Adrian Smith’s Toyota GT86 wins 3rd round of Toyota Sprint Series

Article by Anita Panait, on August 17, 2012

Toyota GT86 won the third round of the Toyota Sprint Series at Barkston Heath on August 12, 2012, marking the sport coupe’s first victory in British motorsport. The Toyota GT86, prepared and piloted by Adrian Smith of Fensport in conjunction with Autocar magazine, competed in the Toyota-sponsored event for the first time and grabbed victories in both its class and the event overall.

The Toyota GT86’s win in the series also marks the first win for a rear wheel drive vehicle powered by a normally aspirated engine since the Toyota Sprint Series started in 2007. For the win, Smith clocked 54.55 seconds around the 0.75-mile Lincolnshire course, just six hundredths of a second ahead of the modified Celica GT-Four ST205 driven by Iain Gard.

Rounding up the top three is Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe, who co-drove the GT86 with Smith. During the race, the GT86 used the standard 2.0-litre “boxer” engine and unmodified six-speed transmission. To suit the GT86 for the series, modifications were made to the suspension, wheels and track tyres. The vehicle’s interior was also stripped out and fitted with a racing seat in order to cut unnecessary weight.

The GT86 competed against a range of standard and modified Toyotas, and its domination of the series only showed the advantages brought by the elements prioritised during its development -- light weight, agility and strong grip. Since the Toyota GT86 only went on sale in the UK this month, one could only imagine the amount of preparation and effort made by Smith and his team at Fensport in just a short time to prepare for the event.

Toyota's highly anticipated 2x2 compact sports car, the GT 86, debuts in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012.

Available across Europe starting from the summer of 2012, the GT 86 is a vehicle completely focused on the driver. It provides shape to the unadulterated, pure enjoyment of driving with crisp, immediate responses to even the tiniest inputs to the throttle or steering. This is for those who think of driving as a delight, not just an obligation.

The lowered, extremely aerodynamic body is stretched tightly over the architectural hard spots, so the new GT 86 has a completely new platform. Avoiding performance reliance on a bulky, big displacing powertrain, the GT 86 revisits Toyota's sporty heritage with the only integration of rear-wheel drive with a front-mounted, compact, free-revving, horizontal opposed 'boxer' gas engine.

This singular powertrain set-up blends with the most compact four-seated, light, and low inertia and centre of gravity for greatest power-to-weight ratio. These attributes give the GT 86 an active, easy, highly attractive, readily used energetic capabilities that have a minimum of electric intrusion and a maximum level of driving enjoyment.

Formulated to concentrate precisely on a concentrated classic sports car feel, designed by an enthusiastic engineering team, refined through competition contest, and perfected to gratify the most perceptive fan, the GT 86 carries on the Toyota racing car spirit to provide drivers with genuine driving participation.

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