Unless you’ve been living under a rock underneath another rock for the past year, you should be familiar with this car. The Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ has been a runaway success thanks largely in part to its incredible handling dynamics. Even Top Gear’s resident power monkey, Jeremy Clarkson, has been enraptured by the way the little Toyota handles itself around a track.
What we need now is a proper racing spec version to come out. Subaru has already been campaigning a version of the BRZ in the GT300 class of the Japanese Super GT Racing Series, but as normal humans, we need something a little more attainable than the product of a full on factory racing effort. Fortunately, some chaps at GPR Motorsports in Buckingham, UK have just created such a car. Welcome to the Toyota GT86 GT4.
Using a formula derivative of the existing FIA GT3 Championship, the GT4 class was designed as a true amateur championship (whereas GT3 allowed a certain level of professional drivers to compete). As a result, GT4 class cars are the least powerful of the four classes, putting the GT86 GT4 in competition with contenders such as the BMW Z4, Chevrolet Camaro, Mazda MX5, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, and even the Lotus Evora.
While GPR Motorsports performed the chassis work, renowned engine tuners Nicholson McLaren worked their magic on the GT86′s 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder ‘Boxer’ engine to produce anywhere between 360 to 400HP. Founded in 1972 by John Nicholson, Nicholson McLaren started out maintaining the Cosworth DFV engines for McLaren race cars and remains active today building and maintaining race engines. Needless to say, they know what they’re doing.
As of now, the car has yet to be tested, but GPRM says that they have already taken one order and another team has already expressed great interest in racing the car in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship and for good reason. As it stands, the GT86 is already a very affordable car. Compared to some of the Astons, Porsches, and even BMWs that it will be running against, the GT86 GT4 will be a very cost-efficient endurance race car.
Consider us sold. It’s great to see a proper race spec version of the GT86 already being produced and while the GT86 GT4 is not the product of a full factory effort, Toyota G.B. has promised to provide technical support to GPRM as tuning and development continues. We already love how the racing aero work hasn’t deducted too much from the base car’s original appearance and that the exhaust vents out the rear quarter panel. Now to start a fund for the Sub5zero racing team…
Source: Toyota UK