It's about time we saw someone cook up a legitimate race version of the delectable Toyota GT86, and now it looks as if GPRM has done just that. The Buckingham-based race engineering team has built the creation you see here, complete with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder boxer cooked up by Nicholson McLaren Engines. The team says the new mill delivers between 360 and 400 horsepower to the rear wheels depending on final testing, which is a sight bit more than the 197 horses the naturally aspirated stock mill offers.

The car will compete in GT4 events, including the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Technically, the GPRM effort isn't factory backed, but the team says the effort "has the blessing of Toyota Great Britain." How could it not? You can check out the brief press release below below, and be sure to take a closer look at the machine in our gallery.
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The first GT4 racing version of the Toyota GT86 will hit the track later this month following completion of the first chassis by Buckingham-based motorsport engineering pioneer GPRM.

The new car is powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder 'Boxer' engine which has been developed in conjunction with Nicholson McLaren Engines. The GT86 will be shaken down at a UK circuit ahead of a schedule of European tests and the pre-season 'balance of performance' sessions organised by GT4 series organiser SRO.

GPRM and its directors Gary Blackham and Roger King believe the new Toyota will be a serious GT4 contender: "The new engine from Nicholson McLaren will be capable of between 360 and 400 bhp," said Blackham, "although of course the definitive output figure will be determined by the balance of performance testing.

"We have gone all out to engineer quality and reliability into the GT86 as well as competitiveness, and the result has provoked a lot of interest from all around Europe." GPRM has already taken one GT86 order and is in advanced talks with a team keen to race one in the Avon

Tyres British GT Championship. "The Toyota GT86 will make an ideal GT4 contender in British GT, as well as in the many GT4 series growing in strength and popularity around Europe."

GPRM's Toyota GT86 is a cost-efficient entry-level endurance car. The company embarked on the GT4 project immediately after the Britcar24 last September, where the new Toyota sports car made a successful UK race debut. Although not a works effort, the GT4 project has the blessing of Toyota GB, which is providing technical support.


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      BryNum
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why the hell did Toyota bring this to the US as a Scion? I wish they stuck with the Toyota branding. You trollers out there: it's not the same shiz. Toyota prides their name and they probably didnt want to take the risk of it failing and giving the brand a bad name.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryNum
        Without having to be recalled a bazillion times, it can't really live up to the Toyota name. Since it is mostly (all but maybe the radio) Subaru anyways, they should have just stuck with Subie badge IMO (coming from a FR-S owner).
        Phontsolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryNum
        Agreed. The GT86 LED headlights make a huge difference to the way the front of this car looks. Much more aggressive looking with the original LED headlights. Much more upscale looking as well.
          Phontsolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Phontsolo
          The Scion FR-S stock headlights look like garbage. We don't even have the option to buy the LED versions. Why do car manufactures DO THIS!!??
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      Scion brand is struggling. This is what is needed to boost image and get people excited about Scion. Unfortunately, they stripped the goodies from the Japanese 86 to get the price down a bit. I'd rather have the BRZ as it's not much more but has HIDs and better seating materials.
        Phontsolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        And this is way they should make options available to the person that wants to buy a more expensive FR-S. Wanting LED Headlights should be MY choice and not theirs. They are available, they are already manufactured. I should be able to get them as well. Manufactures need to stop this stripping down cars for Americans bullshit. We are the black sheep of the auto industry.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Phontsolo
          Blame the weak dollar. They have to strip them down to get them to the price point we will pay. Europeans pays $30K for a Focus, would we? But they get a better car too.
          Phontsolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Phontsolo
          And don't tell me to go buy a BRZ.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        amen
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      with homologation and rules its just like any other race car it wont be as "impressive" as What you'd get in comparison to other street cars. So it wont be any BETTER than the person driving it. What i'm saying is don't troll just cause its a GT86 its a far cry from your car "in racing"