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It wasn’t just altered Lexus offerings to be found at the recently concluded Tokyo Auto Salon – the event also saw an interesting mix of tuned and tweaked Toyota vehicles. The posse, some more radical than others, was led by a pumped-up, track-ready interpretation of the iQ city car.

Forget cute and cuddly – the GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN) iQ Racing Concept is a beefed-up take of the tiniest Toyota; with a deep front air dam, huge lower air intake and racing wheels, as well as a tuned supercharged engine and a roll-cage, this iQ looks like it could definitely kick some, in a Mighty Mouse sort of way.


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Gazoo, which you might know as the company that prepped Toyota’s LFAs for last year’s 24 Hours Nurburgring, offered a previous iQ concept in 2009 – the car was given a limited production run in Japan, and sold out immediately, so if you’re thinking what they’re thinking…

G Sports (G’s) contribution to the Toyota presentation was through its Sports Concept version of the Prius (well, yes, imagine! Wonder what the fuel economy is like), with Toyota’s in-house crew at TRD adding an Auris GT Concept, loaded with lots of aerodynamic kit bits, in the mix.


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As well as the cars, Toyota did the interactive run in a big way at the show, including forums with engineers and racing drivers and virtual driving competitions in Metapolis, an on-line community created by Gazoo Racing.