Many of the car show we’ve been to, the lot provides as much content as the main deal. The better the show the better the lot. The lot at the Tokyo Auto Salon should provide a few nice rides. Images are all provided by Tomochika Shibata.
The Kawashima Celica.
A stock Celica for comparison.
Loving the character of this R32.
Fender mirrors and a duckbill spoiler. A combo we never see in Toronto
Given this is Japan, this thing is probably static.
What could have been. I HATE the front end of the FT-1. It looks like the Deltawing. The front nose coming down as much as it does is just wrong. I don’t think it works well at all. So I hastily made a version that I think looks much better. Huge front opening, foregoing the droop nose. Oh and it’s dumped on Work wheels. :)
We are upon the dawn of a spectacular sportscar era. If you thought Audi vs.Peugeot or Toyota was good. Wait til 2015 comes around. Joining Audi, Toyota, Porsche (2014) will be both Ferrari (strong rumour) and Nissan. The latter of which just announced a full factory effort for 2015. So thats around 10 works cars gunning for top prize.
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro.
Toyota TS030 Hybrid.
Porsche 919 Hyrbid.
Nissan. Never won Le Mans but had some of the fast Group C machinery.
Ferrari. Last won Le Mans in 1965 with this 250LM.
There are very few racing series left that harken back to true production based machines. Even WTCC and V8 supercars used highly modified vehicles. Trick motors, trannys, diffs and tons of body work. The US based Continental Tire series however, is one of the few true production based series left. The GS class consisting of sportscars with large displacement 6 or 8 cylinder engines, or boosted 4 cylinders. Including the Chevlrolet Camaro, Porsche 911s, Subaru Impreza WRX STIs, Ford Mustangs, BMW M3s, and Aston Martin Vantages. The ST class supports smaller displacement 4 or 6 cylinder coupes, sedans and roadsters. This includes Honda Civics, Mazda Miatas, Hyundai GenesisPorsche Boxsters, Mazda RX-8s, BMW 330is, VW Golfs, Mazda Mazdaspeed3s, Kia Forte Koups, and BMW 128is, I’d love to see the FIA fund and promote a true worldwide showroom stock series. Imagine adding Audi S5s and S3s, Mercedes-Benz C63s and A-Classes, Mitsubishi EVOs, Lexus RC-Fs and ISs, Renault Meganes, Lotus Evoras, Jaguar F-Types. An abundance of full works teams battling it out on big name tracks? It would bring back the win on Sunday sell on Monday sales pitches.
Toyota’s TMG (Their German based racing division, also building the LMP1 car) has confirmed to be constructing a Yaris based WRC spec car for the 2014 season. It will be used as an evaluating platform for a full factory effort in the short future. They seem relatively certain of future rallying programs. VW and Hyundai are full fledged factory WRC programs. M-Sport is a privately funded team running Ford Fiestas. Citroen will be scaling back their WRC commitment with their WTCC endeavor taking first stage. The addition of Toyota is a dose of good news the FIA will take. They need the car count.
After Cars and Coffee and Subaru Hypermeet came the TIres23 BBQ. Year in and year out the BBQ events that local parts stores put one are my favourite. Maybe I’m just a sucker for free food. Definitely wasn’t missing the Tires23 event either. I’ve only been there 10 times or so this summer alone :(.