Will Brown is the 2016 Australian Toyota 86 Series champion.
Commencing in 2016, the Australian Toyota 86 series will run for three years.
Up to five selected professional drivers will mentor and compete against a potential field of 27 amateur drivers.
Races will share billing in selected rounds with the V8 Supercars and has been sanctioned by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
Like similar one–make series races, the Toyota 86 Racing Series will demand competitors adhere to a strict car setup, ensuring that driver talent, rather than team budget, will be key to winning.
The front engine, rear drive 86 is ideally suited to close racing due to its superb handling, with expected maximum speeds down Conrod Straight of about 230km per hour.
The 86 race cars will be based on the GT and GTS manual with controlled key specifications to ensure suitability and reliability, while keeping costs as low as possible.
To maximise safety, performance, affordability and fair competition, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA) and Neal Bates Motorsport (NBM) have developed a control specification kit. Control Items include:
- Baffled oil pan insert
- Motec ECU with engine program
- Exhaust – headers/extractors and muffler
- Throttle stop
- Suspension – T86RS Front & Rear Shock absorbers and Springs
- Front anti roll bar links
- Brakes – AP Racing Front rotors & DBA Rear rotors
- AP Racing Front & Rear Callpers
- Tyres – Dunlop Direzza 225/40R18 DUNLOP DZ2 – 86 Spec
- Wheels – OZ Racing
- TRD Rear Spoiler
- Roll cage – T86RS NBM Control Specification
Toyota designed the 86 as the ideal sports car, an unadulterated driver's car. A rear-wheel drive, front-engine sports car that brings back raw driving pleasure and excitement. A car that's designed to let you do all the driving and simply begs to be driven.
Toyota has a heritage of creating exciting sports cars beginning in 1965 with the Sports 800.
The front-engine rear-wheel drive layout seen in many of our sports cars is considered the 'ideal' vehicle layout and success has endured both on the race-track and rally circuit, with the 2000GT and the AE86.