Toyota GT86 TRD Griffon Project to grace 2013 Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on June 14, 2013

Toyota will be unveiling a racing version of its Toyota GT86 for the first time in the United Kingdom at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. It could be noted that Toyota unveiled the award-winning sports coupe at the event in 2012. The racing version of the Toyota GT86, called as the TRD Griffon Project, features several modifications to make it suitable for track driving.

Toyota Racing Developments labored to trim the car’s weight and strengthen its chassis, and introduced racing-specification TRD accessories. While the TRD Griffon Project’s overall body shape follows the same low, muscular lines of the original GT86, its components -- bonnet, roof, doors, boot lid and rear wings – were made from lightweight carbon fiber.

TRD also trimmed the car’s weight by employing carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the bumpers, wider front wings and rear diffuser. TRD also used polycarbonate material for all the windows.

To further adapt it for track-driving, the TRD Griffon Project features a driver’s bucket seat, gear shift knob, ignition button and oil pressure and water temperature gauges. It also features a Momo steering wheel and Takata seatbelts. TRD also upgraded or strengthened other components. For instance, TRD replaced the standard Torsen limited-slip differential with a TRD mechanical LSD.

TRD also significantly reinforced the car’s suspension by using a coil over suspension kit and shortening the final gear ratio to 4.8:1. The TRD Griffon Project also features an oil cooler for the engine and a TRD mono block brake calliper kit with racing spec brake pads.

The TRD Griffon Project is carried by TWS 18-inch wheels with Yokohama Advan tires. It is powered by the same 2.0-litre, normally aspirated “boxer” engine that runs the standard GT86. The TRD Griffon Project was first unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan.

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