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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You (a car person) find yourself in a conversation with a friend or acquaintance who is not so much a car person and one way or another you end up on the subject of the MX-5 AKA Miata. Your friend says the following “Miata? Isn’t that a girl’s car?” or something along those lines. You then spend the next 30 minutes combating their disblief talking about how the MX-5 is a near perfect car loved by millions all around the world and is a preferred chassis among road racers everywhere. Sounds all too familiar right?
Just about any car person has had this conversation. Even if you don’t particularly like the MX-5 you still feel inclined to defend it because like it or not it represents the kind of purity that all of us who love to drive seek from our cars. Its so hard for the uninitiated to believe that such a small diminutive vehicle can have such a loyal and fierce following. Yet, it does and has for the last 25 years. For 25 years the MX-5 has put smiles on faces, taken racers to a checkered flag, escorted drivers along beautiful roads, provided a better than average drive to work in the morning and an even better drive home in the afternoon. Its difficult really to sum up the well deserved following and the reasons why that the MX-5 enjoys but to celebrate its 25th anniversary Mazda made a valiant attempt by launching a tribute microsite featuring the original MX-5 program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto talking about why Mazda developed the MX-5 in the first place and what their goals were.
If you like the MX-5 even a little bit then you really want to check this site out. Besides Yamamoto-san telling the epic tale there is also an interactive timeline of all things MX-5! There is more to come as well!
Visit the site here: http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/craftmanship/mx-5/mx-5_25th/
Mazda Launches Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Website
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation launched the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary website at 0:00 (Japan Standard Time) on Monday, February 10, 2014.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Mazda MX-5 (known as Roadster in Japan), the website aims to deepen the bond between Mazda and its customers all over the world and express gratitude for the support the model has received over the years. The website will be gradually updated to provide information on the past, present and future of the Mazda MX-5, including a look back over the model’s 25-year history, messages from the engineers behind its development, and event notices and reports.
During the 1960s and 1970s, numerous lightweight and fun-to-drive sports cars offered nimble handling and free-spirited open-air motoring. In the 1980s, Mazda decided to resurrect this spirit with a new roadster for the modern age. Using the latest engineering techniques of the time, Mazda developed the MX-5 and announced it at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989 as a reminder that driving could still be fun despite ever-stricter safety and quality standards. Through a variety of product improvements and full-redesigns in 1998 and 2005, the body has been kept lightweight and weight distribution optimized in order to enhance driving, safety and environmental performance, while preserving the pure driving fun that is unique to a lightweight open-top sports car.
Total production volume of the Mazda MX-5 exceeded 920,000 units in December 2013, and the model continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car. To date the model has received more than 200 awards from around the world, including Car of the Year Japan 2005-2006.
Popular the world over and passionately adored by a zealous fan base, the Mazda MX-5 is a car that has truly made history. Inheriting the spirit that has remained unchanged since the first generation, the car will continue to offer drivers all around the globe a unique fun-to-drive experience well into the future.
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Ever wanted to know what “one wheel peeler” means? Or if a Takata race harness was strong enough to support the weight of a person? Then this week’s episode of Drift Garage is meant for you! Join Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck as they continue their quest to turn a once downtrodden Nissan 240SX into a budget drift car AKA “missile car”. In this episode the pair also welds a diff, and bolts in new Recaro seats and harnesses! Scroll down and enjoy!
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Are you a hardcore Honda-head? If so you will definitely want to know that today the “Honda Legends” DLC car pack was released for Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One. The car pack includes the 1984 CRX Mugen test vehicle, the 1994 Prelude Si (my favorite car when I was in high school), and the 2014 Civic Si coupe. That is a pretty strong trio for any Honda enthusiast (especially the Prelude!!). OK, now here is the best part about this news: the car pack is FREE! Yep, its is all part of a promo deal with Honda as they get ready to reveal the new Civic Si coupe at the Chicago Auto Show this week. Pretty sweet huh?! You can download the Honda Legends DLC pack right now on Xbox Live but if you want to get a closer look at what you will get then scroll down for the official trailer.
