Team Toyota GB will enter a Toyota GT86 in the UK’s toughest race, the Britcar 24 Hours.
The newly reformed squad will compete in the Production Class of the Silverstone enduro, with the livery on the new coupe paying tribute to the double BTCC champion car, the Toyota AE86 from the mid-1980s.
The racing version of the GT86 is currently under preparation at the Buckinghamshire technical centre of GPRM, the race preparation firm behind the successful BTCC Toyota Avensis prototype. Team engineers want to turn the powerful 2.0-liter sports car into a competitive racing machine, while keeping as much of the standard car’s specification as possible.
“The new Toyota has all the makings of a great production class racer. We are concentrating our efforts on stripping back the chassis, lightening and strengthening it and of course equipping it with a roll cage and all the other safety gear required, as well as quick-refuelling equipment. Other than that, the GT86 will remain essentially in road car form,” said Gary Blackham, who will oversee the team along with Roger King.
Drivers will be announced in the coming weeks. The Britcar 24 Hours is the only endurance race held in the UK for sports and GT cars and will take place at Silverstone on September 22-23.