Doesn’t the new concept for the upcoming Toyota GR 86 look the business?! Quintessentially Japanese, the in-house tuning department at Toyota (Gazoo Racing) went to town on the new model, forgetting legalities and fitting it out with every part they could find in the catalogue. The end result is an aggressive – yet mature – concept that has us chomping at the bit for the new model to hit Aussie shores. Make no mistake, this variant is designed for lap times only, and can’t be driven on the streets of Japan, Australia, or anywhere – maybe Texas.
Gazoo Racing got its hands on one of the earliest models of GR 86 for tuning and development purposes. Used as a study car, they outfitted the vehicle in what appears to be every part from their catalogue. In pursuit of “a package to run fast without legal regulations, power up, optimization of body rigidity, weight reduction and improvement of aerodynamic performance at the circuit Designed to keep track of lap times”. It certainly appears like they’ve achieved their goal.
Starting from the front of the vehicle. The front end has been emphasised for aerodynamic performance with a large front wing and canards to ensure downforce. Along the front of the bumper bar, you’ll find large inlet ducts in the upper part of the grille to increase the ‘ramming’ effect of air into the engine by using running wind pressure. The wheel wells and arches themselves have been designed to remove air from inside with angled outlets built into them – preventing underbody air overflowing and directing the air into the rear wing.
A widebody kit offers an extra 43mm of width to each side for added wheel and tire width. Furthermore, the air outlet above the wheel arch exhausts the air inside and contributes to the generation of downforce. The side skirts mate with the wide fenders and offer horizontal plates along the bottom for increased ground effect as well as air ducts at the rear to further aid downforce.
At the rear, you’ll find a sports muffler with a focus on sound. As well as a rear diffuser to match with large vertical fins that assist the Rr wing to generate powerful downforce. Designed to obtain efficient downforce by narrowing the wing chord length toward the wing tip like the main wing of an aircraft, the rear wing features winglets for suppression of vortices.
With an extremely thin spoke cross-section, the wheels are 19-inch in diameter and supremely lightweight. The face features a Y-spoke design for structure and efficient in-plane rigidity needed for the deep concave design that matches the widebody. Other mechanical upgrades include a Monoblock Brake Kit, GR suspension kit that’s fully adjustable and features a friction-reducing DLC coating. This is as JDM as it gets, and we can’t wait to get our greasy mitts on the new GR 86 when it hits Aussie shores.