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Back in the day completing a sub-minute lap at Tsukuba Circuit in Japan was a very big deal. These days with the leaps and bounds made in tuning tech, serious time attack cars are starting to knock on the door of 50 second laps, even quicker really. However, changing the equation from a fully prepped time attack car to a car that has a stock engine block is a whole another story. A while back I showed you a preview of the new HKS GT Supercharger fitted on the Arvou S2000. Well, recently the Arvou team took their S2k to Tsukuba in an attempt to click off a 59 second lap. Keep in mind that besides the Supercharger, the Arvou S2000 has a stock engine block! Do they pull it off? Is the HKS GT Supercharger really THAT good? Watch the video below to find out. Oh, and before you ask, they were in fact running street radial tires.
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I showed you the best now its time for me to show you the god awful. It never ceases to amaze me how a huge multi-million dollar company can spend a huge portion of those millions on ad space for one of the most watched television events in the world, yet still drop the ball so hard on executing a commercial. Heck, really it doesn’t even have to be a “great’ commercial as long as its adequate but sometimes they can’t even hit the mediocre mark! What’s going on people?! Sigh…ok lets get this over with.. scroll down please.
Third Place: “Doberhuahua” – Audi
This was more of a disappointment than a straight out bad commercial. First of all lets not get it twisted: I am not an Audi hater. In fact, I like Audi a lot which makes this spot all the more disappointing. Audi has been doing some seriously crazy stuff over the last few months. Remember all that cool new tech they showed off at CES? Laser beam headlights? Cars that can read street signs and park themselves? They’re practically living 5 years in the future but instead of showcasing any of that (the way they did when they partnered up with Marvel and Iron Man) they bring us some weird monster movie throw back staring a creepy mutant dog! What the heck Audi?! There is so much more that could have been done here! I weep at the possibilities… Next year Audi better come correct!
Second Place: “Nice” – Hyundai
Oh Hyundai, like Audi you did so little with so much. When I first learned that Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki would be the lead in Hyundai’s Super Bowl spot I had very high hopes going in. Imagine my disappointment after watching what transpired. I am still not even totally sure what was going on in this spot. Whatever this girl says just magically happens to poor Johnny yet he still can’t get the hint that he stop trying to hit on her from a moving vehicle? BLAH! Dude! I know its a cheap tactic but they could have played off of Johnny’s Big Bang character Leonard Hofstadter! This could have been so much better than it was! Instead it just ended up as a confusing mess.
First Place: “The Truth” – Kia
Here it is. The worst of the worst. What Kia did here is so bad its baffling! No matter what your opinion of the Matrix movies are, I think we can all agree that the character Morpheus is awesome. Yet, the folks at Kia drove up to Lawrence Fishburn’s house with a truck full of money and convinced him that turning the folk hero for the entire people struggling for freedom from robotic overlords into a shill for the K900 was a good idea. I guess there really are no plans for another Matrix movie otherwise there is no way I can see the studio allowing this farce to happen! Thanks to Kia I can no longer take Morepheus seriously! PRO TIP: When trying to advertise your car, don’t ruin a Sci-Fi icon in the process!! FAIL-SAUCE!!
There you have it. The three worst (in my opinion) car commercials from this year’s Super Bowl. Now just to be clear I don’t dislike any of the brands mentioned in this post. I really like Audi and Hyundai won me over with the Genesis coupe and Kia…well I don’t dislike Kia. I am only singling these companies out because of the commercials they made this year, which just happened to not be so great. Really, I want ALL car commercials during the Super Bowl to be awesome but that wont happen unless the OEMs and the ad agencies they hire know what not to do. So consider this a loving (albeit pointed) critique. Let us all hope that these guys do much better next year!
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Happy Friday everyone! Why not kick off the end of the week with another sweet flick from the guys at ClashProduction? Actually, this is kind of a sequel really. Remember a while back when they produced that awesome film of a snow camo’d GT-R racing snowmobiles up a ski slope? Well as usual with most film productions there was a lot of unused footage from that feature so the guys at Clash decided to take the unused footage and cut together a whole new flick. In fact, this new one is even longer than the first one! Scroll down to enjoy 7 glorious minutes of a GT-R playing in the snow
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As soon as Subaru revealed the new 2015 WRX at the LA Auto Show last year many of us (including me) were scratching our heads wondering why there wasn’t an STi version of the new WRX parked right next to the “standard” one on the LA Auto Show floor. Turns out the reason is Subaru decided to wait until Detroit (NAIAS) to reveal the new blue bomber. Personally I kind of think it would have been better to debut a car like this in LA or New York but heyyyyyy what does it really matter? The important bit is that its finally here and its awesome!
