TOYOTA GT86 GT4 RACER TO HIT THE TRACK
Britcar GT86 sprouts wing and turbo to graduate into a true GT4 contender
that’s more akin to GT3 level competition), its credentials certainly stack up. The Ginetta G50 and Mazda MX-5 GT4 might have some competition on their hands.
That’s because this entry-level endurance racer uses a turbocharged version of the road car’s 2.0-litre direct injection Boxer motor that’s been developed in conjunction with race engine manufacturer Nicholson McLaren Engines. The firm has two Formula 1 World Championships as an engine supplier to its name, so we’ll trust it knows what it’s doing…
According to Gary Blackham, co-director of GPRM – the Buckinghamshire-based motorsport outfit that’s developed the GT86’s chassis – “The new engine from Nicholson McLaren will be capable of between 360 and 400hp, although of course the definitive output figure will be determined by the balance of performance testing.”
The GT86 made its race debut at last year’s Britcar 24 at Silverstone and GPRM kicked off the GT4’s development immediately after that race. It’s already in talks with a customer team that’s keen to race the car in the British GT Championship. With an eighth place finish overall on its debut – competing against higher-spec and much more powerful GT3 machinery – there’s plenty of promise for the Toyota.
Even better, there’s plenty of promise for the average PHer. With up to 400hp from a lightly breathed-on version of the standard road car’s motor, we could very possibly see some of this race car tech trickle down to the show room in due course. Now there’s a thought.