Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has unveiled a race-ready version of the European-market Toyota GT86, or Toyota 86 as we know it in South Africa. TMG are based in Germany and are well qualified to develop race versions of Toyota’s production cars, having formerly been responsible for Toyota’s Formula 1 program.
The Toyota GT86 CS-V3 was designed as an entry-level race car with easy maintenance and low running costs, specifically for the V3 class of the Nürburgring-based VLN series. For those who don’t know, the VLN is a group of motorsport clubs that each host one race of an annual ten-race season that is held on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Participants of VLN races range from amateurs in road legal cars with roll cages and harnesses, to professional factory teams racing ex-DTM or GT3 class cars.
Key changes to the Toyota GT86 CS-V3 include a stiffened chassis, optimised weight distribution, uprated suspension and brakes, as well as a competition specification exhaust system. Toyota has not said what the total weight reduction has been as a result of the stripped-out interior. The GT86 CS-V3 is also fitted with 17-inch wheels wrapped in slick racing rubber, a FIA-approved roll cage and electronic fire extinguisher, as well as a racing seat with 6-point safety harness.
Apart from the exhaust system, the 2.0-litre boxer engine remains unchanged with 147 kW and 205 Nm of torque.
In Europe, a race-ready TMG GT86 CS-V3 costs €38 500 (around R395 000) and is available to order with delivery times depending on the length of the order list. TMG have said they’re also considering the development of a faster, more focused, GT86 Cup car.