The Toyota 86 Racing Series is a grassroots motorsport series aimed to be easily accessible to emerging drivers with affordable technical specifications and a ‘straightforward’ racing format. The category is open to all manual variants of the lauded Toyota 86.

A team of specialists including four-time Australian Rally Champion Neal Bates have developed a mandatory race package that is designed to be ‘affordable, fast and durable’. The kit is approved by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) and can be bought by competitors through Neal Bates Motorsport (NBM).

2015 Toyota 86 Pro-Am development car

The mandatory package features an adjustable front and rear coil-over system which is built and tuned by MCA in Queensland. A custom made manifold-back exhaust system, a TRD oil cooler, a modified throttle stop, rear spoiler and baffled sump pan are also included.

Braking ability will be improved with AP Racing calipers and larger rotors measuring 330mm at the front and 316mm at the rear.

In regards to engine management, a specific (and sealed) Motec M150 Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is added; this particular ECU is able to be switched between cars to ensure parity. A set of 18-inch OZ ‘Asfalto’ alloy wheels complete the compulsory NBM components, the total package arriving at a total of just under $25,000.

“In fine-tuning the 86 race package we’ve aimed for a balance between performance, tune-ability and budget,” Neal Bates said. “Drivers of all ages will benefit from the driveability we’ve added through the exhaust and ECU tune, at the same time developing their set-up skills with the adjustable coil-overs.”

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On top of the compulsory NBM kit, all competition cars must be fitted with a Toyota 86 Racing Series-compliant roll-cage, a CAMS approved race seat and a multi-point harness. Competitors can however source these parts independently and is expected to add an additional $12-15,000. Add that to the cost of the NBM package and initial car purchase price, and you arrive comfortably under $70K.

The Toyota 86 Pro-Am Racing Series will be held on selected 2016 V8 Supercar meetings. The first round starts in May at the Winton Supersprint  followed by the Sydney Motorsport Park Supersprint, the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and will finish up in November at the Sydney 500. Every round has a $1500 entry fee, however a $125,000 prize pool is up for grabs.

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