Toyota's 86 takes to the track
FOR CUSTOMER RACERS: The TMG GT86 CS-V3 has been developed especially for a German racing series, but the rear-wheel drive racer would be comfortable in any production car championship, Toyota Motorsport said.
Toyota’s 86 is ready for racing with the automaker’s motorsport arm announcing a “cost-effective” race-tuned version for customer teams.
Following a development period, which included a class-win in the Nürburgring 24 Hours the TMG GT86 CS-V3 has been released for customer racers, packaged as an entry-level race car offering easy maintenance, low running costs and “great fun”.
REAR-WHEEL DRIVE FUN
According to Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the 149kW rear-wheel drive car has been developed specially for the V3 class of the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund but can also be tested in other production car-based championships.
TMG has stiffened the 86 chassis and optimised its weight distribution while installing a racing exhaust and suspension and more potent brakes.
Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TMG president, said: “We want to share the passion of motorsport with as many people as possible and this car is the result. It is already race-proven having won the V3 class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and we hope to see many more of these cars competing in the coming months.
“The 86 is a perfect car for production-based motorsport. It already looks fantastic and has superb handling, so with further performance and safety upgrades we have created a really exciting and competitive car which is extremely cost effective.”
The Toyota 86 was launched in South Africa in August, 2012.