Toyota GT86 TRD Griffon Project to grace 2013 Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on June 14, 2013

Toyota will be unveiling a racing version of its Toyota GT86 for the first time in the United Kingdom at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. It could be noted that Toyota unveiled the award-winning sports coupe at the event in 2012. The racing version of the Toyota GT86, called as the TRD Griffon Project, features several modifications to make it suitable for track driving.

Toyota Racing Developments labored to trim the car’s weight and strengthen its chassis, and introduced racing-specification TRD accessories. While the TRD Griffon Project’s overall body shape follows the same low, muscular lines of the original GT86, its components -- bonnet, roof, doors, boot lid and rear wings – were made from lightweight carbon fiber.

TRD also trimmed the car’s weight by employing carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the bumpers, wider front wings and rear diffuser. TRD also used polycarbonate material for all the windows.

To further adapt it for track-driving, the TRD Griffon Project features a driver’s bucket seat, gear shift knob, ignition button and oil pressure and water temperature gauges. It also features a Momo steering wheel and Takata seatbelts. TRD also upgraded or strengthened other components. For instance, TRD replaced the standard Torsen limited-slip differential with a TRD mechanical LSD.

TRD also significantly reinforced the car’s suspension by using a coil over suspension kit and shortening the final gear ratio to 4.8:1. The TRD Griffon Project also features an oil cooler for the engine and a TRD mono block brake calliper kit with racing spec brake pads.

The TRD Griffon Project is carried by TWS 18-inch wheels with Yokohama Advan tires. It is powered by the same 2.0-litre, normally aspirated “boxer” engine that runs the standard GT86. The TRD Griffon Project was first unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan.

With its design penned with the concept of “Neo Functionalism,” the new Toyota GT86 is a perfect fusion of the most compact dimensions possible, a low center of gravity as well as an aerodynamic performance derived from Formula One. Moreover, the new GT86 boasts of sweeping styling that pays tribute to Toyota’s sports cars of the past.

Its simple yet iconic styling implements two main pillars of Toyota’s new design language -- Under Priority frontal design and a Keen Look approach. The Under Priority design pillar allowed the GT86 to sport a larger lower grille, with the lower section of the sports gaining a more aggressive look. Meanwhile, designers took on the Keen Look approach to give the GT86 an intelligent yet expressive styling.

The lower grille of the new GT86 features a so-called 'scorpion' styling, enabling the car to have an aggressive athletic appearance as enhanced by an array of sporting elements like an exclusive T-mesh grille design, a rear spoiler as well as twin rear exhausts with a connecting rod motif on the tip. Other details include 17-inch alloy wheels and the '86' piston logo on the front wing. This logo underscores the GT86’s front boxer engine rear-wheel drive powertrain layout. The 86 piston logo also represents the tires of the GT86 sliding in a four-wheel drift, thereby underscoring the car’s perfect balance.

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