Report: Toyota Planning Striped-Down and Beefed-Up FT-86 Track Version

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Toyota built the FT-86 Concept to re-energize the brand’s image and it seems to have done just that, with young auto enthusiasts the world over itching to get their hands on the production version of this entry-level rear-drive sports car. Company press releases have boasted about the car’s handling capabilities and now it seems Toyota is planning to build the car’s reputation in the best possible way, through motorsports.

Now it’s not Toyota that will be running a professionally trained team in a big motorsports event, but rather the Japanese automaker’s hope that owners of the car will want to take it to the track.

According to a report in EVO magazine, Toyota will offer a stripped down version of the FT-86 with stiffer springs and larger brakes. It’s unlikely that this will be a track-only clubsport model, but rather a street-legal version along the lines of Hyundai’s new R-Spec trim of the Genesis Coupe.

We can’t wait!

[Source: EVO via FT86Club]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • TOM SHAW TOM SHAW on May 14, 2010

    build this car

  • William L. Palminteri William L. Palminteri on Apr 11, 2011

    Finally !! Thank heavens someone (Toyota/Subaru) is stepping up to the plate to break the mind numbing spell of hideous blobmobiles that have been the "trend" for the past two decades !! I've been driving my 1990 Nissan 240 SX now for two decades, with nothing on the horizon except this car. Not a minute too soon for those of us who actually DRIVE cars rather than just commute. wiliam L. Palminteri

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