Because the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes are now a reality, it's almost hard to imagine the struggle that had to happen within the large, conservative corporate structures at both automakers for the joint project to even get off of the ground.

Speaking to those struggles on Toyota UK's Toyota Blog, GT86 Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada enlightens us with a recap of the sports car's earliest origins. For Tada, the first stages of the project must have seemed almost as dreamlike as the final product is to drive.

Said the Chief, "I had been working in the minivan department engineering new product, but a month after the meeting I was summoned. 'Forget about minivans,' they said, 'you are now working on the sports-car project.'"

The recounting of the GT86 development process makes for a genuinely interesting yarn, and is a must-read for any owners/enthusiasts of the BRZ/FR-S twins. We highly recommend clicking through to read it in full. Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but we can't help hoping that Tada-san has got more of the story to tell, still. We'll be keeping an eye on the official Toyota Blog, just in case.


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      sstowes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wish we got more insight from companies like this. I think there's a level of inspiration to be found here, than just knowing this company started with Concept A and then we drive Production Model B. Really a great read, but I agree. Seems incomplete somehow.
        JF
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sstowes
        Yes I was looking for Page 2. Very interesting read.
      MooCowLMFAO
      • 1 Year Ago
      By definition Sean's recount of what a sports car should be is true. Merriam-Webster defines a sports car: a low small usually 2-passenger automobile designed for quick response, easy maneuverability, and high-speed driving. Layout of such vehicles are FR( front engine rear drive) Cars that fall under this category: Mazda mx-5, Lotus Élan, Caterham 7, Austuin-Healey Sprite, BMW z3 & z4, Toyota 2000GT. There are so many examples however these all share the same typical sports car layout including the gt96/fr-s/brz Unfortunately cars like the Subaru wrx sti, Mitsubishi evo X, Mazda speed3, do not fall under this category as they are front wheel biasd
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spoiler alert! When they finished the prototype they put a big tarp over it and when the big wigs came to have a peek they pulled the tarp off and he yelled, "TADA!!" True story. You're welcome.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Said the Chief, "I had been working in the minivan department engineering new product, but a month after the meeting I was summoned. 'Forget about minivans,' they said, 'you are now working on the sports-car project.'" Quote of the year!
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      It gets my blood boiling how this car is so overpriced and overhyped. It has been proven again and again that today's modern sportscar needs AWD and a turbo to be successful. This thing has absolutely no horsepower nor torque. Sure, it can handle, but what fun is there to a corner if there is no speed involved? This car was supposed to kill every mid-range compaact sports car out there, like the WRX, MS3, and Focus ST. It can't even keep up with the Civic Si. No real car enthusiast would buy this, especially with all the great choices out there which kill this thing in performance. The only people who would buy this are ricer boys and posers. For a lower price, a WRX kills this. A real, Torsen based AWD system, a 0-60 of 4.7 vs 7.4, much better handling, more practical, won't feel gutless . The list goes on and on. In before all the ricer boy fanboys who traded their fart can Civic in for this car start downvoting me.
        JGuan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Your words, sir, have convinced me that you should replace the voices of Chris Harris, Jeremy Clarkson, Tiff Needell and the like... NOT.
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Just shut up already. You ctrl-c, ctrl-v the same exact drivel into every 86 thread that comes up. Nobody cares about your ignorant opinion of sports cars, especially not the people who keep designing them with RWD. For one thing, give this car a set of proper aftermarket wheels and tires, and it will out handle a WRX wearing the same shoes by a large margin. It already handles well with shitty Prius tires for Christ's sake.
        MooCowLMFAO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I can only assume you have yet to drive one. Its not about the power, it's not about being some "poser", and it most definitely is not about speed. This car represents affordable fun in a compact true rwd sports car. I am not here to talk down about anyone however a few key points need to be made known. This car is a purpose built sports car from 2 companies that have a storied racing heritage, second this is a clean sheet design not a rip off from one of their volume selling civilian models i.e Mitsubishi lancer, Honda civic, Mazda 3. This cara platform is not shared by any other car except its identical twins. Third this joint venture proved so successful that it has other manufactures i.e GM's code 130r and BMW's future z4 considering either building their own one off or partnering up with toyoburu. So before anyone goes out calling this an underpowered ricer lets take a step back and realize that we the consumer are the ones who win. Ultimately this success will only bring in more upscale competition and further price cutting. This is not some random turs of a car this is an excellent drivers car that has begun a revolution in the sports car segment.
          jboogiezx6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MooCowLMFAO
          i own a STI and I am drooling over this car. why you ask? the reason isnt quantifiable in numbers. go watch one of the countless videos saying the same thing. you people cant possibly be this dense!
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MooCowLMFAO
