The GT86 CS-R3 moved closer to its full-blooded rally competition debut later this year with Toyota Motorsport confirming final specification details.
The CS-R3 was launched in prototype form last August, since when it has undergone an extensive test programme to fine-tune design and specification of the kit that will be delivered to private competitors and teams.
Toyota FT-1 concept car, 2014
It’s fascinating, if you’re interested in cars, to look back at concept cars from days gone by. Though they never make it to market in exactly the same form as the concept itself, they’ve often been important pointers towards what consumers can expect in the next few years. The real beauty of them is that they allow the minds of the designers to run wild, unfettered by considerations of cost, marketability, and in some cases, sanity.
Today’s concept cars, while still leaning towards futuristic fantasy, have to have an eye on the fact that the internet is changing the way people interact with their cars. Instant access to GPS based maps is now a given, and the future of in-car entertainment is going to be one in which cars are built with superfast broadband connections and WLAN hotspots. The development cycle for cars is much longer than that for electronics (simply because they’re more expensive), so a degree of future-proofing is necessary.
Toyota GT86 is undoubtedly an emblematic sports car, which in addition is a hugely popular model among the tuning community. This also counts for the Dotz Shift tuning company which embarked on a project with the aim to make the GT86 deliver the purest sports feeling ever.
The car is equipped with a 2L flat engine that develops 200 HP (147 kW) and has qualities of a true Japanese racer. The German based Dotz Shift refined their dynamic pearl white version of the car and has equipped it with their shiny black and polished 19 inch wheels. In addition, the GT86’s classic sports car architecture was enhanced with a TRD body kit that comprises of a front and rear spoiler, a 4-pipe rear silencer and Eibach springs.
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.
The first GT4 racing version of the Toyota GT86 will hit the track later this month following completion of the first chassis by Buckingham-based motorsport engineering pioneer GPRM.
The new car is powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder ‘Boxer’ engine which has been developed in conjunction with Nicholson McLaren Engines. The GT86 will be shaken down at a UK circuit ahead of a schedule of European tests and the pre-season ‘balance of performance’ sessions organised by GT4 series organiser SRO.
Toyota’s stunning GT86 is now available for racing after Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) launched the cost-effective TMG GT86 CS-V3 for private participants.
Following a successful development period, during which it won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the TMG GT86 CS-V3 has been refined and packaged as an entry-level race car for easy maintenance, low running costs and great fun.
The exciting rear-wheel-drive, 200hp car has been developed specifically for the V3 class of the Nürburgring-based VLN series and homologation from the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund provides a licence to thrill in this and many other production-based championships.