Toyota President Akio Toyoda brings the GT86 to 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 9, 2012

Toyota President Akio Toyoda himself is bringing the Scion FR-S (which will race under the Toyota GT86 nameplate) to the famous track in Germany for the 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race on May 17 to 20. As part of efforts to boost its street cred, Toyota will be entering two sporty coupes, which have massive spoilers and a black, red and white paint job.

Gazoo Racing, the tuning and racing arm of Toyota, will handle these cars in the race. These four-cylinder racers (with a price tag of $24,930 each) will compete in the race alongside the $376,500 V-10 Lexus LFA, which Gazoo has been fielding at the Nurburging since 2008. These prices are inclusive of shipping costs.

It’s common knowledge that Toyoda is an avid race driver who had participated in previous Nurburgring events. He considers this circuit as a great place to field-test Toyota’s cars and to demonstrate their performance potential in a grass-roots, low-cost environment.

After Toyoda supported the LFA to a championship, the Scion FR-S is its current pet project. This model will be racing under the Toyota 86 nameplate at Nurburgring. When this vehicle was still under development, Toyoda used up many hours in test-driving it. He also had suggested what to modify in this model. This car will start selling in the U.S. in the spring.

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