Now, be prepared for a bomb shell: the new STi actually has the old (or current) STi’s engine. Yes. The same. So, despite being a new model the STi gets the same 305HP turbocharged boxer engine as before. However, that isn’t what makes this new STi better than the previous one. See, Subaru made the new STi much smarter and more capable in other areas. First of all the STi finally has torque-vectoring which will be a huge help when cornering hard. Secondly, the new STi features an electronic driver controlled center differential.
The new center diff has several “modes” that can be adjusted on the fly by the driver to suit different driving conditions. There are three “automatic” modes and six “manual” modes so the new STi has you covered whether you’re driving to the grocery store or driving up a 60 degree incline on Mt. Fuji! The 2015 STi also has a stiffer chassis than its predecessor and the ”standard” 2015 WRX which should greatly aid in cornering as well.
Beyond that there is a bunch of new creature comforts and tech in the cabin as well as leather and cool exclusive stitching! If you want even more goodies and a sense of elitism then you can always spring for the “launch edition” which will be limited to 1,000 units and include exclusive extras like WR Blue paint, BBS wheels, and more interior bits! For pictures just click any of the thumbnails. To see the new WRX STi in action and read the official press release just scroll down!
ALL-NEW 2015 SUBARU WRX® STI® DEBUTS AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT
• New platform offers a stiffer, more agile chassis for Subaru’s global performance flagship model • Bold new sedan model with aero body design • High-performance chassis with new Active Torque Vectoring • 305 hp turbo BOXER engine; most powerful engine in the segment • Driver Controlled Center Differential All-Wheel Drive • STI Launch Edition limited to 1,000 available
DETROIT - Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the all-new 2015 WRX STI, Subaru’s iconic performance flagship model, at the North American International Auto Show. Subaru will offer a WRX STI Launch Edition, limited to 1,000 units and exclusively featuring WR Blue paint and gold BBS® forged alloy wheels and unique interior trim.
Powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the 2015 WRX STI debuts a new four-door wide-body design, built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and precision. The
WRX STI provides a rally-bred drivetrain and all-wheel drive handling that is unique to this model. Handling is enhanced with a stiffer chassis, firmer springs and faster steering (13.0:1 ratio).
New for the 2015 WRX STI, Active Torque Vectoring joins an arsenal of the model’s proven handling technologies that includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.
The 2015 WRX STI carries its bold personality inside, where new Alcantara seating surfaces accented by red and black leather bolsters and red stitching set the tone for the upgraded and roomier cabin. A driver-focused interior remains integral to the WRX STI performance character, with the new model debuting a motorsports-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel and new whiplash-reducing performance-design front seats with height and tilt-adjustable head restraints. A wide array of new user technologies include, for the first time in a WRX STI, availability of a harman/kardon® premium audio system.
Iconic STI Design Exclusively in Sedan Form
A bolder front design makes the 2015 WRX STI look ready to devour the road. The “nose-cone” configuration combines the grille and bumper cap into one unit ahead of the hood, which for the 2015 model is made from aluminum to reduce weight over the front of the car. Narrower headlights, designed to evoke a raptor’s stare, flank the Subaru hexagonal grille. It’s a more powerful stare thanks to new standard LED low-beam headlights.
The special hood, fenders, doors and quarters, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters convey the WRX STI identity. As on previous WRX STI models, a functional hood scoop supplies the intercooler with fresh air, and in the 2015 model it is set more deeply into the hood to provide better forward visibility.
Other new performance-oriented details include foglight surrounds with a carbon fiber-like pattern and front fender vents that feature a mesh screen. A full aerodynamic body package includes the large trunk spoiler that has been a WRX STI signature feature. A rear diffuser, LED taillights and LED center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) leave a distinctive signature.
New, Stiffer Chassis for Greater Handling Agility
The 2015 WRX STI body structure makes greater use of high-tensile steel than the previous model and features special stiffening elements at key locations. The stiffer chassis helps yield a super-quick steering response that was benchmarked against top-handling sports cars. The 13.0:1 steering ratio provides a quick 2.5 turns lock-to-lock compared to 14.5:1 and 2.8 for the standard WRX model.
As on previous WRX STI models, the 2015 version uses an exclusive inverted-strut front suspension system that provides higher levels of cornering agility. Aluminum front lower L-arms reduce unsprung vehicle weight. The STI-tuned suspension teams with standard 18-inch wheels and 245/40R18 summer performance tires, with the WRX STI Launch Edition and WRX STI Limited models featuring BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels.
