Official: Toyota GT86 GT4 RacerTuesday, February 5, 2013 14:02 by Arman Barari
The next chapter in Toyota GT86′s fascinating story is all about motorsport, as Toyota reveals the first official GT4 racing version of the GT86. Developed jointly by GPRM Engineering in the UK, the GT86 GT4 is designed to be a cost-efficient entry-level endurance car, eligible for different racing series such as British GT championship, Britcar 24h, and Nurburgring 24h.
The GT86 has a superb chassis and they didn’t have to work on it that much. That left the team with a lot of time to tweak the 2.0 liter boxer engine and make it track ready. It is developed in conjunction with Nicholson McLaren Engines, who fitted it with a turbocharger, and is expected to deliver between 360 to 400 horsepower.
Hopefully some day we see that engine in a road-going GT86. One thing’s for sure, the drivers of this race car are going to have a damn good time behind the wheel.
GPRM and its directors Gary Blackham and Roger King believe the new Toyota will be a serious GT4 contender: “We have gone all out to engineer quality and reliability into the GT86 as well as competitiveness, and the result has provoked a lot of interest from all around Europe.” GPRM has already taken one GT86 order and is in advanced talks with a team keen to race one in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. “The Toyota GT86 will make an ideal GT4 contender in British GT, as well as in the many GT4 series growing in strength and popularity around Europe.”