SUPRA 86: Arguably one of the most distinctive race cars, the Toyota 86 (above) pays homage to the Esso Ultron Tiger.Image: Newspress
WEST SUSSEX, England - Toyota is paying tribute to its 86 sports car by transforming a fleet of the low-slung coupes with classic livery and retro styling details.
The tribute pays homage to Toyota's great race and rally cars of the past 50 years and each car is inspired by a different model.
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These include two versions of what Toyota calls its "original sports car" the 2000GT, Ove Andersson’s 1970's Celica 1600GT rally car – the machine that helped inspire Toyota to launch a full international motorsport programme.
The IMSA GTU Celica that raced in North America in the 1980s, the World Rally championship Celica GT-Four and the Esso Ultron Tiger Supra from the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship complete the list.
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Vehicle vinyl specialist Motor Mode has reproduced key elements from the original liveries in the right proportions for the 86. The 86's get new springs which lower the ride height by 40mm and Rota has provided wheels in various finishes to capture the retro look.
A new Milltek Sport stainless-steel exhaust system combines a visual and aural spectacle in an attractive package.
The coupes – a strictly one-off collection – will make their debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Moving Motor Show on June 25 2015,. Excitingly the public will be allowed to drive the cars on the course that includes Goodwood’s famous hill-climb.
They will remain on display at the Goodwood racing circuit, supporting the hugely popular 86 Drift Experience.
Each car in detail:
Yatabe Speed Trial Toyota 2000GT (yellow with green bonnet): this 2000GT set multiple new world and international speed and endurance records during a 72-hour run at the Yatabe high speed testing course in Japan in 1966.
Shelby Toyota 2000GT (white with blue bonnet): racing legend Carroll Shelby masterminded Toyota’s racing programme for the 2000GT in the USA. The intention was to demonstrate the car’s potential when pitted on track against established American and European competition.
Ove Andersson’s Toyota Celica 1600GT (red with black bonnet): Andersson’s entry in world rallying with the first-generation Celica paved the way for the founding of Toyota Team Europe – and ultimately today’s Toyota Motorsport. The liveried 86 celebrates the car he entered in the 1972 Daily Mirror RAC Rally.
IMSA GTU Toyota Celica (red with yellow stripes): Celica was the first Toyota to race in North America under the Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) banner, competing in the IMSA GT series.
Castrol Toyota Celica GT-Four (red and green Castrol livery): this Group A Toyota made its World Rally Championship debut in 1994 and went on to claim seven podium finishes in seven events entered during the 1995 season.
Esso Ultron Tiger Toyota Supra (tigerskin effect): Supra was a longstanding entry in the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship, competing from 1995 through to 2006. In fact its competition life went on beyond the end of production of the road-going Supra. When its track days came to an end, it enjoyed a new lease of life as a virtual racer in the Gran Turismo computer game.
VISUAL DELIGHT: These six Toyota 86's will be available for the public to drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The event will run from 25 to 28 June in West Sussex, England. Image: Newspress