305-hp Turbo BOXER Engine
The 2015 WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder BOXER engine that employs the Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS). The engine, which is exclusive to the STI model, produces 305 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.
The WRX STI engine is teamed exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission, which includes an STI short-throw shifter in the Launch Edition model. Incline Start Assist can momentarily prevent the car from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) powertrain management system allows the driver to tailor the car’s driving characteristics by choosing from among three selectable modes – “Intelligent,” “Sport” and “Sport Sharp” – using a rotary dial on the center console. SI-DRIVE alters vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control module and by fine-tuning the electronic throttle control system. Multi-Mode DCCD All-
Wheel Drive with Three-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control
The 2015 WRX STI is exclusively equipped with the Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This sophisticated system uses planetary-type center differential gears with a nominal 41:59 torque split. A mechanical limited-slip type center differential augments an electronically controlled center differential to enhance torque transfer performance.
Sensor inputs that include steering angle, throttle position, RPM, lateral-g, yaw, brake, ABS and wheel speed govern torque transfer response. A helical-type limited-slip front differential and a TORSEN® torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential optimize side-to-side torque distribution.
The DCCD AWD system features three automatic modes, each using varying degrees of center differential locking to match different driving situations. In manual mode, the driver can select one of six center differential locking levels to suit the driving situation.
Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering. The VDC system offers yet more driver choices, with three settings: “VDC Normal,” “Traction” and “Off.” Each provides respectively lesser degrees of system engagement, allowing the driver to tailor response for the driving situation. Active Torque Vectoring remains engaged for “Normal” and “Traction” modes.
A one-inch longer wheelbase than the previous WRX STI helps provide a roomier cabin in the new model. The windshield is more raked than before, with the A-pillar pulled forward nearly eight inches at the base for better forward visibility, aided by a lower dashboard and narrower A-pillars. Lower side sills and wider-opening doors make ingress/egress easier. Rear seat legroom is increased by nearly two inches, and trunk capacity is now 12 cu. ft., up from 11.3 cu. ft. in the previous WRX STI sedan. A standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat extends versatility. New available Welcome Lighting responds to the driver approaching the car.
In the 2015 WRX STI, the driver grips a new flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel that integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth control. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel gets a new 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions, including low-level warnings for oil and windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.
Rich-looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. A new multi-information central display with 4.3-in. LCD screen provides a multitude of vehicle system functions, including a standard rear camera display, a boost gauge display, audio (on non-navigation models), Bluetooth and climate control settings, and a VDC screen showing traction control operation.
The display can also provide a vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.
Standard features for the 2015 WRX STI include dual-zone automatic climate control and the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer). The new standard audio system combines AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, a single-disc in-dash CD player, 6 speakers, MP3/WMA capability, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, iTunes® Tagging, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required), USB port and a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold phones, USB drives and MP3 players.
An available touch-screen navigation system displays on a 6.1-inch LCD screen and offers voice controls. The WRX STI Limited model adds the luxury of leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver’s seat, the harman/kardon premium audio system and a power moonroof that opens one inch farther than on the previous model.
Subaru’s renowned safety package uses the brand’s proven Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure, which has been shown to excel in the new small overlap test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the cabin, a driver’s knee airbag is added to the roster of safety features that includes front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage.
Subaru produces a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.
About Subaru of America, Inc. Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.
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About 15 years ago Toyota (as a whole) set fourth on a grand strategy. They would put more resources behind their Lexus brand and prime it for the upcoming luxury-performance revolution and they would also launch a new youth brand Scion and reach out to a market segment that they weren’t quite hitting with the Toyota brand. This strategy worked out great for Lexus and Scion as it eventually gave us cars like the IS-F and most recently the FR-S but for Toyota this path had an unfortunate side-effect: it drained any “performance” mojo that was left in the Toyota brand. It brought the death of the Celica, the MR-2, and dimmed hopes that the legendary Supra would someday return.
Then, with the success of Lexus and Scion the assumption among enthusiasts was that the Toyota brand didn’t really have an interest in producing performance cars anymore. Scion has its FR-S and Lexus has its “F Sport” cars so Toyota will just stick to Camrys and Corollas. Well according to Toyota those assumptions are all wrong. Sure, there hasn’t been a “Toyota” branded sports car in a long time, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the desire to make one. So, to prove that point Toyota made a sports car! In fact they made a supercar!
