A fleet of retro Toyota GT86 sport cars are heading to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
A sextuplet of Toyota GT86 coupes have been modified to resemble key cars from the Japanese automaker’s storied motorsport heritage. Each one has received a retro livery with throwback wheel designs and careful reference made to archive material, ensuring that all shapes, colors and logos replicate the originals closely.
Five of the six cars that will be heading to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed have vinyl graphics laid over their factory body colors while the Esso Ultron Tiger Toyota GT86 received a full vehicle wrap to achieve the corrent orange base. All six vehicles have received V-Maxx lowering springs and a Milltek Sport stainless steel exhaust system.
The first of the six models is a Toyota GT86 inspired by the Yatabe Speed Trial Toyota 2000GT, which set three world records and 13 new international records for speed and endurance during a 72-hour event at the Yatabe High Speed Testing Course. By the end of the three days, the yellow-and-green 2000GT had averaged a pace of 128.76 mph. That specific GT86 also sports 17×9-inch Rota Retro 2 wheels.
Inspired by the Shelby Toyota 2000GT, the GT86 sporting a blue and white theme along with the number-33 on its doors pays homage to an SCCA race car that was prepared by racing legend Carroll Shelby. Modifications are identical to the yellow-and-green GT86.
The third Toyota GT86, sporting a majority red shade was inspired by Ove Andersson’s Toyota Celica 1600GT that competed in numerous rally events including taking the class win and ninth position overall in the 1972 Daily Mirror RAC Rally. The early Team Toyota Andersson rally Celicas were the only cars in Toyota’s rallying history to never wear the automaker’s white base color livery. Instead of 17-inch wheels as found on the other two GT86s, this coupe wears 18×8.5-inch Rotora RKR wheels.
If you can recognize the iconic colors of yellow, orange and red on the nubmer-99 Toyota GT86, then you’ll know that the particular sports car was inspired by the IMSA GTU class Toyota Celica. Sporting 18×9.5-inch Rota D2EX gold wheels matched to Pirelli tires, this GT86 pays its respects to the Toyota Celica race cars that were prepared by TRD Japan for FIA GT racing. The IMSA GTU Celica was refined under the care of both TRD USA and AAR and recorded seven pole positions, three fastest laps and two wins in 1982. The following year, it earned four event wins and came second in the championship in 1985.
Wearing the signature colors of Castrol is the Toyota GT86 inspired by the Castrol Toyota Celica GT-Four WRC, which saw its competition debut in Group A specification in the 1994 Rally Australia. A trio of Castrol-sponsored ST205 Celica GT-Fours spearheaded the company’s WRC campaign in 1995 with the team competing in seven rallies that year with seven podium finishes, 13 fastest stage times and an overall win in the Tour de Corse. The Castrol-inspired GT86 wears 18×8.5-inch Rota Grid wheels.
Lastly is the Toyota GT86 inspired by the Esso Ultron Tiger Toyota Supra, a Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) racer. The Esso Ultron Tiger Supra competed in the 1999 and 2000 seasons with its competition highlights including a win and fastest lap for Hideki Noda in the fifth round of the 1999 season at Fuji Speedway. The orange and black-themed GT86 sports 17×8.5-inch Roto Recce wheels.
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