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Toyota 86 race car can be yours for under AU$70,000

January 29, 2016

Looking to get into racing? Toyota Australia has just announced the race-ready Toyota 86 race car which can be used to compete in the new one-make 86 Racing Series.

Toyota 86 Racing Series car

How much? Well, you’ll need to fork out just under AU$70,000. This gets you a ready-to-race 86 (based on GT manual) prepared by Neal Bates Motorsport. It features all necessary accessories, including fully adjustable coil-over suspension.

The package also includes upgraded brakes with 330mm front and 316m rear discs, four-piston front and twin-piston rear AP Racing calipers, along with lightweight 18-inch OZ Racing wheels to fit over the top.

No major changes are made under the bonnet, except for a modified throttle stop and a baffled sump pan to help control oil at high g-forces. The engine is the regular 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder producing 147kW, as in the road-going example.

A custom exhaust is added on, from the manifold all the way to the tailpipe. There’s also a TRD engine oil cooler, and a locked Motec M150 ECU to ensure all vehicles are running the same setup.

To enter into the series all cars need to be fitted with a series-specific roll cage and CAMS-compliant race seat with a multi-point harness. As a guide, this costs around $12,000-15,000, but it is taken into account for the initial $70,000 price guide.

Each round has an entry fee of $1500, which is apparently the lowest of any mainstream series currently running in Australia. Each racer competes for a prize pool of $125,000. Speaking about the car, Neal Bates said:

“In fine-tuning the 86 race package we’ve aimed for a balance between performance, tune-ability and budget. Drivers of all ages will benefit from the driveability we’ve added through the exhaust and ECU tune, at the same time developing their set-up skills with the adjustable coil-overs.”

Toyota 86 Racing Series-Neal Bates

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.