Called the “FT-1″. The “FT” stands for “Future Toyota” while the “1″ represents the fact that this car is the ultimate “#1 Toyota”. In short this is to Toyota what the LaFerrari is to Ferrari. Spearheaded by the Calty Design Studio in Newport Beach, CA the FT-1 is Toyota’s message to the world that not only do they still love performance cars but they still have the desire to make them. Inspired by the 2000GT, Celica, and Supra, the FT-1 is “sculpted by function” and made to really be the epitome of what Toyota could do when making a performance car and it really does look the part. I can’t look at the FT-1 without a visceral, primal want to drive it!
Although, as finished and fit as the FT-1 looks Toyota promises that it is only a concept and a message as to what they future may hold but they are careful not to refer to the FT-1 as the next “Supra” or “Celica” or “fill in the blank”. However, despite the fact that the FT-1 is only a concept it can still be driven; just virtually. Yes, the FT-1 is part of the Vision Gran Turismo project and is now a playable car in Gran Turismo 6 for Playstation 3 as you are reading this! As cool as that is, I still hope that someday the FT-1 turns into a production car at some point… For now you can click the thumbnails for HD resolution wall paper pictures. For the full 72 picture gallery just visit our Facebook page, Google+ page, or Flickr page. You can also scroll down for a few videos that go behind the scenes of the FT-1′s development and finally you can read the official press release for yourself below as well. Enjoy it all!
Toyota FT-1 Concept Reveal Video:
Toyota FT-1 Overview Video:
Toyota FT-1 Idea to Reality Video:
DETROIT, Michigan (Jan. 13, 2014) – Toyota virtually blew the doors off the North American International Auto Show with the reveal of the stunning FT-1 sports car concept. First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, FT-1 leapt from the screen to the stage in a race-inspired press conference at COBO Hall.
The name says it all. FT-1 stands for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” represents the ultimate. According to its designers at Calty Design Research, the FT-1 Concept is the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupe design, building upon Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S. In addition, the concept draws inspiration from Calty’s more recent sports car concept work such as FT-HS (2007) and the Lexus LF-LC (2012).
The project started nearly two years ago and represents a labor of love by a passionate, dedicated and gifted Calty design team. “The FT-1 is a dream-project for a designer and car enthusiast like myself,” said Alex Shen, Calty’s Studio Chief Designer. “Our team was heavily influenced by Toyota’s sports car past, especially Celica and Supra, and we sought to capture some of that history. It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe.”
The FT-1’s audacious design represents the pinnacle of Calty’s 40th year of operation. Guided by the Toyota design ethos of Vibrant Clarity, a unique fusion of both emotional and rational factors that delivers a more exciting and dramatic design expression with unique Toyota identity, the concept is a spiritual pace car for Toyota Global Design. The goal of this ideological shift is to develop future generations of products that better connect emotionally with Toyota’s global consumer base.
Traditionally, Toyota’s design decisions have been driven by consensus among a large group of stakeholders. Under Akio Toyoda’s stated directive to invigorate Toyota products with energy, passion and “Waku-Doki” (translation: a palpable heart-pounding sense of excitement), the approval process has been streamlined. This new approach aims to produce cars that connect more deeply with customers, generating a more satisfying ownership experience that complements Toyota’s legendary reputation for quality, dependability and reliability.
“Function-sculpting” design language yields curved, muscular, expressive body forms seemingly shaped by the wind. Inlets, ducting, and vents are features of the exterior design that help reinforce its track–ready nature with elements of purposeful airflow management. At higher speeds a retractable rear wing deploys and tilts forward to create additional downforce. The body’s athleticism is expressed with taut surfaces and dramatic fender forms that seduce the eyes when covered in an unapologetically red hue.
The front engine rear-wheel drive configuration locates the cockpit far rearward within the wheelbase to improve weight distribution. This design element also helps create the classic sportscar proportions one would expect from a vehicle poised to dominate even the most challenging road course. The cockpit’s wraparound windshield and side glass openings are a distinct nod to the design of the legendary Toyota 2000GT.
