Yes, you read that right: an electric Toyota GT 86 built by TGMY (based in Osaka, Japan) was taken to the famous Suzuka Circuit where it set an impressive lap time of 2 minutes and 57 seconds.
To create this electric GT 86, TGMY replaced the standard 2.0 liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine with an electric motor that develops a total of 100 HP and 177 lbs-ft of torque. The electric motor takes its power from a 37kWh Lithium Polymer battery pack that offers an autonomy of 250 kilometers, or 155 miles. However, because of the electric motor, the GT 86 is about 202 kilos (445 lbs) heavier than the standard GT 86.
Enjoy the video and let us know if you would like Toyota to create an electric GT 86.
Should we be surprised Toyota is considering a hybrid version for their latest GT 86 sports car? No, we think not! In an interview with TopGear, GT68’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed that Toyota is indeed considering a more powerful version for the GT86 - a model that could feature a hybrid powertrain.
And if you thought he was talking about the usual power-train seen in the Prius you were wrong. He said that the hybrid GT 86 will combine the usual 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four engine with a KERS system that will recover energy during braking. This system will help the car delivering an impressive 300 HP and will significantly improve the performance numbers.
However, Tetsuya Tada said a final decision will be made in the upcoming future, so stay tuned for more details.
Love them or hate them, the Toyoscibaru triplets are a relative success and the Scottish Car of the Year award brass have confirmed its UK dominance by gracing it with the “Best Coupe” award. While the GT86 may not be a powerhouse, pumping 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter Subaru-built flat-4 engine, its lightweight body and low stance make it a true “driver’s car.”
Ultimately, its “driver’s car” feel combined with its 164 g/km of CO2 emissions and 39.8 mpg was what convinced the voting members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers to give the Toyota the award. There is no mention of what other cars contended the GT86 for the title, but the press release alludes to the fact that the Toyota GT86 was a come-from-behind winner this year.
Congrats to Toyota on its latest achievement. This only leads us to wonder what else Toyota has in store for us, especially considering the fact that Toyota recently confirmed that the GT86 is just the first of a series of sports cars that the automaker will release. We all anticipate the other two being a return of the Celica and a redo of the MR2 that would hopefully put to bed the underachieving MR-2 Spyder that we saw in the mid-2000s.
In a recent interview with Top Gear, Toyota GT-86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that the new GT 86 is just the first of a series of three new sports cars set to be launched by Toyota. He also announced that the GT 86 is placed in the middle of the two future sports cars, with pricing obviously following in the same pattern.
These two new sports cars will not include the long-rumored successor of the Supra. When asked about this, Tada said that it could be possible for Toyota to also offer such a model, but right now, the engineers are pretty busy developing the other two Toyota sports cars. It usually takes about five years to develop a sports car from conceptualization to production, so the odds of seeing anything for the Supra before that are not good.
But back to the new sports cars... Will we be seeing successors for models like the Celica and the MR2/MR-S? Aside from these choices, there isn’t much left for Toyota to pick through and develop.
In the land where the Transformers were born - no, we’re not talking about Cybertron - a new robot franchise is set to be born and it’s serving notice to everyone that they’ve got the perfect car-to-robot set-up that could potentially replace Optimus Prime and company.
It’s called Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter - no idea what that means - and the early renderings of the characters show some definite promise, particularly the licensed vehicles that are expected to be part of the franchise. Check out the photos and you’ll see that there’s a Toyota GT 86, a Mazda RX-8, a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, and the Godzilla itself, the Nissan GT-R.
Created by Square Enix, the people behind the Final Fantasy video game franchise, Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter was first launched recently as an arcade game with an animated film version set to be released later this year.
No word on yet on whether this new animated franchise will head outside Japan, but from the looks of things, we’re expecting a lot based on what we’ve already seen.
When Toyota re-entered the affordable sports car market with the GT-86, they definitely didn’t tell us about how extensive their plans really were for the car. Turns out, it’s more than just a sports coupe; it also has plenty of race car iterations.
Their latest race car spec for the GT 86 is called the CS-V3 Racer, a race car that’s been built to compete in the V3 class of the VLN series.
In order to give it all the right specs needed for competition, Toyota gave the GT 86 CS-V3 a new racing exhaust, a track-focused suspension, high-performance brakes, and a stronger chassis with optimized weight distribution. Under the hood, the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder model can be found with an output of 200 horsepower.
For all intents and purposes, the 86 CS-V3 has been described as "an entry-level race car for easy maintenance, low running costs and great fun", something Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TMG President, has described as a car that’s ideally suited for production-based motorsport.
"We want to share the passion of motorsport with as many people as possible and this car is the result," Kinoshita said.
