After many years of development by Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s in-house motorsports division, the road going version of the 24 hour Nürburgring cars, named the 86GRMN, will be available to purchase in 2016. Production is limited to 100 units and purchasing will be conducted by a lottery system. Oh, and it costs $53,000.
Aside from some obvious exterior carbon fiber enhancements, and unlike TRD’s 14R60, there appears to be some significant changes to the engine, drivetrain, and suspension. A rough Google translate seems to indicate changes in engine specs supported by a new ECU and images show a brand-new intake and exhaust manifold design. Other changes mentioned include a hollow driveshaft, intake and exhaust, transmission gear ratios, final drive, monoblock 6pot front and 4pot rear brakes, a single adjustable fixed-perch suspension design, as well as changes to the factory Torsen LSD. Gazoo has also gone through the chassis design and made improvements to the rigidity of the body, claiming a “torsional rigidity of about 1.8 times the base model ratio.”
Gazoo Racing also made an interesting choice with the wheel size and selected 17×7.5 fronts and 17×8.5 rears, with 215/40 and 235/40 respectively. I say interesting because most track enthusiasts have found that square setups have been proven much faster and more predictable than staggered, and for a car born from motorsport, it seems like an odd decision.
The car will be officially on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon in a couple weeks. For detailed information (in Japanese) and images, click here.
Gazoo Racing has created multiple cars for different racing series, and all of them have been sources of inspiration for me, mostly in the areas of suspension and engine. The Gazoo/TOM’S Spirit 86 was on display at Toyota Megaweb dealership on Odaiba earlier this year and I spent a long time poking my head and phone in and around the car (while probably getting a lot of people staring and wondering what some random white kid was doing). This particular prototype was actually on display the same time I was there, but was closely watched by a Toyota employee, and looking mostly like a stock car, I didn’t really have an opportunity or bother taking the time to take an in-depth look like I did on the Spirit 86. I wish I did now though…