Under that ventilated hood, cooled by a grille with the surface area of a MiG-21’s jet intake, lurks unknown power. Forum chatter, however, seems to be coalescing around a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower.

That's... not a lot. Still, as an ultra-lightweight machine intended to slot below the GT86—marketed in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S—in both power and mass, the SF-R Racing Concept could be thought of as a modern-day, race-prepped Miata.

Ready to debut at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, it's doubtful whether this furious Lilliputian will make it to this side of the Pacific. Pity; we wouldn't have minded unleashing it on the local go-kart track.