Sunday, April 24, 2011

Toyota Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series Nashville Superspeedway Post Race Notes & Quotes

Toyota Motorsports LogoTOYOTA NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Post-Race Notes & Quotes Nashville Superspeedway — April 23, 2011 - Kyle Busch (second) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Nashville Superspeedway. - Camry driver Joey Logano earned a fourth-place result in the 300-mile race at the 1.33-mile Tennessee race...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2011/nationwide/04/23/toyota-motorsports-nascar-nationwide-series-nashville-superspeedway-post-race-notes-quotes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=toyota-motorsports-nascar-nationwide-series-nashville-superspeedway-post-race-notes-quotes

Ryan Joseph Newman Kyle Eugene Petty Floyd Anthony Raines Scott Russell Riggs Hiroshi Fushida

Kubica expected to leave hospital within 10 days (PA SportsTicker)

F1 driver Robert Kubica expects to leave the hospital within the next 10 days after recovering from multiples injuries in a crash two months ago.

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/kubica-expected-to-leave-hospital-within-10-days-pa-sportsticker.html

Kasey Kenneth Kahne Matthew Roy Kenseth Alan Dennis Kulwicki Travis Wade Kvapil Robert Allen Labonte

BMW?s New Three-, Four-, and Six-Cylinder Engine Family Detailed, Magicked Into Being By Laser-Wielding Sentient Robots

Sweeping changes are afoot at Bavarian Motor Works, as the automaker confirms plans to bring three-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines to market as part of a new, modular engine family. The base engine in the family?its heart, if you will?is a four-cylinder, from which an inline-six will be derived; that engine in turn forms the [...]

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Jeremy Allan Mayfield James Christopher McMurray Casey James Mears Juan Pablo Montoya Joseph Francis Nemechek III

Burton extends contract with RCR

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/19/1140800/burton-extends-contract-with-rcr.html

Piercarlo Ghinzani Bruno Giacomelli Dick Gibson Gimax Richie Ginther

Name That Exhaust Note, Episode 85: 2011 BMW 1-series M Coupe

On Tuesday, we posted an audio recording of a mystery car?s exhaust note. To hear it again, click play above. Many of you figured out that this week?s sound came from the 2011 BMW 1-series M coupe. Like that sound? Download the MP3 and quiz your friends, make your own ringtone, or just lull yourself [...]

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Denny Hamlin Z Line Toyota Kyle Busch Toyota Kimmy Z Line Designs Toyota

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Michael Mallock Interview

This year sees Michael Mallock make a welcome return to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, and although the 2010 European FIA GT4 pilot made cameo appearances in the KTM X-Bow last season, it’s his first serious attack on the series in eight years.� Joining forces once again with Athanasios Ladas and the ABG Motorsports team, Mallock will contest the G4 class as he continues to carve out a name for himself in the motor-sport archives of the future. With the ink on his British GT Championship deal barely dry, we caught up with the Englishman to discuss his past, present and future in racing. Q:���� With the various 2011 race seasons about to get under-way, what are you doing at the moment? A:���� Well, I?ve just put pen to [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/sports-cars/le-mans/michael-mallock-interview/

Joseph Francis Nemechek III Ryan Joseph Newman Kyle Eugene Petty Floyd Anthony Raines Scott Russell Riggs

F1: We Have To Work On Everything - Alonso

Fernando Alonso says he has faith in his team...

Source: http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/f1-we-have-to-work-on-everything-alonso/

Jason Leffler David Carl Allison Gregory Jack Biffle David Lee Blaney Michael Duane Bliss

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 to start at $55,675*

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The Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster has received a substantial makeover for 2012, with reworked powertrains and more masculine sheetmetal. The SLK350's new 3.5-liter V6 helps back up that fresh dose of manliness with 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, thanks to the addition of direct injection. Having driven the roadster, we found the upgrades help make the car more entertaining to drive, and now we can put a price tag on these refinements.

Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2012 SLK350 will start at $55,675 (*including $875 in destination charges). That's a $1,500 increase over the 2011 model - a fair shake considering the updates. For comparison's sake, the folding hardtop SLK350 carries an MSRP that's $4,800 more than the Audi TTS Roadster and $950 more than the BMW Z4 sDrive35i. It does, however, continue to price out lower than the similarly powered Porsche Boxster S, which starts at $58,600. The SLK350 goes on sale on June 1.

If $55,675 is too rich or too powerful for your blood, you can opt to wait until February for the SLK250. Unfortunately, Mercedes hasn't announced pricing for the SLK250, but we do know that it will feature a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Now, about that AMG...



