Appealing to enthusiasts through its design, the GT86 sports coupe is inspired by classic Toyota performance models and race cars from its long history. This legacy has provided the inspiration for another series of one-off GT86 models that pays tribute to its motorsport heritage.
Additional inspiration for the development of this particular project is due to the 2018 race being the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Underlining the reveal of three coupes on 8 June, widely associated with the GT86 for being the eighth day of the sixth month. The launch is also accompanied by a lively film co-starring the original race cars and contemporary Le Mans footage.
Each GT86 design is inspired by a Le Mans race car that came close to victory. The trio begins with a homage to the Toyota TS010 of 1992, which took advantage of the revised Group C regulations, installing a new Formula 1-style 3.5-litre V10 engine capable of producing up to 700bhp. Also celebrated is the 1998 TS020, or GT-One – a pure-bred Le Mans car a superhero in qualifying and a record-breaker in the heat of competition. Completing the threesome is a GT86 inspired by the TS050 Hybrid, which came close to winning Le Mans in 2016.
Installing high-level Toyota accessory rear spoilers as a nod to the high-downforce aero of the race cars was completed by vehicle vinyl specialists Funkee Fish who reproduced authentic re-creations of the original liveries to match the shape and proportions of the enhanced GT86s. Installing lowered springs created a hunkered down appearance and removed approximately 40mm from the ride height. While aftermarket alloys were chosen to replicate the design of each race wheel, a stainless steel Milltek Sport exhaust system provided finishing visuals and aural garnish.
Toyota’s now extended history with Le Mans dates back to 1985 with supplying engines for Group C cars prepared by the Dome and TOM’S race teams. Factory-supported Le Mans campaigns began in 1987 and Toyota has competed as a full works team from 1998 onwards. Over the years Toyota has made a total of 19 Le Mans starts and achieved six podiums, five of which have been second-place finishes