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23 April 2013

Toyota Motorsport GmbH builds race-ready GT86 CS-V3

Words by Ferman Lao | Photos courtesy of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG)
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In case you haven't noticed, it's an open secret that the Toyota 86 was made for far greater things than just being a fun little sports coupe. It's not just for someone suffering from a midlife crisis or some yuppie who think that he's got it made. No sir! The Toyota 86 is so much more than that. Its mission in life is to remind all of us that we drive not just to get from point A to point B. Instead, driving is a skill that needs to be nurtured and the drive should be as much fun as the destination itself.
With that in mind, Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) created a “cost-effective” motorsport version of the 86. After an auspicious development period, wherein it finished 1st in its class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the car dubbed the TMG GT86 CS-V3 is now available on sale as an entry-level race car that offers low maintenance and running costs at a price that won't break the bank - €38,500 excluding tax to be exact or P2.071 million. This makes it the perfect choice for anyone who wants to get into motorsports.
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The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is competition-ready out of the box. It was specifically developed for the V3 class of the Nürburgring-based VLN series, but can likewise be raced in any production-based championship.
To prepare the Toyota 86 for racing duties, TMG calls on its wide motorsports acumen and equips the car with a racing exhaust, suspension, and 16-inch disk brakes with additional brake cooling. Meanwhile, the chassis has been made significantly stiffer with help from an FIA-approved roll cage apart from “optimizing weight distribution.” They've also slapped on a set of racing slicks mounted on 17-inch wheels.
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But to meet production-based homologation, the 2.0L four-cylinder boxer engine and six-speed manual transmission were left untouched. That means it still packs the same 200 hp and 205 Nm of torque. Acceleration, however, is a bit quicker thanks to less weight and stickier tires, so it now reaches 100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds.
The end product is a head-turning competitive race car that's built to the highest standards with the sole objective of delivering a fun and affordable racing experience.