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Ignazio Giunti Timo Glock Helm Glöckler Paco Godia Carel Godin de Beaufort

Symonds undertaking review of Virgin

Virgin Racing has asked former Renault technical director Pat Symonds to undertake a full review of its operation in a bid to help turn around its disappointing start to the 2011 campaign, AUTOSPORT has learned.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/symonds-undertaking-review-of-virgin/

Tom Jones Juan Jover Oswald Karch Narain Karthikeyan Ukyo Katayama

Wood Tames Thompson

The iRacing.com Street Stock Series made its second stop at Thompson International Speedway during the season for some classic short track action in New England.� A total of 719 sim racers tried to tame the beast known as Thompson, but there was one man who stood above them all at the weeks end and that was AJ Wood (Plains).� Wood?s week was full of twos.� Wood?s two starts, two wins and two poles earned him 166 points for Week Eleven, a small margin over second place point earner, Cyril Nousbaum (France) who earned 161 points for the week.� Nick Ottinger (Carolina), Robert Cottell Jr (Ohio) and Jeff Dillon (Atlantic) round-out the top five for Week Eleven. Although Wood earned the most points during Week Eleven, it was Ottinger who won [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/iracing-news/wood-tames-thompson/

Hans Herrmann François Hesnault Hans Heyer Damon Hill Graham Hill

Retro Racing: DePaolo?s all-star team was Fantastic Five (NASCAR.com)

Retro Racing: DePaolos all-star team was Fantastic Five

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/retro-racing-depaolos-all-star-team-was-fantastic-five-nascar-com.html

Juan Pablo Montoya Joseph Francis Nemechek III Ryan Joseph Newman Kyle Eugene Petty Floyd Anthony Raines

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ? Auto Shows

Jeep?s harebrained hooligan returns with more power and more menace. It was at the New York auto show six years ago that Jeep introduced the first Grand Cherokee SRT8. When it debuted, any context for the truck was nearly nonexistent?although a bizarrely appropriate challenger appeared at that same show in the form of the Chevrolet [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/caranddriver/blog/~3/gb3HBMmDEz4/

Jason Leffler David Carl Allison Gregory Jack Biffle David Lee Blaney Michael Duane Bliss

2011 Jeep Wrangler Mojave ? Auto Shows

Another Jeep special edition, and this one involves lizard stickers. Nearly every automaker churns out special editions, but few have been doing it for as long as Jeep, a brand that?s been dressing up its iconic off-roaders since the Tuxedo Park CJ-5s of the early 1960s. (Among the more famous special Jeeps is the Golden [...]

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Maurício Gugelmin Dan Gurney Hubert Hahne Mike Hailwood Mika Häkkinen

COLORMATCH Returns With JD Motorsports; Mike Wallace At Nashville Superspeedway

JD MotorsportsJD Motorsports is excited to announce that COLORMATCH, a leader in the distribution of collision repair products to the auto body industry, will sponsor the #01 Chevy for this weekend?s race in Nashville, TN. COLORMATCH also sponsored Mike Wallace and JD Motorsports at the race in Bristol, TN earlier this season. ?We are really...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2011/nationwide/04/21/colormatch-returns-with-jd-motorsports-mike-wallace-at-nashville-superspeedway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=colormatch-returns-with-jd-motorsports-mike-wallace-at-nashville-superspeedway

Taki Inoue Innes Ireland Eddie Irvine Chris Irwin Jean Pierre Jabouille

Busch gets another Trucks win

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/23/1148622/iowa-speedway-wants-cup-race.html

Jimmie Kenneth Johnson Kasey Kenneth Kahne Matthew Roy Kenseth Alan Dennis Kulwicki Travis Wade Kvapil

Andretti: More to come from Conway

Michael Andretti is predicting there is more to come from his team and Mike Conway following the Briton's maiden IndyCar victory at Long Beach. Conway, who was sidelined at the 2010 Indy 500 after a massive accident, took a sensational win for Andretti's team on Sunday. Andretti said he had never had any doubts about Conway's determination following his crash, and claimend he expected the Briton to be hungrier than before.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/indycar-news/indycar/andretti-more-to-come-from-conway/

Bruce Johnstone Alan Jones Tom Jones Juan Jover Oswald Karch

Hamilton hails McLaren?s turnaround

Lewis Hamilton has hailed his McLaren team for "performing a miracle" to turn around its car for the start of the 2011 season following his first win of the year in China. The British squad struggled for pace and reliability during winter testing, but started the season strongly, with Hamilton finishing in second place in Australia

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/hamilton-hails-mclarens-turnaround/

Bill Homeier Kazuyoshi Hoshino Jerry Hoyt Nico Hülkenberg Denny Hulme

Friday, April 22, 2011

2012 Volvo S60 and XC60 R-Design Official Photos and Info ? Auto Shows

These sportier Volvos each have 325 reasons to go rather than stop. For Swedish performance aficionados who remember the Volvo R sedans and wagons from the ?90s and early 2000s, Volvo?s recent R-Design packages left much to be desired. Rather than increase power, those add-ons were being limited to stiffer suspension bits, flashy wheels, and [...]

