Marangoni unveils the Toyota GT86-R Eco Explorer

Article by Christian A., on March 17, 2013

Marangoni Tyre launched a new show car – a tuning version of the Toyota GT86 – at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Marangoni Tyre will be emphasizing its strong Italian identity on the revelation sports car of 2012. This is the sixth consecutive year that the company has entered its “100% Made in Italy” tyres at the show.

Marangoni applies its distinctive Italian style on its tyres, making use of its research and innovation capabilities in various segments, ranging from motorsport to the environment. The Japanese sports car has been converted into the Toyota GT86-R Marangoni Eco Explorer by putting it through the “creative works” by Simone Neri and his TRC Italia style centre. Marangoni was able to achieve major reductions in consumption and emissions by utilizing innovative ammonia fuel technology by Bigas International.

This car has zero emissions when it runs on this experimental fuel system. A litre of ammonia costs only 20 cents. But the Toyota GT86-R tank has 30 litres, which is enough to drive about 180 km.

The car can run on just ammonia at engine speeds up to 2,800 rpm. It then switches to direct injection and petrol at higher engine loads. As a result, the car can nearly totally run on ammonia during city driving. Because of the high energy output of ammonia, the innovative and thrilling performance potential of the GT 86 is retained. Marangoni has installed “M-Power EvoRed”, a special set of flame-red 19” tyres, on the Toyota GT86-R.

Marangoni Tyre has developed a highly-ecological tyre for the experimental version. This tyre is based on the standard M-Power, the utmost in Marangoni technological evolution and applied research. By making use of third generation functionalized polymers, developed to have improved interaction between silica and polymer, and the ushering in of pioneering experimental nanomaterials as more effective alternative fillers to carbon black, M-Power EvoRed was able to attain a class B rating for rolling resistance and class A for wet braking.

Maragoni was able to achieve its primary product development guidelines with these two values. As a result, these ultra-high performance tyres contributed to efforts to cut fuel consumption, boost safety, and optimize driving enjoyment.

Designed to represent 'Neo Functionalism', the GT 86 blends the technical requirements for the most compact proportions available, a low centre of gravity and superior, F1 inspired streamlined handling with sweeping styling reminiscent the past Toyota sports cars.

Its strong, simple style combines two main ideals of Toyota’s new design language: Under Priority front design, emphasising a larger lower grille, focusing the eye on the car’s lower section for a distinct, stronger look, and a Keen Look method for crisp, smart, and expressive style.

The strong bold 'scorpion' style of the lower grille enhances the new design ethos, giving the GT 86 an even stronger, sportier profile. Further sport touches include a limited, T-meshed grille design, bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, dual rear exhausts with a connecting rod design, and the front wing-mounted '86' piston logo.

The '86' piston logo accentuates the vehicle's singular front boxer engine rear-wheel drive powertrain format, as well as illustrates the car tyres in a four-wheel drift, emphasising the GT 86 perfection at the limits of performance.

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