Dubbed the TRD Griffon Project, Toyota’s latest bit of GT86 tinkering looks set to prove to the world that the humble and surprisingly affordable coupe is also a track-devouring machine.
The project has been undertaken by Toyota Racing Developments, the team behind the Japanese marque’s NASCAR endeavours and other equally potent street machines.
The TRD Griffon Project sees a standard GT86 transformed into competitive racer thanks to severe weight saving, a stiffer chassis and plenty of scoops and wings to aid downforce.
Like most modern sports car manufacturers, Toyota has replaced the bulkier stuff with lightweight carbonfibre panels. That means the roof, bonnet, doors and boot lid of the TRD Griffon Project are covered in the expensive yet featherweight material.
The cabin is fitted with a TRD driver’s bucket seat, gear shift knob, ignition button and oil pressure and water temperature gauges. There is also a Momo steering wheel and Takata seatbelts.
Braking has been improved thanks to a special TRD mono-block brake calliper kit with racing spec brake pads that sit inside massive 18-inch racing alloy wheels.
Much to the disappointment of many motoring enthusiast, the 2-litre boxer engine remains untouched. A shame, as many critics of the GT86 feel it needs a little more shove to make it a truly epic driving experience.
The GT86 TRD Griffin Project will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 11-14 July but Toyota says that customers can already make their cars look similar with a variety of TRD products already on offer.
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