Toyota GT86 Celebrates Le Mans 24 Hours With Trio Of Heritage Liveried Models

While Toyota won’t give us a turbocharged 86/GT86 out, they continue to toy around with one-off creations of the sports cars.

The latest model celebrates the 86th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours with three heritage liveried models dressed in eye-catching wraps, reminiscent of the company’s racers. However, unlike previous special editions, these won’t be put into production.

“The GT86 gives us a great canvas on which to pay tribute to some of the amazing Toyota race cars that have thrilled the crowds at Le Mans”, said Toyota UK spokesman, James Clark. “Response to our earlier retro-liveried coupes was fantastic, and we hope these new cars – all strictly one-off creations – will generate the same kind of enthusiasm as we approach this year’s 24-hour race.”

Also Read: Second-Gen Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ Due For 2021 With New Engine

Toyota says the first model pays tribute to the TS010 of 1992. This was powered by an F1-like 3.5-liter V10 engine, rated at 700 horsepower. The second one reminds of the 1998 TS020, another Le Mans racer “that proved exceptional in qualifying and a record-breaker in the heat of competition”, says the automaker. The final GT86 is inspired by the TS050 Hybrid, which almost won the competition two years ago.

In addition to the special liveries, reproduced by vinyl specialist Funkee Fish, all three models are equipped with rear wings, “in a nod to the high-downforce aero packages featured on the race cars”. All 86s sit 40mm (1.6in) closer to the ground thanks to the addition of lowering springs, while featuring a Miltek Sport exhaust system made from stainless steel and special rims that replicate the designs of the racing wheels.

 

more photos...
  • They all looks good, but what’s with the wheel choice for the Gazoo tribute.

  • Bo Hanan

    “The GT86 gives us a great canvas on which to pay tribute”,(i.e. more cosmetics).

    Cause what’s better than gaining more engine power? Being able to tell people that your new car is in the spirit of a car that had more power…???…

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    They look nice but that’s literally the only thing they have going for them. Still basically the same car they unveiled in 2014.

Ferrari 488 Pista Demonstrates That McLaren’s 720S Is Not Invincible

Although not exactly direct rivals, they’re both really fast and capable around the track, so it makes for an interesting comparison.

Toyota Corolla Hatch Gets New Gear Down Under, Starts At AUD $23,335

Equipped with new safety and convenience features, the updated Corolla will arrive at Aussie dealers on November 1.

2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Teased Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Debut

BMW is finally ready to fully embrace front-wheel drive sedans.

Hyundai And Kia Settle Class Action Lawsuits Over 2.0- And 2.4-Liter GDI Engines

The settlement covers approximately 4.1 million vehicles in the United States.

Audi Grounds Their Flying Car Project

The company has suspended work on the project and is reviewing their partnership with Airbus.

Pimp Your 2020 Chrysler Pacifica With Official Red S Edition Package For $3,995

The Red S Edition package is available for 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited gas and hybrid models and focuses mostly on the interior.

Morris Commercial Teases Their Carbon Fiber-Bodied Electric Delivery Van

The upcoming model draws inspiration from the 1950’s Morris J-type van.

Buick Puts Bigger Battery Into China’s Velite 6 EV, Extends Range To 255 Miles

The new version of Buick’s EV gains an 148 HP electric motor and a 52.5 kWh battery pack, which extends its range by 68 miles.

Jeep Gladiator XMT Unveiled As A Light Tactical Military Truck

The Gladiator XMT could go into production during the second half of next year.

Hyundai Nexo And Tucson FCVs Have Racked Up Over 8.4 Million Miles In The U.S.

Despite not selling in high numbers, mainly due to the limited refueling infrastructure, the two models have covered a distance equal to 17 round-trip journeys to the surface of the Moon.