JapaneseSportCars.com http://www.japanesesportcars.com Japanese Sport Cars Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:17:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Scion Unveiled 5-door Hatchback iM Concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-im-concept-2014-los-angeles_35513.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-im-concept-2014-los-angeles_35513.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:16:34 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35513 2014 Scion iM Concept

2014 Scion iM Concept

Scion unveiled the iM Concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and also revealed its plan for the production model.

Targeting younger generation, the iM Concept gets its name from the characteristics of the audience it aims at.  According to Scion, “the “i” stands for individuality, intriguing and a good fit for customers’ income.  The “M” stands for modern, multifaceted and magnetic.”

A five-door hatchback with a grounded appearance and a sporty look inspired by those seen on the European touring car racing circuit, the Scion iM Concept is suitable for driving in the city where it can provide excellent fuel efficiency, sporty maneuver and easy parking. It rides on adjustable height racing suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Detailed specifications will be available when the Scion iM production version arrives at the showrooms in 2015. Scion suggested the price to be under $20,000 in order to attract the younger drivers.

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Lexus Debuted 2+2 Roadster LF-C2 Concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show http://www.japanesesportcars.com/lexus-roadster-lf-c2-concept-2014-los-angeles_35507.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/lexus-roadster-lf-c2-concept-2014-los-angeles_35507.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:41:09 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35507 Lexus debuted its new 2+2 roadster concept, the LF-C2, at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Showing Lexus’ future design direction, the LF-C2 concept has 2+2 layout and is originated from idea of a simple sports coupe with nothing whatsoever to cover the cabin.

The exterior design of the LF-C2 Concept is inspired “by the way the surface shapes interact with different types of light”.  Together with the custom golden yellow paint, the car shows a different character when looked from different angles or from under different lighting conditions.  “We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light,” – said Yasuo Kajino, chief designer LF-C2, Lexus Design Division.  “When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before.”

Measured 185 inches in length, 72.4 inches in width and 54.5 inches in height, the LF-C2 concept features a front bumper that have vents to manage airflow and to send cool air to the front brakes, side sills that also have vents to send air to the rear brakes, an exhaust system with chrome-covered quad exhaust tips, a new rear diffuser design, and 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

See “Press Release” for more details.

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Mazda Unveiled All-New CX-3 at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show http://www.japanesesportcars.com/mazda-cx-3-2014-los-angeles-auto-show_35497.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/mazda-cx-3-2014-los-angeles-auto-show_35497.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:25:40 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35497 All-New 2016 Mazda CX-3

All-New 2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda debuted the all-new CX-3 2016 model year at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.  Categorized as a compact crossover SUV, the new Mazda CX-3, like other Mazda’s new-generation vehicles, features “KODO-Soul of Motion design” and a full range of the SKYACTIV including powertrain and construction technology that are more fuel efficient and lighter.  The new CX-3, said Mazda, is designed to “suit the customer’s creative lifestyle in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors.”

All-New 2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

All-New 2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

Measured 168.3 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 61 inches tall, the Mazda CX-3 is placed below the CX-5 model.  According to Mazda, “the body size makes the CX-3 easy to handle, even when driving in town or parking”.

The new CX-3 will go on sale globally in 2015.  For North America, the new CX-3 will be available with Mazda’s new-generation AWD system, and powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-L engine teaming with standard equipped SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission.

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Lexus LF-C2 Concept http://www.japanesesportcars.com/lexus-lf-c2-concept-video-clip_35488.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/lexus-lf-c2-concept-video-clip_35488.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:52:11 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35488 Lexus LF-C2 Concept (World premiere at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show)

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Scion iM Concept http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-im-concept-video-clip_35484.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-im-concept-video-clip_35484.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:25:14 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35484 Scion iM Concept (Unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show)

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2016 Mazda CX-3 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/2016-mazda-cx-3-video-clip_35480.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/2016-mazda-cx-3-video-clip_35480.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:55:57 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35480 2016 Mazda CX-3 exterior, interior, and driving scenes

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Toyota to Unveil the 2015 Sienna with SpongeBob Theme at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show http://www.japanesesportcars.com/2015-toyota-sienna-spongebob-theme-la-auto-show_35472.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/2015-toyota-sienna-spongebob-theme-la-auto-show_35472.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:22:13 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35472 2015 Toyota Sienna SpongeBob Concept

2015 Toyota Sienna SpongeBob Concept

At the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, Toyota will display a unique concept car built based on the 2015 Sienna and the concept of the Nickelodeon movie’s forthcoming film, the SpongeBob Movie: “Sponge Out of Water”.

