Posts tagged: GT86

Toyota GT86 engineers explored shooting brake and sedan variants, are they still in the cards? – Autoblog

By , March 18, 2013 9:20 am
2013 Toyota GT86 TRD - front three-quarter view

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Posted Mar 13th 2013 7:58PM



According to the Toyota UK blog, engineers for the automaker were so excited developing the GT86 coupe that they investigated producing a whole family of models based on the rear-wheel drive sports car. And at least one engineer – product chief Tetsuya Tada – still hopes it can happen, even if not everyone at Toyota is onboard. Tada: "Actually we tried to do this secretly but the executives found us out. They said: 'What are you doing? Will you please focus on the coupe.'"

Those mooted variants included both a four-door sedan and a shooting brake. Why? Aside from the pure excellence of a lightweight, brilliantly handling hatchback, Toyota was keenly aware of the fact that it may need to spread the cost of development out across several models. Tada says that's part of the reason why it was so easy to create the convertible. The company knew from the outset that a softtop version was in the cards, and built the machine's structure to accommodate having the roof sliced off.

Tada also made mention of the already-announced collaboration between Toyota and BMW. The engineer said that the GT86 was particularly helpful because it demonstrated just how successful a product conceived and designed by two different companies can be. While he didn't say exactly what Toyota and BMW are up to, it's clear the two are looking into a number of possibilities. It's an interesting read with a lot of


Toyota GT86 engineer Tada recounts how sports car came to be – autoblog

By , February 14, 2013 9:02 am
2013 Scion FR-S in red - front three-quarter view

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Posted Feb 13th 2013 2:29PM



Because the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes are now a reality, it's almost hard to imagine the struggle that had to happen within the large, conservative corporate structures at both automakers for the joint project to even get off of the ground.

Speaking to those struggles on Toyota UK's Toyota Blog, GT86 Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada enlightens us with a recap of the sports car's earliest origins. For Tada, the first stages of the project must have seemed almost as dreamlike as the final product is to drive.

Said the Chief, "I had been working in the minivan department engineering new product, but a month after the meeting I was summoned. 'Forget about minivans,' they said, 'you are now working on the sports-car project.'"

The recounting of the GT86 development process makes for a genuinely interesting yarn, and is a must-read for any owners/enthusiasts of the BRZ/FR-S twins. We highly recommend clicking through to read it in full. Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but we can't help hoping that Tada-san has got more of the story to tell, still. We'll be keeping an eye on the official Toyota Blog, just in case.


Toyota GT86 gets TRD treatment in UK – autoblog

By , February 12, 2013 3:19 pm

Related Gallery2013 Toyota GT86 TRD

Posted Feb 8th 2013 2:16PM



As dearly as we love the Toyota GT86 / Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ franchise, we readily admit we wouldn't look sideways at a model with a bit more firepower. And while that's not quite on the table yet, Toyota has been busy amping up the visual firepower of its rear-drive coupe with a whole host of TRD parts. To this point, that's been a largely à la carte affair, but the automaker's UK outpost has just announced a special-edition model that allows our British friends to pick up the whole shooting match all in one go.

The Toyota GT86 TRD will only be available in black and white, and just 250 examples are to be built. As you can see from the excellent gallery above, the catalog of look-faster bits include a more aggressive front air dam, side skirts, rear bumper fascia, spoiler and unique 18-inch forged alloys. Additional flourishes include a TRD shift lever and branded radiator cap. The sole concession to actual performance? A "fast-response quad exhaust" that might only improve things audibly – 0-62 mph is apparently unchanged at 7.7 seconds, and the top end is still 140 mph for the manual transmission model. (The auto gets by with 8.4 seconds and 130 mph).

Pricing? Glad you asked. £31,495 for GT 86 TRD manual, £32,995 for the automatic – that's nearly $50,000 US for the tripedalist and just over for the automatic. (Those are heady prices, but bear in mind that UK MSRPs and taxes are generally significantly higher than their US counterparts). If the standard GT86 is more your speed, it still rings up at a more affordable £24,995 – roughly $39,500 – leaving plenty of budget for actual performance parts. No word yet on North American availability of a special TRD model, but we've got a call in…

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New GT86 TRD adds impact to Toyota's sports coupe

- First official UK model grade to feature genuine TRD parts
- Features include forged 18-inch alloys, front and side skirts, rear spoiler, fast-response quad exhaust and TRD-branded details
- Only 250 available in the UK, on sale from 1 March
- On-the-road prices £31,495 for GT 86 TRD manual, £32,995 for the automatic

Since its launch last year, the Toyota GT86 has revitalised Toyota's reputation for building cars that are all about the pure pleasure of driving. Now the hugely acclaimed sports coupe – shortlisted for both European and World Car of the Year awards – gains even more appeal with the introduction of the new GT86 TRD.