The interior is a focused, highly functional “place of business” that locates the driver at the controls behind an F1 inspired steering-wheel. The intimate, low slung cockpit has its A-pillars set far back to help optimize cornering vision and sensation of the cabin’s intimacy. A delta-shaped display zone surrounds and integrates the driver to provide an exhilarating sense of being connected to the vehicle. The cockpit’s sense of minimalism adds to the purposefulness of the driver-focused environment with an emphasis on light weight components such as the composite seat covered with just the right amount of padding in only the areas that come into contact with the driver. A color heads-up display keeps the driver’s attention on the road ahead, with vital information projected just above the steering wheel within the driver’s line of sight.
While technical specifications do not accompany the concept, one can assume that the FT-1 represents an ideally balanced front-engine, rear wheel-drive layout that is powered by a high-technology, high performance internal combustion engine. Beneath a transparent glass hood, an ambiguous engine cover hides a powerplant left to the imagination of the onlooker.
In preparation for pitching the concept to Toyota management, Calty worked with Polyphony Digital, creators of the popular Gran Turismo driving simulator, to bring FT-1 to life in a virtual world that captured the excitement, passion and performance conveyed by the concept model. Toyota executives were offered the opportunity to take FT-1 for a timed lap around a computer-generated Fuji Speedway. Behind the wheel of the concept, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, an accomplished race car driver, completed the virtual circuit faster than his best real-world lap time at Fuji in his LFA. From that moment, he was convinced and the concept was approved to be built in model-form for the international auto show circuit.
For Toyota, this concept embodies the possibilities of the new and exciting design mission ahead. “Sports cars represent the ultimate driving expression in its purest form. As car enthusiasts ourselves, this is the kind of project we dream about working on,” said Calty Design Research president Kevin Hunter. “Beyond its obvious five-alarm visual impact, FT-1 is symbolic of a new chapter for Toyota Global Design. This provocative concept truly captures the passion, excitement, and energy of the Toyota we are evolving into and embodies elements of the emotion and performance that Toyota will imprint upon future production designs.”
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When the FR-S was released I was lucky enough to spend a week with one. I also have more than a few friends who own one and love the FR-S deeply. Although despite how awesome the car is there were a few things that both my colleagues and myself felt was missing from Scion’s RWD coupe: leather interior and premium sound. Despite its price the FR-S is a proper sports car and proper sports cars should have a leather option, alas the FR-S did not. While it may seem like a glaring omission it is likely that leather was left off the table to help keep the cost down. This is a totally logical move by Scion but sports car guys really like leather! In fact one of my aforementioned buddies wanted it so badly that after he bought his FR-S he took it to an upholstery shop to have his entire interior re-done in leather! He was the first FR-S owner in the country (maybe the world) to do so!
Well it looks like Scion has heard the cries for moo-hide as they have just announced that they will debuting the “Monogram Series” at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS AKA Detroit Auto Show) next week and Scion will be giving the people exactly what they want. Not only will the Monogram Series FR-S have a leather interior, it will also include premium sound by BeSpoke with navigation, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, smart key with push button start, and heated front seats!
But wait! There’s more! The Scion tC is getting the Monogram Series treatment too! Yes, now both the FR-S and tC can be had with leather, premium sounds, and other goodies. The Monogram Series option package will tack on an extra $1,900 to the FR-S MSRP while the tC package will add about $1,500 to the total price. If FR-S buyers want the premium “white out” exterior color then they’ll need to drop an extra $395.
If you are looking to buy a Scion FR-S or Scion tC in the near future and you want this package then I highly suggest you contact your dealer ASAP as only 2,000 FR-S examples and 2,500 tC examples will be produced! Move fast! Otherwise enjoy some pics below by clicking the thumbnails and for full details on the Monogram Series package feel free to read the official press release below as well.
TORRANCE, Calif., (Jan. 9, 2014) – Exceptional features will now come at even more exceptional prices. The 2014 Scion FR-S and tC gain premium features with the competitively priced, limited edition Monogram Series™ models on display for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Monogram Series vehicles will be available in dealerships starting in February.
“Through this limited edition Monogram Series, Scion brought together extra comforts and conveniences in the FR-S and tC without sacrificing value,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “By incorporating these features as standard for a limited time, we provide a great price to go head-to-head with the competition and encourage more drivers to get excited about experiencing a Scion.”
High-end features like Alcantara® inserts in the FR-S and navigation technology in both the FR-S and tC set the Monogram Series apart. Vehicles will be available in all standard body colors and both transmission options. Just 2,000 of these limited FR-S models and 2,500 tC models will be available this year.