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Cliff Griffith Georges Grignard Bobby Grim Romain Grosjean Olivier Grouillard

2012 Mazda 3 / Mazdaspeed 3 Official Photos and Info ? Auto Shows

Mazda?s compact 3 gets a new powertrain and a mid-cycle refresh. Mazda is using the New York auto show to formally introduce a raft of mid-cycle changes for its Mazda 3 sedan and five-door hatchback. We received a few initial details in February, but here now is the full scoop on the mechanical and stylistic [...]

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David Carl Allison Gregory Jack Biffle David Lee Blaney Michael Duane Bliss Kurt Thomas Busch

PROLONG SPONSORS PRO-BUGGY CLASS CHAMPION JOHN HOLMES

PROLONG POMONA, Calif, Wed, 20 Apr 2011 Prolong(r) Super Lubricants announces its sponsorship of pro-buggy class racer John Holmes, the 2009-2010 Glen Helen Pro-Buggy champion and Baja 1000 champion. Holmes drives a single seat racer engineering chassis with a Toyota...

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2011/04/prolong_sponsors_pro-bugg.php

Randy Joseph Lajoie Kevin Paul Lepage William Ashton Lewis Jr Sterling Burton Marlin Mark Anthony Martin

?Don?t Be a Jerk? ? The Wrong Message at the Wrong Time

This week, the New York City Department of Transportation began promoting its online (and thankfully multilingual) ?Bike Smart Pledge,? asking cyclists to yield to pedestrians, stop at red lights and stop signs, ride in the direction of traffic, stay off the sidewalk, and have the proper lighting when riding at night. This will soon [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/04/21/dont-be-a-jerk-the-wrong-message-at-the-wrong-time/

Robert Allen Labonte Terrence Lee Labonte Randy Joseph Lajoie Kevin Paul Lepage William Ashton Lewis Jr

Mike Conway storms to victory in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach

Mike Conway IZOD IndyCar Series Long Beach, California London, UK - Monday 18th April Mike Conway secured his first victory in IndyCar with a storming drive through the field at Long Beach, California....

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2011/04/mike_conway_storms_to_vic.php

Terrence Lee Labonte Randy Joseph Lajoie Kevin Paul Lepage William Ashton Lewis Jr Sterling Burton Marlin

2011 New York Auto Show Round Up

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It's official. Our coverage of the 2011 New York Auto Show has come to an end. Take a look at every significant automobile that we covered from The Big Apple. There's something here for everyone, from sports cars to budget rides to mainstream machines. That's a total of 33 vehicles, for those keeping track. Got any favorites? Let us hear about them in the Comments. See ya in New York next year!

2012 Fiat 500c 2012 Honda Civic
2012 Kia Rio 2011 Chrysler 200S 2012 Mazda3
Suzuki EcoCharge Concept
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T
Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Scion FR-S Concept
2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 2011 Jeep Wrangler Mojave 2012 VW Beetle
2012 Nissan Versa
2012 Jeep SRT8

2011 New York Auto Show Round Up originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Duncan Hamilton Lewis Hamilton David Hampshire Sam Hanks Walt Hansgen

It?s the Sprawl, Stupid ? The Budget Buster No One?s Talking About

Buffalo tripled its area served by infrastructure between 1950 and 2000 but added no population. And we wonder why states are broke. Photo: Urbanophile
Across the nation, there’s a lot of hand wringing going on about how state budget crises will affect local communities. Will trash pickup be less frequent? Will senior services be cut? [...]