Just 250 examples will be available, equipped with genuine design and performance features from TRD (Toyota Racing Development), one of the world's most accomplished and successful after market engineering businesses.

GT86 is the first UK Toyota for which official TRD parts have been used to create a specific production model grade.

The GT86 TRD , on sale from 1 March, will create a new halo model for the 2+2 coupe range. Both six-speed manual and automatic versions will be available, in a choice of two colours: Pearl White and GT86 Black. On-the-road prices are £31,495 for the manual and £32,995 for the auto.

The focus is on sports styling, but not at the cost of GT86's essential performance and handling character. The package includes 18-inch cast TF6 alloys, deep front and side skirts, a rear bumper spoiler and a fast-response quad-exhaust system with a rear diffuser to increase stability. The TRD touches also extended to a branded radiator cap and fuel filler cover, while inside the car there is a new TRD gear shift lever.

These items are all in addition to GT86's established equipment specification, which includes HID headlamps, front fog lamps, limited slip differential, Smart Entry and Start, dual-zone climate control, analogue dials and meters, drilled aluminium pedals, sports seats, scuff plates, cruise control and the Toyota Touch multimedia system.

Acceleration and maximum speed are unchanged at 7.7 seconds for 0-62mph and 140mph for the manual and 8.4 seconds and 130mph for the automatic. There are slight changes in fuel consumption and emissions: 192g/km and 34.9mpg for the manual and 181g/km and 36.2mpg for the automatic (all figures official combined cycle).


Toyota Supra Successor, BMW Z4 Rumored to Share New Platform Based on GT86 – AutoGuide

By , February 12, 2013 12:10 pm

With the recent success of the Toyota GT86 platform, it’s no surprise that the Japanese automaker wants to work quickly on its successor to the Supra.


The latest speculation on the project has BMW and Toyota teaming up to form the backbone of the development which will result in not only a successor to the Supra, but a shared platform for the new Z4. It is believed that this new platform will be based on the GT86 but reinforced to not only support additional horsepower but will also be bigger than the GT86.

SEE ALSO: Toyota Supra Successor Coming as Soon as Possible: President

As for a powerplant, Toyota is considering a 2.5-liter, turbocharged hybrid that would produce at least 400 hp. We could see a concept of this rumored Supra successor at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, though a production model isn’t expected until 2017 at the earliest.


Toyota GT86 GT4 racer is ready for UK competition – Autoblog

By , February 6, 2013 8:07 pm

GPRM Toyota GT86 GT4 Race Car - front three-quarter view

Posted Feb 5th 2013 11:30AM



It's about time we saw someone cook up a legitimate race version of the delectable Toyota GT86, and now it looks as if GPRM has done just that. The Buckingham-based race engineering team has built the creation you see here, complete with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder boxer cooked up by Nicholson McLaren Engines. The team says the new mill delivers between 360 and 400 horsepower to the rear wheels depending on final testing, which is a sight bit more than the 197 horses the naturally aspirated stock mill offers.

The car will compete in GT4 events, including the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Technically, the GPRM effort isn't factory backed, but the team says the effort "has the blessing of Toyota Great Britain." How could it not? You can check out the brief press release below below, and be sure to take a closer look at the machine in our gallery


Toyota 86 TRD Griffon Concept Sheds 500 Pounds to go Ferrari Fast: 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon – AutoGuide

By , January 11, 2013 3:00 pm

Ahead of its debut, Toyota bragged that its new GT 86 TRD Griffon concept was faster around the Tskuba circuit than a Ferrari 458. Revealed today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, even more surprising is the fact that it does so without any added power.


Exactly how the engineers at Toyota Racing Development achieved such a feat is hidden under a body that looks deceptively stock.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon Coverage

Along with a completely reworked suspension system the GT 86 receives a long list of light weight components. In fact, the front bumper, doors, roof, rear bumper and hood are all made of carbon fiber. The front fenders are also made of the light weight carbon weave, and measure wider than stock. Further shedding pounds, the windows save the windshield have been replaced with polycarbonate.