“Toyota is again teaming up with SpongeBob to help him and his friends go places in a custom ride inspired by their upcoming dry land adventures.” – According to Toyota’s vice president of marketing, Jack Hollis.

The Sienna SpongeBob Concept has a 3-D SpongeBob SquarePants exterior and a “Superhero Incredibubble” mask that blows real bubbles at the top of the van. Inside, the car features a Captain’s steering wheel, colorful seats that are inspired by each of SpongeBob’s Bikini Bottom pals, a blue-sky head liner, and a sand-inspired floor.

Mr. Hollis added, “The 2015 Sienna is a perfect choice for families and superheroes alike – offering seating for up to eight and a bubble blower attachment feature to boot.”

After the LA Auto Show, the SpongeBob van will be on display at different promotional tour stops. Pictures and Information on its destinations is available at www.nick.com/toyota

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Toyota Names Its New Fuel Cell Sedan Vehicle “Mirai” – the 2016 Toyota Mirai http://www.japanesesportcars.com/toyota-fuel-cell-sedan-vehicle-mirai_35464.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/toyota-fuel-cell-sedan-vehicle-mirai_35464.html#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:32:09 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35464 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan

Toyota finally came up with a name for its new Fuel Cell vehicle and it is called “Mirai”, meaning “future” in Japanese.

Indeed, this is a car of the future since it employs fuel cell that uses hydrogen to create electricity to power its electric motor, and can travel up to 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen.  Toyota said that the vehicle will mark “a turning point for the automotive industry”.

So now the question is if you will see the hydrogen stations everywhere just like the gas stations? Not really and not now, but in addition to the 19 existing hydrogen stations in California, Toyota actually has worked with Air Liquide to develop 12 more hydrogen stations in the five Northeastern states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

It will only take less than five minutes to fill the hydrogen tank and when it runs, its only emission is water vapor. The 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan will go on sale in 2015

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Scion iM Concept to Make Debut at 2014 LA Auto Show http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-im-concept-debut-2014-la-auto-show_35457.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-im-concept-debut-2014-la-auto-show_35457.html#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:53:52 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35457 2014 Scion iM Concept

2014 Scion iM Concept

Scion announced that it will debut a new hatchback concept vehicle that has a “European Racing Circuit Styling”.

Designed targeting younger generation, The Scion iM Concept has a sporty look with a wide aerodynamic body and lower ride. It features geometric grille inserts, deep air intakes with stacked fog lights, side skirts, stylish side mirrors, vented brake discs with four-piston calipers, 19-inch forged alloy wheels with low-profile tires and adjustable height racing suspension.

At the rear, the car has a shark fin antenna, a roof spoiler and a distinctive aggressive bumper.

As a five-door compact hatchback, it offers enough room and capability to travel “off freeway” to explore “the mountains or playing at the beach”.

No specs on the powertrain available at this moment, but stay tuned for more details and pictures when the Scion iM Concept will be unveiled next week on November 19th at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

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Scion Tuner Challenge 2014 Winner – Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-tuner-challenge-2014-winner-speedhunters-fr-s_35445.html http://www.japanesesportcars.com/scion-tuner-challenge-2014-winner-speedhunters-fr-s_35445.html#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:14:38 +0000 http://www.japanesesportcars.com/?p=35445 Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S

Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S (click on the picture for more pictures)

Winner of the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge is the Speedhunters FR-S, which according to Scion, “is a track day level racer that finds its inspiration of the early IMSA race days and the rise of Japanese racers in the United States.”

Unlike other Scion vehicles in the challenge, the Speedhunters FR-S is not outfitted with any name-brand third party body kits. Most exterior parts are customized and designed by Charvonia Design.

