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Watch an FR-S Hot lap The Nurburgring Nordschleife

The Nurburgring’s Nordschleife is one of, if not the, most famous tracks in the world. It’s so important that sports car makers use it was part of their advertising to show how fast their car is along with 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times and top speeds. So of course you want to see an FR-S whip around the Nordschleife and absolutely kill it.

The Toyota GT86 (this is Germany, they don’t have Scions there) absolutely dusts a few BMWs (including one turd that won’t let him pass) that almost definitely have a few horses on him, an Audi that looks pretty nice, and a few hatch backs. If you needed any more proof that the FR-S and BRZ are awesome sports cars, no matter the comparatively wimpy engine, this is it.

The GT86 is owned by RSR racing rentals and is completely stock except for better tires and brake pads.

A Life in Videos: The Ekanoo Racing 2JZ GT86

Chances are you’ve heard some news anchor or “social media expert” waxing poetic on TV or the internet about how this generation will have video and picture proof of their entire lives to look back on. That’s boring, nobody cares about your life except your mom and she loves your brother better anyway. What’s not boring is watching the life of Ekanoo Racing’s GT86 as it grows from a little sports car with an engine swap to a fire breathing (literally) six second monster.

Here is the 2JZ swapped GT86 running with a Precision 6262 turbo making 440-whp.

With a bit of tuning and race gas, the 2JZ GT86 made 577-whp. Not bad.

An 11 second pass is nothing to complain about, but running an 11.1 left Ekanoo racing smelling tens and vowing to be back soon.

And they were back, ticking off a 10.9 on Nitto 555 drag tires.

Adding a 4 row intercooler, AEM ECU, and a 3.5-inch exhaust, EKanoo got the GT86 to put down 633-horsepower.

With those new mods, the 2JZ GT86 made a 10.5-second pass at 196-km/h.

After adding new heads, HKS 272 cams, and new axles, the Ekanoo GT86 broke quadruple digits and put down 1,082 wheel horsepower on a dyno.

Then it looks like Ekanoo either painted their GT86 white or bought a new one to use what they had learned on a straight drag car, then promptly grenaded their driveshaft in a shower of sparks at the end of a run.

The first shakedown run with a new driveshaft resulted in a 7.54 1/4 mile at 259-km/h.

Then finally the 6.85-second quarter mile run at 325-km/h that we posted about earlier.

Ekanoo Racing GT86 Drives 6 Second 1/4 Mile

You can do a lot of things in six seconds: make a first impression, shotgun a beer, fix your hair, run 20 yards, disappoint a woman emotionally or physically.

And now: Travel the 1/4 mile in six seconds in a GT86!

Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain just posted this video of their GT86 doing the 1/4 mile in 6.85 seconds. The car, owned by Ebrahim Kanoo, is powered by a 2JZ engine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.

Toyota GT86 CS-R3 – Toyota Builds a BRZ Rally Car


With Subaru’s racing and performance reputation built on rally championships, it seemed strange that the company would team up with Toyota to build a sports car for the street. The BRZ’s front engine, rear wheel drive configuration is incongruous with the dirt spitting image Subaru has cultivated, so the question loomed: when would a Subaru BRZ rally car show up? Surprisingly, Toyota beat Subaru to the punch with the first rally car built off of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ platform.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced a GT86 CS-R3 rally car that will be available through the customer motorsport program. To fit in with R3 specifications, the GT86 rally car will have a six speed sequential gearbox, a limited slip differential upgraded brakes and a more powerful engine.

Customers will be able to buy the Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car in 2015. The Toyota GT86 rally car will be eligible for all FIA sanctioned rallies including the world Rally Championship. Subaru has not announced a BRZ rally car, but even if it isn’t official, it doesn’t stretch the imagination to picture someone swapping a few body panels and competing with a Subaru BRZ rally car in the WRC.



Full GT86 CS-R3 Press Release:

11 November 2013

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is proud to announce it will develop a GT86 R3 rally car as part of its customer motorsport programme.

The rear-wheel drive sports car will be converted to R3 specification and made available to private competitors, with delivery expected for the 2015 season.

The car, which will be known as the TMG GT86 CS-R3, will be built according to R3 regulations, meaning it will have a six-speed sequential gearbox, limited slip differential, modified engine, adapted brakes and other upgrades.

Drawing on the experience of developing the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car for the Nürburgring-based VLN series, TMG engineers will modify the base car to the maximum level permitted within the regulations.

The TMG GT86 CS-R3 is targeted at private customers and is eligible for all FIA-sanctioned rallies, up to and including the World Rally Championship. Full specifications and pricing will be announced in the coming months.