In total, the Griffon Concept sheds 500 lbs compared to the stock GT 86 (already an incredibly light car), to tip the scales at just 2,280 lbs.

GALLERY: Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon Concept



Toyota to field GT 86 pair at the Nurburgring 24 – could WRC be far behind? [w/video] – autoblog

By , April 9, 2012 3:13 pm
Toyota GT 86 Gazoo Racing racecar


Posted Apr 9th 2012 2:58PM



You don't build a chassis as superbly balanced and capable as that which underpins the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT 86 and Scion FR-S without taking it racing. Fortunately the Japanese auto marques involved have plenty of competition spirit coursing through their veins, and are already gearing up to take the nimble little sportscar racing at events around the world.

Subaru recently unveiled the GT300 racing version of the BRZ which it will be fielding in Japan's SuperGT series, and now Toyota is following suit with the announcement that it will be bringing not one, but two examples of its GT 86 to the Nürburgring to compete in the grueling 24-hour race there next month. The pair of cars – whose level of modification remains unclear – will be fielded by the company's own Gazoo Racing team alongside one Lexus LFA.

Toyota's racing plans for the GT 86 extend beyond the 'Ring, however, as it has revealed a program to support privateer teams fielding the car domestically in both the Super Taikyu Endurance Series and All-Japan Rally Championship. The latter announcement crucially comes at a time when rumors have resurfaced of Toyota preparing to re-enter the World Rally Championship – a series which the Japanese automaker dominated in the 1990s with four Drivers' Championships and three Constructors' Championships.

The company shut down its WRC operation to branch into Formula One, but now that its F1 program is long gone, could the time be right for Toyota's return to the pinnacle of rallying? Only time will tell, but for now you can scope out the press release and video footage by scrolling below to see what Toyota has in store in the short run.

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TMC Outlines GAZOO Activities for 2012
Car Enjoyment to be Promoted through '86' Sports Car

Toyota City, Japan, April 6, 2012-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced its 2012 GAZOO activity plans, which are aimed at broadening the appeal of car racing and fostering more car enthusiasts. To successfully reach and support a new generation of car enthusiasts around the world, TMC is striving to make ever-better cars that satisfy drivers and promote the joy of cars in ways that transcend the role of a typical car manufacturer.

As part of initiatives to develop ever-better cars, the GAZOO Racing team has been competing in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race since 2007 and has launched "GAZOO Racing tuned by MN"1 (GRMN), "G Sports"2 (G's) and other models to give car enthusiasts a taste of the thrill of racing and to help develop human resources capable of "automotive seasoning".

To promote the enjoyment of cars, TMC has hosted various events across Japan, such as GAZOO Racing "Waku Doki" circuit events, which give drivers with no racing experience an easy opportunity to safely drive their car on a racetrack.

This year, TMC will use its "86" sports car to promote the allure of cars and foster new ranks of car enthusiasts by entering the vehicle together with the Lexus "LFA" in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race held in Germany from May 17 to 20. Scenes from the race will also be webcast. To promote grass-roots motor sports in Japan, TMC will also sponsor teams competing with the 86 in the Super Taikyu Endurance Series and All-Japan Rally Championship, both of which serve as goals for amateur drivers aspiring to the next level of racing.

For 2012, the slogan "I Love Cars!" will be used for GAZOO activities to encourage car enthusiasts to connect with each other through motor sports and at various events.

Efforts to Develop Ever-better Cars

1. Competing in the 24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race

TMC will compete in the 40th 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race, which will be held at the Nürburgring Circuit in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, from May 17 to 20. This marks the sixth entry for the GAZOO Racing team. Two Toyota 86 sports cars will be entered in addition to the Lexus LFA. TMC will also seek to cultivate personnel suitable for the development of ever-better cars by engaging its own employees as drivers and mechanics for the race.

GAZOO Racing Team for 40th 24 Hours Nürburgring
Team name GAZOO Racing
Vehicle Lexus LFA 86
Car No. 1 Car No. 2
Drivers Takayuki Kinoshita Masahiko Kageyama Hiroaki Ishiura
Akira Iida Hisami Sato Kazuya Oshima
Juichi Wakisaka Yoshinobu Katsumata* Takuto Iguchi
Minoru Takaki*
Mechanics TMC personnel
*Current TMC employee

2. GRMN and G's Vehicles

TMC will seek to launch market versions of the GRMN and G's concept cars that were displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January. TMC employees with experience competing in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race will fine-tune these models.

