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Toyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof concept unveiled in Tokyo [video]

Concept hints at how Toyota could use carbon fiber in mainstream models

Gazoo Racing has officially unveiled the Toyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Designed to capitalize on the lightweight construction techniques pioneered on the Lexus LFA, the Mark X G Sports has been equipped with a carbon fiber roof that enables the car to weigh 6 kg (13 lbs) less than the standard model. The reduced weight also lowers the car's center of gravity by 3.5mm.

Power is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 318 HP (234 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

Source: Toyota / Gazoo Racing

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Toyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof

Adopt a carbon roof that dropped without having to MARK-X G's which launched in October 2012, has earned a high evaluation, exhaustive, the know-how gained in the development of carbon LFA. With lighter 6kg, reducing the burden on low fuel consumption and legs around the roof. By high center of gravity down to 3.5mm, winding stable low center of gravity can also be used to. I realized in a high-dimensional sporty driving performance. Sports items with image suitable for sports leader of "G's" is sure to lead to a breakthrough to a higher place.

Carbon Roof

By employing a carbon roof achieve lighter 6kg. Lowering the center of gravity of the vehicle is also 3.5mm high. I have further improved driving performance. Adopt special clear coating for carbon further. Achieve a beautiful form by making use of carbon fiber weave pattern while ensuring weather resistance.

Roof Mall

Very light and strong carbon. The specific gravity thing better than one-quarter of the iron, the intensity ratio is about 10 times that of iron. Worthy of such a carbon roof, mall dedicated painted black. I while taking advantage of the texture of carbon fiber, production design looks more stylish.

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Comments (10)

 DdW DdW
Toyota might want to consider implementing such lightweight-saving materials for two or three mainstream models, such as the bread and butter Corolla. It would become a attractive proposition against the likes of Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer and Subaru Impreza.
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January 12, 2013 10:47 pm
 AlikMalix AlikMalix
Wow a Toyota Mark "X" and a "G" and a "Sports", and Audi/Kia LED lights... I'm about to pee with excitement. They cant stick enough clutter on this car, cant they?
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January 12, 2013 1:42 am
 dmanero dmanero
Love the front end, would look perfect for the camery. A car that needs that aggressiveness
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January 11, 2013 10:45 pm
 peterg peterg
This is the equivalent of a Lexus IS in Japan
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January 11, 2013 4:49 pm
 Siawa Siawa
Looks interesting.
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January 11, 2013 4:29 pm