Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video]

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Scion , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon Gazoo Racing has teased a new take on the Toyota GT86 (our Scion FR-S ) that it is bringing to next week’s Tokyo Auto Salon . Having only posted a picture of the coupe’s rear wing and backlight on its Facebook page, we have no idea what the rest of the concept will offer. If last year’s introduction is any guide, there should be plenty more bodykit and power to go along with that wing. Speaking of last year’s concept, Gazoo has released some new track footage of its twin-charged GRMN Sports FR Platinum Concept from last year’s Salon. It will return to this year’s show alongside the new car, and you can watch it drift deliciously in the new video below . Continue reading Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video] Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Prius camper conversion has us charging for the woods

Toyota Prius camper conversion has us charging for the woods

January 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Etc. , Hatchback , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon , Specialty , Design/Style Love it or hate it, Toyota has done an impressive job with the Prius . What started as a single model has grown to a whole family, including the versatile new Prius V minivan. But for some even that won’t prove enough space, so Japanese conversion outfit Campinn has developed this rather bizarre appendage for the standard Prius hatchback. Unveiled this weekend at the Tokyo Auto Salon , this conversion turns the current Prius into a camping van of sorts, complete with convertible sofa-bed and overhead sleeping area. It’s made of fiber-reinforced plastic and boosts the car’s length to 196 inches and its height to 81.1, and comes complete with a skylight and a back door for slipping out un-noticed when people are gathered around the front gawking and laughing at what looks like a hybrid with a tumor. Toyota Prius camper conversion has us charging for the woods originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Classic Toyota 2000GT turned into solar-powered EV

Classic Toyota 2000GT turned into solar-powered EV

January 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Classics , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Technology , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon , Electric Saying the Toyota 2000GT holds a special place in our hearts is akin to calling oxygen and water kind of important to our survival. The long-nose two-door was envisioned as a suitable competitor to the likes of the European sports cars rolling out Italy and the UK at the time, and in many ways, the Toyota was far superior. Built at a time when Japan Inc. wasn’t exactly known for beautiful automobile designs, the 2000GT may have been influenced by European cars of its day, but it has stood the test of time as one of the country’s all-time design greats. The low-volume coupe is a piece of automotive legend, which is exactly why choosing to use a 2000GT as a platform for an electric conversion strikes us equal parts blasphemous and awesome. But that’s exactly what Japan’s Crazy Car Project has done. The engineers behind the exercise ditched the standard 2.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine in favor of a 161-horsepower electric motor. A 35kWh lithium-ion battery provides the system with power, and the hood has been covered with photovoltaic cells to help keep the car going. Likewise, the back glass is covered in a transparent solar panel. All told, the system can propel the vehicle to around 124 mph.

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