GT4 Racing Version of Toyota GT-86 Set for Testing
- The first GT4 racing version of the Toyota GT-86 will hit the track later this month.
- GPRM is engineering the Toyota GT-86 for GT4 endurance racing.
- The car will be available for customer racers in various European GT4 series.
BUCKINGHAM, England — A racing version of the Toyota GT-86 by motorsport engineering company GPRM will begin testing later this month ahead of competition in European GT4 series racing.
The car is being produced as a cost-efficient entry-level endurance car. No pricing was announced. No official factory-supported entries are planned, but the project is being done with assistance from Toyota GB, which is providing technical support.
The prototype is slated to get its first on-track testing later this month. A series of test sessions will culminate in the sessions conducted by GT4 series manager SRO to gather data for equalizing competition among various makes.
"The Toyota GT-86 will make an ideal GT4 contender in British GT, as well as in the many GT4 series growing in strength and popularity around Europe," GPRM Co-Director Gary Blackham said.
GPRM launched its GT4 project in September following the Britcar24 last, the British debut race for the GT-86.
The car's 2.0-liter Boxer engine was developed in partnership with Nicholson McLaren Engines and is expected to crank out between 360 and 400 horsepower.
"We have gone all out to engineer quality and reliability into the GT-86 as well as competitiveness, and the result has provoked a lot of interest from all around Europe," Blackham said.
He indicated GPRM has one order for a car and is negotiating with a team that may field an entry in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
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