2012 Toyota GT 86 factory aero kit
The Scion FR-S
’ Toyota cousin, the GT 86
, has received an aggressively-styled aero kit as a factory option.
The kit is designed to reduce drag and increase downforce, all while maintaining the sports car’s slippery 0.27 drag coefficient.
The complete kit consists of a new front bumper, side sills, a rear bumper skirt and a large rear spoiler, and we hope similar upgrades are offered on the FR-S back home.
Extensively tested in a wind tunnel and at the track, the fully-functional kit has been shown to improve handling stability.
This is achieved thanks to special vertical fins on the front bumper, which control air entering the grille, and dual canards at 12-degree angles to boost downforce. Additionally, the side sill design includes a rounded leading edge to assist airflow evacuation from the front wheel housing, while the rear bumper skirt has a profile that projects horizontally, to manage air turbulence from the front and fin and assist in evacuating under-body airflow.
Toyota has shown a number of performance upgrades
for the GT 86 developed by its in-house tuner TRD and its motorsports partner Gazoo Racing. So far these have just been concepts, but the release of this new aero kit for public sale shows the automaker is open to offering genuine performance upgrades for the GT 86 and likely the FR-S too.
Some upgrades previewed in the past as concepts include reworked suspension, a high-flow exhaust system, light alloy wheels, sporty bucket seats and performance gauges. We’ve also seen a combination supercharger and turbocharger kit
, which boosts the output of the FR-S’ 2.0-liter engine from a stock 200 horsepower to more than 320 horsepower.
While Scion is yet to confirm if any of the upgrades, including the new aero kit, will be available on the FR-S, the items at least hint at some of the options that may eventually be offered to U.S. customers.