Toyota has just announced that it will be fielding two GT 86 models at Japan’s SuperGT Series at the Nurburgring, just behind Subaru’s BRZ.
Gazoo Racing modified the set, although just how they did so has not been outlined, yet. Toyota may also be entering the World Rally Championship to dominate again as it has done in the past. Formula One has been taking the place of WRC for the automaker, but with F1 out of the picture, it opens up new avenues for Toyota to explore.
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The automaker is looking expand to the next generation of automotive enthusiasts, with promotional events with Gazoo Racing for novice drivers to get out on the track. The GT 86’s entry to Nuburgring along side the Lexus LFA is intended to add appeal, as well as sponsorships in the All-Japan Rally Championship and the Super Taikyu Endurance Series. A series of Circuit Events is also in place that offers driving lessons and prototype displays will be offered at various locations.
Refresher: Power for the Scion FR-S / Toyota GT 86 comes from a 2.0 liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder horizontally opposed engine with Toyota’s D-4S injection system. The engine makes 200-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm. Its mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Sales of the 2013 Scion FR-S will start in the spring of 2012.
– By: Alexandra Koken