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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is where Toyota’s GT 86, the highly anticipated compact 2+2 sports car, will debut in Europe.

Available across Europe in summer 2012, the Toyota GT 86 is oriented fully to the driver. The basic and fundamental driving joy is formed with focused, immediate response to the slightest inputs of steering or throttle for those who see driving as a passion, not just a need.

A low, highly aerodynamic body shell is stretched tightly across engineering hard points, so the GT 86 is constructed on a completely new platform. Avoiding a bulky and heavy displacement powertrain for performance, the GT 86 goes back to Toyota's sports roots by being the only one in the world to combine rear-wheel drive with a compact, front-mounted, free-revving, horizontally opposed 'boxer' petrol engine.

This one-of-a-kind powertrain combines the world's most compact four-seat design with low weight, centre of gravity, and inertia for the ultimate power-to-weight ratio. The GT 86 is awarded with a performance that is enlivened and accessible and that has extremely engaging, readily used dynamic abilities with minimal electronic intrusion and maximised driving enjoyment.

A dedicated engineering team, inspired by ideas focused on the experience of a pure classic sports car, improved and perfected whatever the competition had to offer to gratify even the most discriminating aficionado. The GT 86 embodies the spirit of all Toyota sports cars, rewarding drivers with pure enjoyment.

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