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Lightweight Gazoo Racing Toyota 86 hits Tokyo Auto Salon

January 12, 2014

Along side the Gazoo Racing Toyota Mark X revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Toyota motorsport partner has also revealed a well setup Toyota 86.

Gazoo Racing Toyota 86-2014-rear

Previewed earlier this month, the 86 is a stripped out, ready-to-race project that demonstrates the tuning potential of the popular sports coupe.

It comes with a carbon fibre roof, boot lid, and bonnet as well as polycarbonate windows to help trim some weight from the already light-footed coupe.

Other mods include sports carbon fibre front seats with the rear seats removed completely, some chassis stiffening enhancements, and lowered sports suspension.

Although there is no speak of any engine tuning to increase the factory 147kW output, these vast weight reduction measures would contribute to a much better power-to-weight ratio, resulting in quicker acceleration and more nimble handling.

Gazoo Racing Toyota 86-2014

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.