Running In The Family – Toyota GT86

Running In The Family – Toyota GT86

Some sports cars have huge engines, giant turbos and spent their entire lives flying sideways down the road trying to hit every tree in on the way. And some sports cars are built to be light, nimble and do exactly what the driver wants them to do. Toyota’s GT86 is one such car. Built as a sort of sequel to the famous AE86, immortalised in the hugely popular Initial D comic and animations series, the GT86 is a front engined, rear wheel drive car with a sporty 2 litre engine capable of 145 mph. This has made it a great choice as a base for a racing car, and Team Toyota GB turned one in to it’s entry for the 2013 Brit Car 24 Hour Race at Silverstone, in which various classes of sports and saloon cars battle it out round the clock to see who can go the distance.

The GT86 has been built as a project with two other car manufacturers, Subaru and Scion, so the GT86 can also be seen as a Scion FR-S and a Subaru BRZ. In it’s various guises, the car can be seen rallying, drifting, taking part in GT races and with huge body kits taking part in the Japanese Super GT. For the 2013 Pikes Peak hill climb, legendary racer Nobuhiro Tajima took a GT86 body, put giant wheels on it and raced it up the hill. There are plenty of liveries to choose from if you download the blank template, or you can have a go at colouring the Team Toyota GB’s classic red and white livery.

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