Is the Scion FR-S too hot for car aficionado Jay Leno?
The host of "The Tonight Show" made his first trip to Japan in August and made a pit stop at Toyota. While touring headquarters and the Toyota-owned Fuji Speedway Formula One circuit, Leno got behind the wheel of two Toyota classics -- a Toyota AA replica and the 2000GT -- and the new FR-S, which aspires to join them.
The AA debuted in 1936 as Toyota's first production sedan. And the 2000GT was the 1960s sports coupe featured as the Bond car in the 007-flick You Only Live Twice.
On hand for the FR-S sampling was Japanese drift king Keiichi Tsuchiya to teach Leno the fine points of performance driving. But the pupil left something to be desired. Leno's ensuing series of frustrating spinouts, captured on video, had the nervous racer Tsuchiya reaching for the handbrake.
"As you can see, it's all finesse -- something I do not have," Leno says in a clip viewed by Automotive News. "I think I scared him."
Video of Leno sampling all three cars will be uploaded to his car fan Web site, jaylenosgarage.com.