a long slim racer with road aspirations


Toyota other Lexus shot in 2022 Tokyo Motor Show with a modified equipment package. There are two particularly hot parts: one, the GRMN Yaris we have already covered, and this, the Gazoo Racing GT3 Concept which is related philosophically, if not aesthetically, to the Yaris.

Toyota believes that it can provide more pleasure to customers by marketing racing cars than by making customers’ cars faster. So instead of turning one of their street cars into a GT3-class competitor (Toyota does sell a Supra GT4), the GT3 Concept could be a potential racing car for the customer which, as required by the GT3 homologation regulations, would be converted into a road car.

Toyota Gazoo Racing president Koji Sato said the competition division will build a GR GT3 prototype sometime this year. That doesn’t mean the exercise will go beyond this one time, but Gazoo also said, “TGR intends to use feedback and technologies refined through participation in various motoring activities to develop both GT3 and mass-production cars and further promote the making of ever-better cars for motorsports, “so it looks like we’ll be feeling the effects of this somewhere.”

Based on the form factor of the long, low hood and the sloped, truncated rear, we could draw a line from the GR GT3 Concept to the Lexus electrified sports concept the fancy arm appeared in December. Inspired by the LFA, that road car concept was claimed to hit 60 mph in the low 2-second range and be able to sprint 435 miles on one charge. But we think it makes a lot more sense to draw a line from the GR GT3 Concept to Mazda’s RX Vision GT3 Concept March 2020. We do not accuse GR of cheating, but Toyota and mazda they’re tight, and these two concepts could be confused with different skins on the same chassis in a video game. We’d be happy to see both make it to GT3 competition as it means there will be street legal versions and frankly this is probably a better track-to-street road than LMDh endurance racing. hypercar that Gazoo Racing has toyed with becoming an option for the street customer.

Elsewhere from the automaker Tokyo motor show booth, there was a sporty on-road concept from Toyota and two off-road-focused concepts from Lexus. The Toyota bZ4X GR sports concept convert battery to electric Cross in a Friday LA nightclub hopper with a matte black exterior on big wheels with low-profile tires and sport seats inside. The Lexus NX PHEV Off-Road Concept begins with the Lexus NX 450h+ which hit the market in November, is supported by a small riser and knobby tires, with a roof tray placed on top. The iron oxide exterior tone is accented with lots of matte black accents.

Lastly, Lexus brought its hydrogen-powered side-by-side to the show; the recreational off-roader what first shown virtually last December.


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