Toyota Motorsports has just debuted its new GT86-based race car, engineered for entry-level German track racing that they say can be adapted for international sales.
The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is aimed at privateer racers competing in the V3 class of the VLN racing series. With a price of of €38,500 (about $47,760) before taxes, this is meant to an affordable and easy-to-maintain racecar. While the drivetrain setup remains virtually stock at 200hp, other key changes have been made. The interior has been stripped and a roll cage has been added. In addition to the chassis stiffening provided by the roll cage there are braces, an uprated suspension and bigger brakes. A racing exahust system is also part of the package.
A prototype won the V3 class of the 24 hours of the Nürburgring earlier this year, which is the highlight of the V3 season. While this car has only received homologation from Germanys’ Deutsche Motor Sport Bund, it can be modified to suit the needs of specific racing series that vary from nation to nation. With a few cosmetic changes it would likely be perfect for many SCCA competitions. It can currently be ordered from European Toyota dealers.
It is clear that Toyota Motorsports is trying to get entry-level racers into its cars, especially with the recent launch of the WRC R1A Yaris.