The Japanese based automaker Toyota and Gazoo Racing have announced their plans to compete in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring with a modified GT 86 sports car.
After the “competition” from Nissan has announced its plans to enter the same race, Toyota and Gazoo Racing have joined their forces and a specially modified GT 86 coupe will compete in the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring. According to the manufacturer, two Toyota GT 86 vehicles will hit the Ring and they will be driven by Masahiko Kageyama, Hisami Sato, Minoru Takaki, Takuto Iguchi, Kazuya Oshima, Hiroaki Ishiura and Yoshinobu Katsumata. Besides the modified Toyota GT 86, a Lexus LFA will enter the same race and it will be driven by Juichi Wakisaka, Akira Iida and Takayuki Kinoshita.
“Toyota Motor Corporation today (9th of April) announced its 2012 GAZOO activity plans, which are aimed at broadening the appeal of car racing and fostering more car enthusiasts. To successfully reach an support a new generation of car enthusiasts around the world, TMC is striving to make ever-better cars that satisfy drivers and promote the joy of cars in ways that transcend the role of a typical car manufacturer”, as the automaker said in its press release.
Unfortunately we don’t have any details on the modified Toyota GT 86 which will compete in the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, but the standard version is powered by the Subaru borrowed 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, which is developing 187 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque (151 lb-ft) at 6,600 rpm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission in standard or a six-speed automatic as an option.