Efforts to Promote Enjoyment through Cars

1. Offering the Thrill of Racing

To foster grass-roots motor sports, TMC will provide racing and training opportunities, and will also support teams who compete in more advanced competitive activities (circuit and rally).

Experience and Training
GAZOO Racing promotes car-enjoyment programs that enable participants to experience motor sports and circuits firsthand. These programs are designed to allow those with no racing experience to participate safely, regardless of the brand of the vehicle they drive. This year, TMC will host community-oriented programs through collaboration with circuits, motor sports organizations, and companies across Japan.

GAZOO Racing "Waku Doki" Circuit Events
This year, to meet the needs of a wide range of fans, TMC will organize events ranging from circuit driving experiences to driving lessons. These programs will help drivers have fun improving their driving skills through basic classes, driving sessions led by an instructor, and the experience of riding along with a professional racecar driver.

Dates Location
March 25 Fuji Speedway
June 1 Fuji Speedway
June 16 Suzuka Circuit
July 23 Sportsland Sugo
August 25 Tokachi Speedway
September 7 Okayama International Circuit
September 12 Fuji Speedway
November 11 Autopolis

Advanced Competitions
Through a new program starting this year, TMC will contribute to the promotion of grass-roots motor sports with a wide participant base, aiming to increase the number of participants by sponsoring teams that compete with the 86 and by working with teams to spread news about the fun of grass-roots motor sports.

1) Activities to enliven circuit racing
Sponsor a team to compete in the Super Taikyu Endurance Series (vehicle: 86)

2) Activities to enliven rallying
- Sponsor a team to compete in the All-Japan Rally Championship (vehicle: 86)
- Sponsor the TRD Rally Challenge

2. Providing Venues for Car-Enthusiast Interaction
TMC will promote opportunities for car enthusiasts to gather around vehicles and share their dreams, hopes and enthusiasm for cars.

Hosting the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival
Held for ten consecutive years from 2001 as the Toyota Motorsports Festival, last year the name was changed to the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival to attract even more car enthusiasts by showing that the festival is not just about motor sports, but also about showing owners ways of enjoying their cars through programs such as GAZOO Mura3. The 2012 Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival is scheduled to take place at Fuji Speedway in late November.

Exhibiting in Custom Car Shows in Japan
By sponsoring its GAZOO Racing booth at custom car shows such as the Tokyo Auto Salon held in Japan every year from January to March, TMC hopes to encourage car fans and enthusiasts to share their excitement as they look at GRMN, G's, and other concept cars and to provide feedback that will be used in product planning.

Exhibiting GAZOO Racing at the 24 Hours Nürburgring
GAZOO Racing will once again sponsor its GRMN-brand booth at the 40th 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race to be held this year from May 17 to 20. TMC plans to display the prototype model for the "GRMN iQ Supercharger", which is slated for release in Japan this summer.

Exhibiting GAZOO Racing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
TMC will once again exhibit in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a motor sports festival to be held this year in Goodwood (West Sussex, England) from June 29 to July 1. The "GAZOO Racing 86", one of the vehicles that will be entered in the 40th 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race, will be among the vehicles displayed.

Program Exhibited vehicles
Hill climb drive GAZOO Racing LFA (vehicle competing in the 40th 24-hour Nürburgring endurance race)
GAZOO Racing 86 (vehicle competing in the 40th 24-hour Nürburgring endurance race)

1A product brand forged on the streets of Nürburgring-considered by many to be the crucible of performance-vehicle development-and through other races and fine-tuning by GAZOO Racing test drivers
2A sports conversion series of models fully tuned by GAZOO Racing test drivers and set at an affordable price range by reducing production costs through partial inline customization and other measures to give a wider range of consumers a taste of racing and the enjoyment of cars
3An initiative aimed at using cars and the Internet to connect towns and villages (mura) across Japan. Starting with three mura on the southern island of Kyushu in 2006, the program has expanded to what is now 58 mura covering all 47 prefectures of Japan. The 441 bloggers that contribute to's blog page write posts introducing the seasonal scenery and events in their mura, inviting people who read the blogs to drive out and visit them to participate in hands-on or experience-oriented activities.



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Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ at Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 – tune86

By , January 15, 2012 12:35 pm

Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ at Tokyo Auto Salon 2012


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