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 |  Oct 23 2011, 5:00 PM

Promoting a new product through a Facebook app is nothing new, but Toyota added an extra spin to their virtual racing game by building the track’s signage based on your personal Facebook content. Called Social Network Racer, the purpose of the Facebook racing game is to help promote the FR-S Concept, even though the game has no real presence of the vehicle other than some images and text at the starting line.

Each race tracks your time and places you in a ranking system, with the top 20 Social Network Racers shown off on a leaderboard. You can also accumulate points in order to upgrade your ride towards conquering that leaderboard. And if you’re bored of seeing your Facebook content streaming as you zoom by, you can create courses out of your friends’ Facebook pages too. A novel idea, sure – but we’re still a tad confused at the point of it all. But hey, it’s another racing game and time killer on Facebook, hooray!

To start playing the game, click here.

[Source: CNet]

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 |  Sep 13 2011, 10:01 AM

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Toyota promised a “lighter, faster and sportier” FT-86 II Concept would debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Is that true? Maybe. No one at Toyota was talking about it so it’s hard to say. Instead the brand’s press conference focused on its continued push of hybrid technologies.

What we can tell you (and what you can see for yourself from the selection of photos) is that the FT-86 II Concept now has a shiny new burn orange paint job. New bodywork? Nope… just the same old FT-86 II Concept from Geneva. But there is something more… there behind the tires. For the first time (to our knowledge) the FT-86 is sporting a set of Brembo brakes, which is certainly good news for driving enthusiasts who are eager to get behind the wheel of this car.

When it finally does debut in production ford at the Tokyo Auto Show, look for a direct-injection 4-cylinder boxer engine with around 200-hp going to the rear wheels with a standard limited slip differential. In the mean time, check out the extensive gallery of photos below.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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Get more Toyota FT-86 news and info at FR-Sforum.com

Plus, see video of the car from its Frankfurt debut after the jump:

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 |  Aug 09 2011, 8:00 PM

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At a day dedicated to honoring the infamous Hachiroku in Japan, old generation AE86s stood by as Toyota‘s FT-86 II Concept finally made its Japanese debut at the Fuji 86 Style event. The Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya, was on hand to give his take on Toyota’s second FT-86 concept car as well as sharing his past experiences racing his AE86. But clearly the FT-86 II Concept was the star of the day, with Fuji Speedway Square Plaza completely filled with enthusiasts waiting to finally see the car in person many months after it first debuted at the Geneva Auto Show.

While Toyota has officially released few details, what they have said is that the car will be powered by a Subaru boxer engine, paired with a Toyota direct-injection system and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. A limited slip differential will be standard. (For a more extensive list of what will be included in the production model, see here).

Set to debut at the Toyota Auto Show in December, it will be rebadged as the Scion FR-S for North America where it will bow at the New York Auto Show the following April.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept In Japan

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[Source: Jon Sibal]

Discuss this story at FRSForum.com and see video of the FT-86 II Concept from Geneva after the jump:

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 |  Mar 25 2011, 2:09 PM

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After unveiling the FT-86 II Concept at the Geneva Auto Show at the start of the month, Toyota has just released an extensive selection of photos, and even a video, from a “behind the scenes” photo shoot with the car.

The photos give a better look at the rear-drive sports car, with the usually poor auto show lighting (combined with the fact that it was a black car on a white background) made getting decent pics in Geneva difficult.

No official details are yet available, but the car is expected to be powered by a 4-cylinder boxer engine making around 200-hp. The design of this second concept is also said to be much closer to the production version that will debut this Fall at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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See video of the behind the scenes photo shoot after the jump and get more FT-86 news and info at FR-SForum.com:

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 |  Mar 10 2011, 9:13 AM

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When Toyota announced its new Global Vision last week the company’s two main product goals seemed rather divergent. First, Toyota announced it would build exciting cars. Then it reiterated a commitment to sustainable mobility – hybrids in particular.

Those two seemingly incongruous goals may come together for the first time in the upcoming FT-86 Sports car. When asked by the team at AutoExpress if a hybrid version of the new RWD sports coupe was possible, the response was simple from one Toyota representative. “Why not?” The staffer than went on to douse the fires of speculation stating that, “It’s no secret we’ve been considering a hybrid sports car for a while.”

Toyota recently displayed what it calls the FT-86 II Concept at the Geneva Auto Show, sporting more aggressive bodywork that it says will more closely resemble the production car which could bow as early as the NY Auto Show in April under the Scion brand wearing the FT-S badge.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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[Source: AutoExpress]

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 |  Mar 01 2011, 6:17 PM

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When Toyota first debuted the FT-86 Concept it came as a shock. Toyota, a company known more for building reliable appliances than cars enthusiasts can stand behind, had done an about-face; and at just the right time.

With recall woes everywhere, Toyota had plenty of buyers, but few true fans, leaving no one to run to the rescue when things got ugly.

The FT-86 is a car designed to change all that and one that is posed to be the sort of automobile you’ll tell your kids you once owned. A true rear-drive sports car, Toyota has already touted its handling, thanks in part to a Subaru-sourced Boxer 4-cylinder that sits low in the chassis to deliver an impressive center of gravity.

No real details are yet available, but Toyota has said this more aggressive design (and here we thought they were going to get more subtle) is closer to what the production car will look like. Watch the video for more, browse through the gallery below and give us your thoughts. Is Toyota heading in the right direction with this new design? Or was the original FT-86 better?

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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