SPIED: Toyota 86 aero kit
NOT JUST FOR SHOW: Toyota’s 86 aero kit is more than just a radical style enhancement as the increased downforce improves the vehicle’s handling.
Earlier in June 2012, Toyota Australia revealed details about a new factory aero kit for the GT 86 sports coupe (known locally as the 86), which consisted of a new front bumper, side sills, rear bumper skirt and a large rear spoiler.
At the time, the kit was announced only for Australian and Japanese. An 86 test model sporting the new aero kit has been spotted outside Toyota’s test centre near the Nürburgring race track in Germany.
This suggests that global 86 fans will soon be able to order the car with the stylish and fully-functional upgrade.
The kit is designed to reduce drag and increase downforce, all while maintaining the sports car’s slippery 0.27 drag coefficient. Extensively tested in a wind tunnel and at the track, it has been shown to improve handling stability.
This is achieved by special vertical fins on the front bumper, which control air entering the grille and dual canards, set at 12-degree angles, to boost downforce.
The side sill design includes a rounded edge to assist airflow from the front wheel housing. The rear bumper skirt has a profile that projects horizontally to manage air turbulence from the front and assist in ejecting under-body airflow.
The Toyota 86 sports coupe will be launched in South Africa on July 9, 2012.