Source: http://streetsblog.net/2011/04/21/the-budget-buster-no-ones-talking-about-its-the-sprawl-stupid/

Denny Hulme James Hunt Jim Hurtubise Gus Hutchison Jacky Ickx

JR Motorsports (Aric Almirola / Josh Wise) Nashville Superspeedway Preview

JR MotorsportsJR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet / No. 7 NASCAR The Game 2011 Chevrolet EVENT ? Nashville 300 (225 laps / 300 miles) TRACK ? Nashville Superspeedway (1.33-mile D-shaped oval) DATE ? Saturday, April 23, 2011 TV / RADIO ? ESPN (coverage begins at 2 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2011/nationwide/04/20/jr-motorsports-aric-almirola-josh-wise-nashville-superspeedway-preview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jr-motorsports-aric-almirola-josh-wise-nashville-superspeedway-preview

Gimax Richie Ginther Yves Giraud Cabantous Ignazio Giunti Timo Glock

Today?s Headlines

Building a Better Bus Terminal Might Be the Most Important Transit Project in the NYC Region (WSJ)
NYPD Union Delegates, Highway Patrol Implicated in Ticket-Fixing Scandal (NYT, Post)
Bloomberg: Ticket-Fixing Couldn’t Happen Today (DNAinfo, NY1)
Van Driver Critically Injures Woman in Sunset Park; NYPD: “No Criminality” (Post)
Gotham Gazette Checks in on PlaNYC’s Progress
Conservatives and Libertarians Call Out O’Toole, [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/04/19/todays-headlines-1122/

Dan Gurney Hubert Hahne Mike Hailwood Mika Häkkinen Bruce Halford

Infineon thinks Outside the Oval

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2011/04/infineon-thinks-outside-oval.html

Virgil Ernest Irvan III Kenny Dale Irwin Jr Dale Arnold Jarrett Jimmie Kenneth Johnson Kasey Kenneth Kahne

Burton extends contract with RCR

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/19/1140800/burton-extends-contract-with-rcr.html

Casey James Mears Juan Pablo Montoya Joseph Francis Nemechek III Ryan Joseph Newman Kyle Eugene Petty

2012 Kia Rio / Rio5 ? Auto Shows

Kia?s poster child for basic transportation isn’t so basic any more. Kia’s subcompact, the Rio, has always been misleadingly named. A more appropriate?but admittedly less alluring?moniker would have been the Kia Des Moines: a fine enough place to spend a few hours, so long as you can get out after that. With the 2012 Rio, [...]

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Karl Kling Ernst Klodwig Kamui Kobayashi Helmuth Koinigg Heikki Kovalainen

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Infineon thinks Outside the Oval

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2011/04/infineon-thinks-outside-oval.html

Casey James Mears Juan Pablo Montoya Joseph Francis Nemechek III Ryan Joseph Newman Kyle Eugene Petty

DRIVEN: Ford Puts Europe Into Focus

Compact gets a major upgrade for 2012 in style and drivability by sharing DNA with its Continental counterpart.

Source: http://automotive.speedtv.com/article/driven-ford-puts-europe-into-focus/

Willi Heeks Nick Heidfeld Theo Helfrich Mack Hellings Brian Henton

Subaru XV Concept ? Auto Shows

A look at the next Impreza hatchback.. Subaru has invented a word to describe the XV concept debuting at the Shanghai auto show: ?protren,? a combination of ?professional tool? and ?trendy design.? Such clunky wordsmithing was unnecessary, though, since this is simply a tarted-up version of the next Impreza hatchback. (Our choice would have been [...]

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Brian Henton Johnny Herbert Al Herman Hans Herrmann François Hesnault

Fiat 500C to Start at $20,000, Configurator Live

U.S. pricing for the Fiat 500C has been announced, and the diminutive droptop will start at $20,000 for the base Pop model, or a hefty $4000 more than a 500 Pop three-door hatchback. (For reference, Smart puts a $3K premium on the convertible version of its Fortwo Passion.) The top-spec 500C Lounge, the only other [...]

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Kyle Thomas Busch Jeffrey Tyler Burton Richard Allen Craven Kerry Dale Earnhardt Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr

Speak Your Mind: Two-car drafts vs. pack racing, and the yellow line rule

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2011/04/speak-your-mind-two-car-drafts-vs-pack.html

Kevin Harvick Armour Vienna Sausage Kroger Chevrolet Clint Bowyer Zaxby s Chevrolet Brad Keselowski

Why I Love NASCAR: Live Cup Races

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2011/04/why-i-love-nascar-live-cup-races.html

Helmuth Koinigg Heikki Kovalainen Kevin Harvick Armour Vienna Sausage Kroger Chevrolet Clint Bowyer

Brazilian stock car driver dies in hospital

Hospital officials say a Brazilian stock car driver has died from head injuries he sustained in a crash at Interlagos track in Sao Paulo. The Alvorada Hospital says in a statement that 67-year-old Paulo Kunze died Wednesday morning as a result of injuries from Sundays crash. Kunze reportedly lost control in a high-speed corner during a race and his car rolled several times.

