Toyota has some victories to celebrate with the with the Scion FR-S. The new coupe, which is also known as the Toyota GT86, hit the track for the 24 Hours Nürburgring race over the weekend, and the results are almost goo enough to make you forget how many old people drive Camrys.
First, the FR-S/GT86 finished first and third in the SP3 class (46th and 65th place overall). The SP3 class is similar to GT4 in that these are specially built vehicles by the factory used only for the tracks. This is quite far from any FR-S someone can buy off the dealer lot, but this victory will likely mean there will be a few more teams looking to run Toyotas in the next few years.
What is more impressive, and possibly should be touted even more, is the win in the V3 class (78th place overall). This group contains cars that are some of the closest to pure production vehicles on the track. So it not only look like the one that someone can walk into a dealership and buy, but Toyota can also stand behind it as somewhat of a race winner for the streets.
These victories are celebrated in Europe, but won’t make much waves with the average buyer here. Until the FR-S can make a few interesting podium finishes on this side of the Atlantic, its identify crisis will likely remain.