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One of the stars of last month’s 2015 Tokyo Motor Show was the Toyota S-FR Concept – a small, lightweight 2+2 rear-wheel drive sports coupé that looks almost purpose-built to take on the ubiquitous Mazda MX-5.

While we wait for it to enter production, Toyota GAZOO Racing has whetted our appetites with a vision of what a bona fide race version will look like, with the Toyota S-FR Racing Concept that will make its debut at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon.

The slightly demure design of the regular concept has been bulked up significantly – it hunkers down on broad wheel arches and gains a large front splitter, carbon fibre front canards, deep hood vents, a serious-looking rear diffuser and a massive rear wing.

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No specs have been revealed so far – in fact, none have been released for the regular version either, but leaked specs sheets suggest that the production S-FR will be powered by a tuned version of the JDM Corolla Axio‘s Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre 2NR-FKE engine, adding D-4S direct injection and redesigned ports to produce 130 PS and 148 Nm, all sent to the rear wheels via a sole six-speed manual transmission option.

Also to be shown is the Voxy and Noah G’s Concept models which both get more aggressive front, side and rear skirting. Race cars from the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the All-Japan Rally Championship will make an appearance as well.