Toyota Australia has announced a Toyota 86 one make racing series for the 2016 motorsport season.
The Japanese giant has also revealed that the 86 racing series will support the V8 Supercar field through 2016. The deal is an exclusive one, meaning the series will only appear at V8SC rounds.
Following on from similar programs in Asia, Europe and New Zealand, the Toyota 86 one make series is designed to provide a low-cost, managed entry to motorsport. It will be a Pro-Am series, providing opportunities to punters and racers alike. Up to five selected pros will both mentor and compete with amateurs at circuits throughout Australia.
The cars will be prepared by Neal Bates Motorsport and run under the official banner of ‘Toyota Racing Australia’. Modifications are limited and have been fully tested by NBM. Changes to suspension and brakes are augmented by engine upgrades, with extractors and full exhaust, along with ECU modifications and the addition of an oil cooler headlining the mods. A full safety system is implemented and specific wheel and tyre packages are included.
Sharing the scene with the V8SC teams will guarantee promotional coverage for those with higher motorsport aspirations.
“The Toyota 86 Pro-Am series will present genuine, dynamic and entertaining racing to a broad audience, including big crowds at each round and a large audience on free-to-air and pay TV,” said Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing.
“The dynamic abilities and fun-to-drive characteristics of the 86 provide a credible platform for motorsport – and many owners already compete regularly in tarmac rallies, lap dashes and other events.”
“Fundamental to the concept is that it is a grassroots motorsport series that is affordable for anyone who has both the passion and the talent to compete in a national series,” Cramb added.
Patron of the series is Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, who said he was humbled by the overwhelming passion and enthusiasm for the 86 among its Australian customer base.
“My dream is that one day we can have a World 86 Challenge with the best drivers from Japan, Europe and other markets – and the champion Toyota 86 driver from Australia,” he said.