The interior is also customized and designed by Charvonia Design. Some noticeable interior additional aftermarket parts are 4pt Takata RACE 4 asm harness, Cusco roll cage, custom Cobra RS classic low back bucket seats, Raceseng shift knob and Grip Royal steering wheel.

Riding on 17-inch custom Rotiform BLQ wheels, the car is powered by the 2.0L 4U-GSE/FA20 Boxer engine with Cosworth Stage 2.0 supercharger kit, delivering 300 horsepower.  More detailed modifications below.

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Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S for Scion Tuner Challenge at 2014 SEMA
Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S for Scion Tuner Challenge at 2014 SEMA
Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S for Scion Tuner Challenge at 2014 SEMA
Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S for Scion Tuner Challenge at 2014 SEMA
Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S for Scion Tuner Challenge at 2014 SEMA
Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S for Scion Tuner Challenge at 2014 SEMA
Speedhunters Maximum Attack FR-S for Scion Tuner Challenge at 2014 SEMA

Engine

  • 2.0 L 4U- GSE 300hp

Radiator

  • CSF

Chassis/Suspension

  • Cascam Plates: Raceseng
  • Coilovers: RS-R Black-i
  • Rear LCA: SPC Performance
  • F & R Sway Bars: SuperPro
  • Sway Bar stiffening plates: SuperPro
  • Rear Toe Arms: SPC Performance
  • Rear Seat X-brace: Charvonia Design
  • Lightweight Front Crash Beam: Charvonia Design

Exterior

  • Overfenders: KM4SH #0003 with shaved screw pockets
  • Functional Fender Vents: Charvonia Design
  • Front Splitter: Andy Blackmore Design from AeroJacket donor part
  • Headlights: TRD RS 1.0
  • Hood Struts: Grimmspeed
  • Paint materials: BASF R-M BC194 High Hiding White Paint
  • Painter: Elite Auto Creations, Colin Stevens
  • Rear Diffuser: Charvonia Design
  • Side window glass delete: Charvonia Design
  • Shaved door handles and mirrors: Charvonia Design
  • Tail Lights: Lexon, tinted red by Autotuned
  • Tow Straps: Speedhunters/Takata
  • Trunk: AeroJacket
  • Vinyl Supplier: 3M 1080
  • Vinyl Production: Vinyl Loft
  • Remote dry break fuel filler: Vintage Indycar dry break with HPS silicone plumbing
  • Hood Louvers: Hot Rod Central
Brakes/Wheels/Tires

  • Brake Rotors/Calipers: Wilwood Forged Narrow Superlite Big Brake Kit, 6 piston front, 4 piston rear, 12.88″ rotors
  • Brake booster delete and brake line relocation: Chase Bays
  • Tires: Nitto NT01 Competition Road Course Tires (235/40/17 and 315/35/17)
  • Wheels: Custom Rotiform BLQ (17×9, 17×11) Brushed Step Lip, Matte Gold Centres
  • Wheel Studs: ARP

Interior

  • Custom Leather Interior Trim : JPM Coachworks
  • Brushed aluminum trim: Charvonia Design
  • Custom Door Panels: Charvonia Design
  • Harness: 4pt Takata RACE 4 asm Harness
  • Half Dash: Charvonia Design
  • Instruments: Stack Pro Control Boost, Oil Pressure and Oil Temp Gauges
  • Interior Flocking: EIS Fibercoating
  • Roll Cage: Cusco 4 pt with harness bar
  • Seat: Custom Cobra RS Classic lowback bucket with headrest – TRD/Speedhunters themed
  • Shaved seatbelt mounts and airbag text Charvonia Design
  • Shift Knob (Custom SH engraved) & E-brake handle: Raceseng
  • Starter Button: TRD RS 1.0
  • Steering Wheel: Grip Royal w/ laser engraved SH logo
  • Steering Wheel hub and quick release: NRG
  • Pedals and foot rest: Vintage Indycar / custom fabbed

Design

  • Andy Blackmore / Andy Blackmore Design
  • Final Livery Design chosen by Speedhunters Readers

Build shop

  • Keith Charvonia / Charvonia Design
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