Scion FR-S Monogram Series Specifications
- Leather seats with Alcantara® inserts
- BeSpoke® Premium Audio with navigation and connected services
- Smart Key with push button start
- HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights
- Dual-zone automatic climate control system
- Heated front seats
- Heated outside mirrors
- Frameless rearview mirror
- Color-keyed rear spoiler
- Rear-seat center armrest
- Carpet cargo mat
Pricing: The MSRP for the six-speed manual and six-speed sequential automatic transmissions are $27,400 and $28,500 respectively, representing a value package of over $1,900. There is an additional $395 fee for the premium exterior color Whiteout.
Scion tC Monogram Series Specifications
- Leather trimmed seats with perforated inserts
- BeSpoke® Premium Audio with navigation and connected services
- Smart Key with push button start
- Heated front seats
- Leather shift knob
- Rear window wiper
- Color-keyed low-profile rear spoiler
- Carpet floor and cargo mat
- Upgraded center console lid with accent stitching
- Upgraded interior door trim
Pricing: The MSRP for the six-speed manual and six-speed sequential automatic transmissions are $21,400 and $22,400 respectively, representing a value package of over $1,500.
All Scion models are covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Monogram Series vehicles also come standard with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.
Scion MSRPs do not include a $755 delivery, processing and handling (DPH) for all Scion models. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary. The complimentary Scion Service Boost includes normal factory-recommended maintenance services up to two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour roadside assistance for up to two years from the date of purchase.
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Remember a while back when Lexus released a teaser image of what they said would be their new “F” car to debut at Detroit? And I was so sure that it was going to be a new IS-F? Annoyingly confident even? Well, looks like I was totally wrong! It turns out that the teaser was for the coupe you see above which is the new Lexus RC-F. Yes, that’s an “RC” not an “IS” but hey, we all have an off day every now and then right? Bah! Moving on; regardless of its name the new F car is still pretty fresh looking. It still carries over the new “spindle” front grille (which I am not a huge fan of) although on the RC-F it seems much less…spindle-y. What really makes the RC-F visually impressive are its fender arches and flares. There are some lines on the car that seem so sharp that they could slice tomatoes and other lines that are so smooth they look like they were sculpted by water. Its the blending of the two extremes that make the RC-F visually appealing in my opinion. This kind of styling can easily go wrong but in this instance I think it not only works but works well.
Lexus also added a speed sensitive rear spoiler which will rise up and add extra downforce at speeds over 50mph. Similar to the IS-F the RC-F also employs various ducts to channel air which also adds stability at higher speeds. When it comes to performance Lexus is still somewhat tight lipped. They have stated that the RC-F will have a V8 engine but horsepower and torque numbers have yet to be announced. There is also no information on the RC-F’s suspension package or braking package. I imagine all that info will be made public when the RC-F gets its official debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS AKA Detroit Auto Show) in a few more days. For now check out some pictures courtesy of Lexus by clicking the thumbnails below!
TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2014) – Giving new meaning to “back to the grind,” the daily commute is now transformed into a day at the track with the all-new Lexus RC F. The RC F coupe is styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.
Based on the spectacular all-new RC coupe that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, the RC F has wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber components, each delivering uncompromising grit to the driving experience.
Design Exterior The signature Lexus spindle grille, featuring a subtle F-pattern on the lower half, dominates the front of the RC F from the bottom of the hood to the lower lip. The hood is higher than that of the RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine and create the powerful flared profile suited to an F model. Ducts beneath the front bumper, fenders, and strategically-placed aerodynamic stabilizing fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.
Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear add further aggression. Taking design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, the RC F features an available speed-sensitive active rear spoiler. It enhances the coupe’s lines at standstill and deploys from the RC F’s deck at approximately 50 mph and retracts when the speed is less than 25 mph. The wing helps the RC F maintain traction and stability at higher speeds.
Three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels are available, including two machine polished designs and one design hand polished by a craftsmen.
Design Interior The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a central meter which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, color of the display and size of text can be changed.
Occupant comfort is all important. RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts. All-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests offer the driver and passenger an exceptional performance fit. The seats are available in a selection of five leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.
Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function to provide better foot grip.
The all-new RC F will be revealed at a press conference at the 2014 North American International Motor Show in W-152, formerly known as the Riverview Ballroom, at Cobo Center Jan. 14 at 8:45 am EST. The Lexus press conference will also be streamed live online at www.lexus-int.com/. Follow the hashtag #AsphaltUp for more developments.
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