"It already looks fantastic and has superb handling, so with further performance and safety upgrades we have created a really exciting and competitive car which is extremely cost effective."
The Toyota GT-86 CS-V3 has been priced at €38,500, which is around $47,850 at the current exchange rates.
If it’s not obvious, Chris Harris is a rather respected member of our little automotive club here. When he tests out something, he really pushes it to the max and lets us know exactly what he thinks in plain old English. We don’t always agree with him, but we do always respect what he has to say.
In his latest video, he has put a car that he fell in love with the moment he sat in the driver’s seat, the Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ to us America-based folks), against the Nissan 370Z, and a Porsche Cayman S. Sure, the Cayman S is a lot more car, but the one he’s driving has 77,000 miles on the ticker, so it’s been pretty well thrashed around.
We did a similar test just a few days ago, but we sadly didn’t get to whip all of the cars around a twisty back road, and we actually placed the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ fairly low on our list – behind the 370Z. Our test was slightly different that Chris’, as it involved more cars and we have a slightly different opinion of what is fun to drive about a sports car, but is there a possibility that Chris may come to our side of the table and pick the 370Z over the Toyota GT 86?
You’re going to have to check out the video above to see exactly what his final decision was. Whether you agree with him or not you get to have one heck of a time watching him wail on these cars.
The fellas over at Speedhunters.com have found a pretty good way to spend their time. Together with KW, the two companies have paired up to build a special Toyota GT-86 drift car that comes with a ridiculous body kit and an even more ridiculous Toyota Supra engine. It even has a cool new name: the 86X.
To give the car a decidedly drifty look, Speedhunters and KW fitted a TRA Kyoto 6666 Customs GT Rodeo Special Rocket Bunny wide body prototype fender conversion on the sports car to go with a new livery design that was done by the fine folks over at As Technical University. In order to give the car a full drifting dress down, the entire interior was modified to serve its drifting purpose. Instead of the usual digs that come with a GT-86, KW and Speedhunters took all the unneeded components out in favor of FIA seats, a GS Performance steering wheel, a Takata FIA harnesses, an automatic circuit breaker setup, custom dashboard switches, a throttle pedal assembly, and a custom steering column.
The 86X Drift Car will also be set up with two different 2JZ-GTE Supra engines, one of which produces 640 horsepower and 605 lb/ft of torque. The second engine - a 3.4-liter 2JZ-GTE Supra engine - will produce a staggering 800 horsepower and 738 lb/ft of torque. The powertrain is then mated to a four-speed transmission from Mid-Valley. The car also uses an Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) triple disc race clutch and an ACT custom flywheel, a driveshaft courtesy of Ingar at Powertrain, and rear axles by The Driveshaft Shop.
All in all, the project took only 37 days to finish and has already competed in a number of drift competitions in Europe.
The Japanese automaker recently announced that they’re bringing their new sports coupe to the Production Class of the British 24-hour Endurance Race. It will see action dressed with a livery inspired by the 1980’s British Touring Car Championship-winning AE86 Corolla GT. As it currently stands, the car is still under development at the Buckinghamshire Technical Center of GPRM, these are the same folks responsible for building the BTCC Toyota Avensis racer from a few years ago.
Full specifications have not yet been revealed, but according to Toyota, the race-spec GT 86 will carry a host of racing modifications that the company explains will turn the sports car into a "competitive track machine" that will retain as much of the production version’s specification as possible.
"We are concentrating our efforts on stripping back the chassis, lightening and strengthening it and of course equipping it with a roll cage and all the other safety gear required, as well as quick-refuelling equipment," said GPRM’s Gary Blackham.
"Other than that, the GT86 will remain essentially in road car form."
Since the British 24 Hour Endurance Race won’t begin until the weekend of September 22nd at the Silverstone Grand Prix, we’ll have more time to find out more about this race-spec GT 86 race car before it makes its endurance debut.
Turns out, they didn’t wait until the last part of 2012 to let everyone know that they are, in fact, working on the Toyota sports coupe. Now, the program isn’t complete yet, but these photos, which the Japanese tuner released, certainly give us an idea of what those guys have been working on.
The aero kit appears to include a slew of new components, including a more aggressive front apron, new side skirts, and front fender vent parts. Over at the back, there’s a new spoiler that’s attached to the car’s boot, a new rear apron that connects to an integral diffuser, and a departure from the dual exhaust set-up in favor of a quad-pipe exhaust system. Finally, a new set of wheels have been fitted to the GT-86 while a lowered sports suspension gives the car a racy look.
Wald International will have more to do on this car with the Japanese tuner earmarking an end of 2012 release of the program. Be sure to wait for that because we’re certainly expecting something impressive from Wald.