Scion FR-S to test mettle in May’s 24 Hours Nurburgring race
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TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. is taking the Scion FR-S to the track where Toyota President Akio Toyoda obsesses about building his brand’s street cred: Germany’s Nurburgring.
Two of the sporty coupes, complete with massive spoiler and black, red and white paint job, will be fielded in this year’s 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race, which takes place May 17-20.
The cars will be entered in the grueling contest by Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s tuning and racing arm. The $24,930 four-cylinder racers will run alongside the $376,500 V-10 Lexus LFA, which Gazoo has been racing at the Ring since 2008. Prices include shipping.
Toyoda, an avid race driver who has taken his turn behind the wheel in past Nurburgring events, cherishes the demanding circuit as a way to field-test his cars -- and show off their performance potential in a grass-roots, low-cost environment.
The Scion FR-S, which will race under the Toyota 86 nameplate at Nurburgring, is Toyoda’s latest pet project, following his championing of the LFA. Toyoda spent numerous hours test driving the new coupe and demanding tweaks during development.
The car goes on sale this spring in the United States.
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