19 December 2012 / Vehicles
Toyota New Zealand has confirmed the recently announced prototype TR 86 race car will be on display at forthcoming events in the Toyota Racing Series summer programme.
Developed locally using race components to compete in a potential one-make race series, this will be New Zealand race fans' first opportunity for an up-close look at the new performance-bred iteration of the headline-generating Toyota 86.
The proposed one-make race programme would be a 'world first' for the 86 sports coupe and provide a unique opportunity for Kiwi racers to take part in a new era of New Zealand motorsport.
The prototype features an FIA-compliant homologated roll cage, race-tuned suspension, performance exhaust system, ECU map upgrade, racing brake package and a racing wheel and tyre package; while the cockpit features include customised race seats, steering wheel and 6-point seatbelts.
The TR 86 will be the ultimate turnkey track car, but while Kiwi 86 fans will have to wait a little longer to glimpse the new track car, the popularity of the road-going 86 is already plain to see. Toyota New Zealand finishes 2012 on a high with 126 examples of the new sports coupe already sold and another 46 forward orders on the way.
"The 86 has achieved everything we hoped it would in the market," says Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell. "Customers from all walks of life have embraced the 86 as something completely unique. With 62 percent of those sales being highly specified GTs, its clear the 86's credentials as a dynamic sports coupe for a fantastic price are well recognised in New Zealand."
The road-going 86 line-up has also capped off its debut year on sale by winning the title of 2012 New Zealand Car of the Year. The model topped voting across 10 finalists assessed by the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild, who partnered with the New Zealand Automobile Association in the awards for the first time in 2012. The 86 also picked up the Sports/Performance category award.
The Toyota Racing Series gets underway with the first round at Teretonga Park Raceway, Invercargill across January 10-13, 2013.