If you asked us, we’ve always believed that it was only a matter of time before the Toyota GT 86 would have its own racing series.
That apparently is coming closer to fruition after a Toyota spokesman told Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that the brand’s resident sports coupe could make its racing debut in its own one-make racing series sooner rather than later.
Should discussions turn into reality, it should pave the way for the Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon , which is in attendance at Goodwood, to go into production.
It’s still a one-off concept at the moment, a car Toyota and TRD developed to proudly highlight the racing credentials of the GT 86. It’s undergone extensive testing in Japan to make it fit for racing competition. It’s been reported that the Japanese automaker is trying to break a Ferrari lap time record with the Griffon Concept at an unnamed racing circuit in Japan.
Whether it breaks the record or not isn’t the important thing here. It’s the reported interest from Toyota to give the GT 86 its own racing series, something that we definitely would want to see.
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Toyota GT 86 Griffon by TRD
As a one-off concept, the GT 86 Griffon Concept is treated with utmost care by Toyota. On the other hand, Toyota is also using the vehicle to determine just how far the GT 86 can go when developed for racing purposes.
At the moment, the GT 86 Griffon Concept comes with a lightweight, carbon-fiber body that was put in to make the car lighter and faster off the grid. It also has larger brakes, a stronger chassis, and most importantly, a 2.0-liter boxer engine that develops 300 horsepower, well over the standard 200-horsepower output of the standard GT 86.