Toyota GT 86 Rally Unveiled

Toyota GT86 Set For Nurburgring 24 hours Race nurburgring toyota 86

 

We are getting constantly teased by Toyota about the rally version of the 86, the more the more we get teaser videos about the car the better we get the picture, according to motorward.com the car is meant to compete in the upcoming Nurburgring 24 Hours Race:

Looks like the Toyota GT 86 rally car we told you about a couple of times before is not just bound to compete in the Japanese Rally championship. The racing car’s bigger and more important task is to show decent performance at the next Nurburgring 24 hours race, where it will be pitched against many of its rivals in the market. That explains all the track testings this rally car has been doing during development.

The Nurburgring racer GT 86 will be fielded by Toyota and Gazoo Racing, who also are also behind the car’s future rally career in Japan. There will be two racing 86′s taking on the Green Hell, driven by Masahiko Kageyama, Hisami Sato, Yoshinobu Katsumata, Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Takuto Iguchi and Minoru Takaki.

Technical details of the Toyota 86 race car are yet to be revealed, but based on the videos we’ve see so far of it, it seems to be a pretty serious contender.

 

More news from ft86club.com with more details about Toyota and Gazoo racing‘s participation in the Nurburgring 24hr. Now this is big news as it seems like Toyota is making the best out of its current one and only mass production sports car:

 

For the 6th time, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will be going back and participating in the 40th ADAC 24-hr of Nürburgring scheduled from May 17th to the 20th.

GAZOO Racing team have prepared 3 GAZOO Racing cars shown sporting the new team livery.

The 500HP GAZOO Racing Lexus LF-A will be racing in the Division 1 SP8 category. It will be driven by Takayuki Kinoshita, Akira Iida, and Juichi Wakisaka.

And the two 200 hp GAZOO Racing 86 will be racing in the Division 1 SP3. The first 86 will be driven by Masahiko Kageyama, Yoshinobu Katsumata and Kumi Sato.

The 2nd 86 car will be driven by Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Takuto Iguchi and Takagi Real.

And just like in previous years, the driver and crew will be a combination of Professional Toyota racing drivers and employees of Toyota Motor Corporation, in order to nurture human resources within the company. 
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.

GAZOO RACING PRESS RELEASE:
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.

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