Toyota has announced it will build a race version of the GT86, its new sports car which has received an enthusiastic thumbs-up all round, following its on-sale date earlier this year.
After Toyota's return to Le Mans in June, Team Toyota GB, which competed in the British Touring Car and British Rally Championships in the Eighties and Nineties, has been resurrected and will build the racing car, reported The Daily Telegraph.
The car is being developed by GPRM in Buckinghamshire, which also prepares Toyota's BTCC Avensis, and will make its debut in September's Britcar 24 Hour race at Silverstone.
The racing version of the GT86 will use the same 197bhp flat-four, 2.0-litre engine as the on-road iteration, as well as its rear-wheel-drive chassis. Gary Blackham of GPRM, said: "The new Toyota has all the makings of a great production class racer. 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. Other than that, the GT86 will remain essentially in road car form."
The car will run in the Production Class at Silverstone, with the driver line-up due to be announced in the coming weeks. It will wear the same livery as the Toyota AE86 that competed in the BTTC in the mid-eighties.