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/brazilian-stock-car-driver-dies-in-hospital-ap.html

Miguel Ángel Guerra Roberto Guerrero Maurício Gugelmin Dan Gurney Hubert Hahne

RML pushing to rebuild Plato?s car

The RML Chevrolet squad is battling to get Jason Plato's car rebuilt for the final British Touring Car race at Donington Park after his roll in the second event. Plato started near the back of race two after a puncture in the morning's race, and was forced off after Gordon Shedden's Honda Racing Civic touched Liam Griffin's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus. The Ford touched Plato, sending him off at the Craner Curves, where the Chevrolet Cruze then rolled

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/touring-cars/btcc/rml-pushing-to-rebuild-platos-car/

Richard Allen Craven Kerry Dale Earnhardt Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr Carl Michael Edwards III

AT&T Williams 2011 Chinese GP Review

AT&T Williams 2011 Chinese GP Review18 APRIL 2011 AT&T Williams registered its first finishes of the year in the Chinese Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello came home 13th, while his rookie team?mate Pastor Maldonado saw the chequered flag for the first...

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2011/04/att_williams_2011_chinese_3.php

Johnny Herbert Al Herman Hans Herrmann François Hesnault Hans Heyer

F3 drivers penalised at Monza

Four British Formula 3 drivers have been handed penalties for corner-cutting during this afternoon's 40-minute feature race at Monza. Fortec's Will Buller and Fahmi Ilyas, Carlin's Rupert Svendsen-Cook, and Double R's Scott Pye have all been dropped down the order for their transgressions. Buller, who finished fourth on the road, has been dropped to seventh, and Svendsen-Cook, who finished sixth, has been dropped to eighth.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/3rdparty/f3-drivers-penalised-at-monza/

Brian Hart Gene Hartley Masahiro Hasemi Naoki Hattori Paul Hawkins

CicLAvia 2011: Angelenos (And Their Mayor) Take Back the Streets

Los Angeles’s CicLAvia is more than a seven and a half mile street party with a funny name. In a city so closely associated with cars and car culture, it’s one of the many signs that Los Angeles is changing and one’s status is not represented by the vehicle one owns.
For the people [...]

Source: http://www.streetfilms.org/ciclavia-2011-los-angelenos-take-back-the-streets/

Jim Hall Duncan Hamilton Lewis Hamilton David Hampshire Sam Hanks

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

RCR and Caterpillar Renew Partnership on No. 31 Chevrolet

Burton also signs multi-year deal with RCR 2011 NSCS Jeff Burton - Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCARWELCOME, N.C. (April 19, 2011) — Richard Childress Racing and Caterpillar have reached agreement to continue their partnership on the No. 31 Chevrolet which began with the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Jeff Burton, driver of...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2011/sprintcup/04/19/rcr-and-caterpillar-renew-partnership-on-no-31-chevrolet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rcr-and-caterpillar-renew-partnership-on-no-31-chevrolet

Yuji Ide Jesús Iglesias Taki Inoue Innes Ireland Eddie Irvine

New York 2011: Scion FR-S Concept is "friggin' really sweet"

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Scion FR-S Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Another auto show, another version of Toyota and Subaru's joint partnership rear-wheel-drive sports car. We saw Toyota's FT-86 II concept in Geneva earlier this year, along with the chassis for Subaru's version of the car. Now here in New York, Scion has taken the wraps off of its FR-S, a sexy little number that rides on this same platform.

FR-S, which stands for "front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sport," (or "friggin' really sweet," according to Jack Hollis, Scion's vice president) is the automaker's homage to the infamous AE-86 Corolla - a car that was highly praised for its lightweight body and superb balance without having to churn out a ton of power. Under the hood is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The FT-S rides on sharp 20-inch wheels, hiding an absolutely monstrous set of 18-inch carbon ceramic brake rotors that are fixed to the wheels like a motorcycle. Don't count on those making production...

Hollis says that the FR-S' design is inspired by the legendary Toyota 2000GT, and we can even see a bit of Lexus LF-A in the angular shapes that blend with sleek curves. This is one hot concept, and we're told that it previews a new addition to the Scion family coming in 2012. (Yeah, we know.)

Enough with the drooling. Just give us the production car.

See the sexy FR-S for yourself in our high-res image gallery below, and hit the jump for Scion's official press release.




Live photos copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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Bruce Johnstone Alan Jones Tom Jones Juan Jover Oswald Karch