GRMN Sports FR Concept coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on June 27, 2012

The Toyota GT86 TRD will not be the only vehicle from this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed as the Japanese manufacturer will also bring a turbo and a supercharged concept version of the new Toyota sporty coupe.

Dubbed GRMN Sports FR Concept, the new car is the work of Gazoo Racing and already made its racing debut at the Nürburgring 24 Hours last month. According to Autocar, the GRMN Sports FR Concept is powered by the same 2.0-liter engine delivering an impressive 315 hp and 311lb ft (421 Nm) of torque.

For those who don’t know, the same engine delivers 200 hp on the standard Toyota GT 86. Although the GRMN Sports FR Concept was created for track use, it’s still road legal and offers a new suspension system and upgraded brake calipers in order to stop in time.

Moreover, the car was fitted with a new exhaust system developed by Gazoo Racing but also with a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in high performance tires. In terms of design, we find new front and rear bumpers as well as a new rear wing.

Geneva Motor Show, being one of the best platforms to unveil newly developed as well as upgraded vehicles, is once again graced by one of the most awaited vehicles of 2012 – Toyota’s much awaited compact 2+2 sports car, the GT 86.

Toyota GT86 will find its way to the European market summer of 2012. Being driver-oriented, the GT86 gives the purest form of driving by providing precise, instantaneous response at the smallest throttle or steering inputs. It gives utmost respect for the passion of driving rather than the necessity of it.

The new GT 86 is built on an entirely new platform with a low yet highly aerodynamic bodyshell protecting the engineering hard points. Also, it is returning to Toyota’s sporting roots with a compact, front-mounted, free-revving, horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ petrol engine and rear-wheel drive instead of a heavier and larger displacement powertrain for better performance.

To achieve the best possible power-to-weight ratio, a light weight, low inertia and low center of gravity, a compact four-seat design is paired with its unique powertrain format so that the GT 86 has a more dynamic and accessible performance. It was also designed to be highly engaging and have readily exploitable dynamic abilities while minimizing electronic intrusion and maximizing driving pleasure.

The new GT 86 focuses on bringing back the purest form of the classic sports car experience. That’s why it has been designed by Toyota’s most passionate team of engineers and was refined through competition and fine-tuned to fit the taste of even the most demanding of customers. Rewarding drivers with pure driving involvement, the new Toyota GT 86 contains the spirit of the most competent Toyota sports cars that ever existed.

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