250 hp 2015 GT86 CS-R3 Rally Car

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has been testing the 250 hp 2015 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 and it’s about to be released for sale.

The 2015 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car that made its public debut at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, will be available for performance fans soon. The Toyota GT86 CS-R3 will be offered for sale to private customers and Toyota dealerships in the global markets where GT86 is sold. Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has been testing the 250 hp GT86 CS-R3 in Germany to get it ready for production and release to the public. And it’s almost ready.

The rear-drive sports coupe has been under development by TMG for over a year and put the CS-R3 through its paces as a zero car on Rallye Deutschland, which took place around Trier, Germany, this year on August 21-24. The car did not compete but had an important role testing each stage to ensure safety.

A true rally car

aa-gt86The GT86 CS-R3 Rally Car conforms to the FIA’s R3 regulation, which allows modification of its 2.0-liter boxer engine. Changes to the software and hardware, such as cam lift and compression ratio, are part of an extensive development program and the final car is targeted to deliver 240-250 hp.

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The sports coupe is designed to provide a cost-effective way for fans to enjoy the thrills of competitive rallying, from local events up to and including the WRC. That decision perfectly reflects the Toyota theme of ‘fun to drive, again’ whilst following the automaker’s enthusiasm for encouraging participation through grassroots motorsport initiatives.

GT86 CS-R3 modifications

Throughout the development process, TMG says they focused on reducing weight while still delivering safety, reliability and of course lots of fun. The GT86 rally car will feature a sequential shift six-speed transmission and limited slip rear differential and inside its fitted with an FIA-homologated safety cage designed for weight optimization. The rear-drive sports coupe will also come with a racing clutch, lightweight flywheel and JTEKT hydraulic power steering with short ratio.

TMG has also sourced tailor-made wiring looms and motorsport engine ECUs, while the car will feature market-leading tarmac and gravel suspension kits, including specifically-designed control arms. GT86 CS-R3 has already undergone extensive testing on various race conditions and surfaces to prepare for its dealer launch in 2015.

Toyota says the 2015 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2015 in kit form and TMG expects to offer a price comparable with other R3 models. The sports car just made another public appearance during the recent Wales Rally GB and TMG says development is progressing well. Pricing will be announced after confirmation of the final specifications.

Thanks to author Denis Flierl

Published on www.torquenews.com

Toyota announces GT86 improvements and new 86 “Style Cb” Edition



Toyota announces GT86 improvements and new 86 “Style Cb” Edition

The 2015 Toyota GT86 is getting some improvements and a new 86 Style Cb Edition for Japan is announced.

Just like Subaru announced the new Japan market 2015 BRZ would be getting improvements, Toyota is doing the same for the GT86 sports coupe. Also like the BRZ, the Toyota sports coupe will be for the Japan market. The new sports coupe will be available April 8 in Japan. A new 86 Style Cb Edition was also announced and will be released April 23 in Japan.

GT86 improvements

The GT86 gets the same improvements like BRZ and comes with improved ride quality, steering quality and enhanced the interior materials and there are new exterior colors. In addition GT86 gets a new center cluster with silver metallic paint, the interior color of GT “Limited”, employs a tan color. GT86 will come with 8 speakers as standard equipped, cruise control and 7 exterior colors including a new Pure Red color.

New 86 Style Cb Edition

A new 86 Style Cb will be coming to Japan on April 23. Cb stands for “Cool beauty” and will feature some new exterior upgrades. 86 Style Cb will come with a new front bumper and front grille, oval-shaped head lamps with metallic bezels that will give the sports coupe an extended nose. A new optional rear spoiler is also available on the new Cb model.

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The new sports coupe also comes equipped with dedicated LED front turn and clearance lamps on the front grille that sets it apart from the standard GT86. The new Cool beauty with LED illumination will stand out at night. A new two-tone exterior beige and brown paint will further enhance the sports car and set it apart. Inside, 86 Style Cb will be enhanced with a “Cb” emblem on the leather steering wheel, new white analog gauges and ebony woodgrain in the cabin.

No changes to the drivetrain

Just like the Subaru BRZ, Toyota will not make any upgrades to the GT86 and 86 Style Cb drivetrains. They will continue with the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer engine for 2015. It will still come with 200hp and 151 lb. ft of torque. Two transmissions are available, the 6-speed manual gearbox and 6-speed automatic with paddles shifters. Pricing on GT86 will be 4,180,582 Yen ($34,893 USD) and 4,263,055 Yen ($35,581 USD) for the 86 Style Cb.

What does this mean for U.S. BRZ/Scion FR-S models?

Subaru and Toyota are upgrading the 2015 BRZ and 2015 GT86 Japan models and we will likely see a new-generation sports coupe for 2016 or 2017 in North America. Interest has cooled andFR-S/BRZ sales have taken a nose dive here in the U.S. Both models need a major refresh and changes to the powertrain would definitely create new excitement for the sports coupe. Stay tuned.

Thanks to author Denis Flierl

Published on www.torquenews.com


Press Releases

24 June 2015

The hotly anticipated Toyota 86 Racing Series has moved a step closer to its 2016 track debut with the appointment of a management company led by prominent motorsport identity Neil Crompton.

Crompton’s AirTime Autosport will be the main contact for budding competitors and others keen to be involved in the affordable grassroots series which will feature races at selected rounds of the V8 Supercars.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the company’s latest foray into motorsport now involves two great Toyota ambassadors – Neil Crompton and four-times Australian rally champion Neal Bates.

Neil Crompton and Neal Bates discuss details for the Toyota 86 Racing Series.
Neil Crompton and Neal Bates discuss details for the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

“Neil Crompton brings an extensive motorsport background to the administration of the Toyota 86 Racing Series while Neal Bates has developed a brilliant race car that will ensure close competition between professional and amateur drivers,” Mr Cramb said.


“We have already had more than 300 expressions of interest from Toyota 86 owners and others who believe they have what it takes to compete in this grassroots motorsport initiative,” he said.

“Over the coming months we will have further announcements about the Toyota 86 Racing Series, including the names of professional drivers who will compete against, as well as mentor, the amateur drivers.”

Mr Cramb said the appointment of the category manager coincided with the formal branding of the pro-am competitive events as the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

He also announced the series’ eligibility will be broadened to include the high-grade 86 GTS manual as well as the GT manual variant, expanding the opportunities for owners to compete.

Key specifications will be controlled to ensure their suitability and reliability while keeping costs as low as possible. These include suspension, brakes, extractors and exhaust, ECU, oil cooler, rims and tyres as well as mandatory safety gear.

Crompton, who has raced everything from production cars to V8 Supercars to an Indy Car and is now a high-profile TV commentator, said the Toyota 86 Racing Series will have fantastic grassroots appeal.

“It’s a great personal thrill to be part of a series that brings together Toyota’s impressive motorsport heritage, an iconic sports car, Australia’s biggest motorsport category and national television coverage,” he said.

Neil Crompton competing in the Toyota 86 Development race car.
Neil Crompton competing in the Toyota 86 Development race car.

“The return of Toyota to the mainstream paddock is an amazing opportunity for new talent and existing competitors to make a name for themselves in a series that will greatly benefit Australian motorsport.

“Neal Bates and his team have done a brilliant job producing race cars with a low-cost performance kit that ensures a level playing field where the emphasis will be on driver skill.”

The Toyota 86 has become a cult hero since being launched in mid-2012 with Australians having bought more than 14,000 cars. Only Japan and the United States have bought more cars.

Courtsey of Toyota Motorsport Pressroom


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