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GPRM building GT86 for cost efficient GT4

GPRM building GT86 for cost efficient GT4

British GT grids could be expanded in 2013 with a new GT4 car in the shape of the Toyota GT86. GPRM, the Buckingham-based motorsport engineering company, is well advanced with the design and development of what it intends to be a cost efficient, entry-level endurance car. The first completed car is due to be ready in January. There is already interest from overseas customers, and GPRM directors Gary Blackham and Roger King are hopeful of seeing at least two cars racing in the UK in 2013. GPRM embarked on the GT4 project immediately after the Britcar24 in September where the new Toyota sports car made a successful UK race debut. Design, build and running of that project was undertaken by GPRM under the revived Team Toyota GB banner. The car used a standard production engine and gearbox as Toyota wanted to prove the pace and reliability of its new car. The Britcar24 entry finished eighth overall and third in the production class, beating several more powerful cars thanks to flawless reliability and handling described by experienced GT drivers as “mega”. The GT4 car will offer a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine to give competitive power somewhere in the region of 350bhp. However the most attractive aspect of the car could be its affordable price with GPRM confident it can deliver a race-ready GT4 car for under £100,000 (not including tax or donor car). “We always had a GT4 spec in mind while building the car for the Britcar24. It has a full FIA-approved roll cage, ATL competition fuel cell, air jacks and more,” explained Blackham. “The car has excellent handling, the...
Team Toyota BG returns to racing with GT86

Team Toyota BG returns to racing with GT86

A famous name from British motorsport history is to return to the track in September with an entry from Team Toyota GB in the UK’s toughest race, the Britcar 24 Hours. The newly reformed squad will field a Toyota GT86 in the Production Class of the Silverstone enduro. The livery on the new coupe will echo that of the double British Touring Car Championship winning AE86 from the mid-1980s.Work on the first British racing GT86 is well underway at the Buckinghamshire technical centre of GPRM, the race preparation firm behind the successful BTCC Toyota Avensis prototype. The emphasis is on turning the potent 2.0-litre sports car into a competitive track machine while retaining as much of the standard road car’s specification as possible. GPRM’s Gary Blackham and Roger King will oversee Team Toyota GB, and Blackham believes the GT86 will be a strong contender: “The new Toyota has all the makings of a great production class racer. We are concentrating our efforts on stripping back the chassis, lightening and strengthening it and of course equipping it with a roll cage and all the other safety gear required, as well as quick-refuelling equipment. Other than that, the GT86 will remain essentially in road car form.” An announcement on who will drive the GT86 in the 24 Hours will be made in coming weeks. Powered by a 16-valve double overhead cam horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ engine delivering 197bhp, the Toyota GT86 captures some of the best elements of three models from Toyota’s rich sporting heritage: the Sports 800, 2000GT and AE86. It went on to sale in the UK to critical acclaim...