The sporty coupe is certainly anything but fresh today – even after it was enhanced by the Japanese company – but it’s still one of the few accessible options when it comes to having a fun little car.
Since its inception, the GT86 – sister model to the Subaru BRZ – has been appreciated for its love of sliding the rear outwards like a pro, especially since the drifts were controllable. Recently South African journalist Jesse Adams decided to see if the thing can be a serious perk for the model, and in the process nailed a new Guinness World Record for the world’s longest drift. With certification pending, Adams has slid the GT86 continuously over a distance of 102.5 miles (165.04 kilometers) – way more than the previous record holder, German driver Harald Müller, who worked out an 89-mile drift (144 km) inside… a GT86 back in 2014.
Adams’ record attempt took five hours and 46 minutes as he circled a wet skid pad more than 1,000 times. “The premise of the record is that the driven wheels are not allowed to stop spinning at any time during the run,” according to Toyota, even though the car can change direction any time it wants. The run was recorded with a couple of VBOX GPS data loggers – the laps averaged a mere 18 miles per hour (29 kilometers per hour), with 48 laps discarded and 952 officially logged and counted in. The GT86 is a standard example – the only modification was a second fuel tank installed in the spare-tire well.