Today’s announcement strengthens TMG’s commitment to customer motorsport and rallying, both of which represent key aspects of its long-term business strategy.

With a Yaris R1A already launched plus the ongoing development of a Global Race Engine, TMG is expanding and strengthening its knowledge of rallying and drawing on its proud history in the sport.

TMG’s very existence is founded on rally, having begun life in Cologne in 1979 as Toyota Team Europe (TTE). Under Ove Andersson, the company went on to win four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ World Championships.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “Rallying is in our blood at TMG so it is very exciting to announce that we will be expanding our rally operations. The GT86 CS-R3 promises to be a thrilling car on the rally stages; with rear-wheel drive we can expect some dramatic action which is sure to be entertaining for drivers and fans alike. Through our experience with the TMG GT86 Cup and the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car we have built a solid infrastructure for customer motorsport over the past few years. We will draw on this to deliver a reliable, safe and high-performance car, plus all the required technical support, for our customers. We expect demand to be high so we are looking forward to seeing a lot of GT86 CS-R3 rally cars in action from the beginning of the 2015 season.”

Racing by TMG: The customer racing arm of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is identified by the “racing by TMG” logo, which encompasses race and rally projects designed exclusively for private participants. TMG returned to the world of customer motorsport in 2012 with the launch of the Yaris R1 entry-level rally car, while the same year saw the introduction of the TMG Customer Sport V3 (CS-V3) race car. That car won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and forms the basis of the expanding TMG GT86 Cup, run within the Nürburgring-based VLN series.

Source: Toyota Motorsports Group.

400-HP V6 Scion FR-S Built By TOM’s Racing


TOM’s racing built a V6-powered Toyota GT86/ Scion FR-S for last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. The TOM’s N086V has a 400-horsepower V6 fitted to the Toyota GT86/ Scion FR-S body.


The TOM’s N086V uses the 3.5-liter V6 engine from the Lexus IS350 and Lexus GS350 swapped into the FR-S. The engine is then tuned up to 400-horsepower, double the stock FR-S’ 200-hp, but the same as a bolt on turbo kit for the FR-S makes.


Like any concept car worth its salt, the TOM’s N086V has a custom body kit with a new front bumper, carbon fiber wide body fenders, custom side skirts and a custom rear bumper with a diffuser.


What’s really interesting about this concept is that it proved that the V6 engine could fit in a FR-S. That engine might be the one used in the FR-S based Supra that Toyota hinted at with the Gazoo Racing concept.


Source: Autoguide.

Toyota Designs a Stylish, Upscale GT86

… And then insults everyone by calling it a GT86 for women.

Toyota GT86 xstyle cb concept for women


Toyota built a stylish, high end GT86 concept car with custom bodywork for last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon called the Toyota 86 xstyle Cb and then submarined the promising concept by saying it was a GT86 for women.

Toyota GT86 xstylecb concept

That’s not totally fair. Toyota’s actual words, translated, were “Fashion woman customization perspective that emphasizes the color and texture, was choreographed in urban quality.” So maybe it’s just for urban women.

More than a decade into the 21st century we think it might be time for Toyota to get on the same page as the rest of the world and acknowledge that there are both women who love the visceral thrills of a true sports cars and men who don’t treat every morning’s commute as a reason to cosplay Dominic Toretto and prefer a more mature, refined automobile with leather and wood and an attractive exterior.


If they had called this a Lexus SC200 concept with bespoke coachwork by an Italian design firm, Alcantara leather interior with real hard wood accents and just let the design stand on its own, this would be a design we could get behind.

Instead it looks an awful lot like Toyota told the GT86 team that they had to build a sports car for adults and the team said ‘that sounds too girly.’


Source: Autoguide

Gazoo Scion FR-S Teased Before Tokyo Auto Salon, Hints At GT86-Based Supra

The Gazoo Racing Scion FR-S will debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January, so until that time we’ll have to make do with these teaser images. The Gazoo racing GT86 (Gazoo is Toyota Japan’s skunkworks team so they will naturally build their car out of the Toyota GT86 rather than the North American Scion FR-S) will be called the GRMN GT86 for Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nurburgring.


The Gazoo FR-S will have new smaller tail lights with four circular bulbs definitely inspired by the Supra. Using Supra tail lights could be a hint that the new Toyota Supra will be based on the GT86/ FR-S platform. That would be a throwback to the first Supras, which were Celicas (at the time Toyota’s rear-drive four-cylinder sports car) with six-cylinder engines stuffed inside.


New more angular head lights will make the Gazoo GRMN FR-S a completely unique version of the GT86/ FR-S.


The Gazoo Racing FR-S might also be the first version of the new 2.5-liter, 255-hp engine for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ that will make its way into production in 2015.


Source: Autoguide.