After motorsport engineering pioneer GPRM completed the first chassis, the first GT4 racing version of the Toyota GT86 will be heading to the track later this month. A 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder 'Boxer' engine, which was developed along with Nicholson McLaren Engines, powers this new car.
At a UK circuit, the GT86 will be shaken down before a schedule of European tests and the pre-season 'balance of performance' sessions that GT4 series organiser SRO had set up. GPRM and its directors Gary Blackham and Roger King are confident that the new Toyota will be a formidable GT4 contender.
Blackham said that the new engine from Nicholson McLaren can deliver between 360 and 400 bhp but the definitive output figure will be determined by the balance of performance testing. GPRM's Toyota GT86 is an entry-level endurance car that’s very cost-efficient.
The automaker started the GT4 project right after last September’s Britcar24 where the new Toyota sports car had a successful race car debut in the UK. Even if it’s not a works effort, the GT4 project has the support of Toyota GB, which is offering technical support.