Team Toyota GB is fielding the Toyota GT86 in the Production Class of the Britcar 24 Hours this September, marking the return of a famous racing vehicle that ruled the British Touring Car Championship twice in the mid-1980s. Regarded as the spiritual successor to the famous Toyota AE86, the GT86 will soon have its first British racing version.
Team Toyota GB is currently working on the GT86 race car at the Buckinghamshire technical centre of GPRM, the race preparation firm responsible for the successful BTCC Toyota Avensis prototype. GPRM is working hard to transform the potent 2.0-litre sports car into a competitive track racer while retaining most of its standard road car’s specification.
Team Toyota GB will announce the GT86’s race driver in the 24 Hours in coming weeks. The Toyota GT86 is powered by a 16-valve double overhead cam horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ engine that could provide up to 197bhp. It also depicts some of the best elements of three Toyota sporting models: the Sports 800, 2000GT and AE86.
Toyota rolled out the critically acclaimed Toyota GT86 in the United Kingdom at the beginning of July. To be held on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on September 22 -23, 2012, the Britcar 24 Hours is an endurance car race participated in by sports and GT cars. Team Toyota GB gained a racing reputation in the 1980s and ’90s, thanks to championship victories with the Corolla in the British Touring Car Championship and UK rallying.
The GT 86, Toyota's most awaited, compact 2+2 sports car, was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Available all around Europe in the summer of 2012, the Toyota GT 86 is totally driver-oriented. It showcases pure joy and fun of driving through accurate, instant response to even the slightest throttle or steering inputs, for clients who look at driving as a passion rather than a daily task.
With a bodyshell that is low yet highly aerodynamic, and stretched tight above the engineering hard elements, the new GT 86 stems from a totally different platform. Removing the heavy, huge displacement powertrain for its performance, the GT 86 goes back to Toyota's athletic origins with the world's only mix of a compact, free revving, front-mounted horizontally opposed 'boxer' petrol engine plus rear-wheel drive.
This one-of-a-kind powertrain format puts together a first-class compact four-seat design, low inertia, light weight, and a low fulcrum for the best possible weight-to-power ratio. These features give the GT 86 dynamic, accessible performance, highly engaging and ready-to-be-used capabilities with minimal electronic disruption, and a pleasurable driving experience.
Made to focus primarily on the basics of the classic sports car experience, built by a dedicated team of engineers, developed through competition and detailed to meet the needs of car enthusiasts, the GT 86 is packed with the talent of previous Toyota sports cars to award drivers with total driving involvement.