          "This car represents affordable fun in a compact true rwd sports car." Why would you want RWD in a day and age where AWD is much faster? A WRX is much faster and much more fun to drive, and is more affordable. "This car is a purpose built sports car from 2 companies that have a storied racing heritage, second this is a clean sheet design not a rip off from one of their volume selling civilian models i.e Mitsubishi lancer, Honda civic, Mazda 3. This cara platform is not shared by any other car except its identical twins." And why should I give a flying **** if it shares a platform with an economy car or not? Shouldn't Toyota be embarrassed that an upgraded "economy car" is faster and more fun to drive than their "purpose built sports car"?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MooCowLMFAO
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          Xedicon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MooCowLMFAO
          "begun a revolution" - no it hasn't. Lots of cars have come before that are like these, it just happens that the twins are the most recent ones. Citing a revolution is too strong a language as they are a continuation, not a revolution. Also I have to agree with FuelToTheFire when it comes to the WRX. I'm sorry but you have to be daft to buy a twin over a WRX. It costs less and outperforms the twins in every single category; 0-60, top speed, cornering, hp, torque, practicality, all weather driving, etc. I have yet to find a review of a WRX that does not praise its handling, and most reviewers (including some AB writers) consider the WRX the best performance bargain there is. I'm not saying the twins are not a drivers car, as much as I can't stand them - they are. What I am saying is the WRX is that and then a whole lot more, for less.
          Sean Victorine
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MooCowLMFAO
          MooCowLMFAO: Couldn't have said it any better, sir. I can't believe what I reading here in the responses to your comment. So much ignorance about this car and cars in general. Those who know, know, simple as that. There's no arguing with the naysayers.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
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        bubba_roe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Actually no real car enthusiast would base their appreciation of cars off numbers.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bubba_roe
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        F_Monk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Look at all the "enthusiasts"! What a bunch of fools. They wouldn't know a sports car from the hole in their arse. Ignorant loudmouths who don't know how to drive so they rely on horsepower to make themselves feel better. Learn how to drive, I mean REALLY drive, and maybe then you'll understand how fun this car is.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        You're an idiot. Cut and paste. For more money (about $15K more), an STi provides the numbers you claim. Quit comparing an STi against an automatic 86.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sports Car? Yah no.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        The fact that the Toyota fanboys consider this a "sports car" shows how much they know about cars in general.
        JC914
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        this car is for enthusiasts and people who appreciate driving sensation, that's why you don't understand.
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @JC914
          Given one of my cars, I do understand driving sensation, but what's sensational to you must be completely different to a true sports car. This car is boring and not sure why the big fuss over it.... Yet, yes I do. Toyo fan boys. Toyo Supra was a sports car and so is a LFA. Not this lol
        F_Monk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        The meaning of the term "sports car" has been corrupted by marketers and people like you have bought into it hook, line and stinker (intentional). Sad for you, because you're missing out.
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      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      My honda CR-Z gets over 47mpg, with a boat load of standard features including gps, hands free bluetooth, backup camera nice alloy wheels. It might be 2 seconds slower to 60mph but you get very little for your money with a $27k FRs/BRz compared to my $23.5k Cr-z, not to mention people absolutely love the car.
        EvilTollMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Dude's got a cat as his avatar
        RudyH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        are you joking? Can't tell if you are serious...
        Truth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        You get very little for your money compared to your CR-Z?? How about a better looking car...how about it being RWD...how about it not being a total turd to drive. Yup very little indeed.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
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        C-Dog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        You bought a CRZ? haha. And you think its a great car? LOL Dude, you need to get out more and drive some other cars. Drive a BRZ or FRS. You will that your CRZ is not in the same league.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've learned on places like AB and FT86club that if a car has more than 200 hp, it can't possibly be fun.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        LOL more like it cant handle the power to the wheels or some BS. All I see with this car is another econo car trying to wear a sports car jacket.
          crshcrstr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          Yes, rear wheel drive is much cheaper and more economical. Good Deductive reasoning.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          You have driven it? All the credible auto journalist and engineers are all wrong and you are right? Lets drive your successful design that passed crash, emissions, and myriad of other tests while being a blast to drive and doesn't blast the environment. -20 for you.
      404 not found
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the tard carnival has arrived. Like clockwork.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      Randy Pbost, a real race car driver, seems to think very highly of this sports car. This is a guy who knows how to drive a car real fast. If Pbost enthusiastically approves of this car, that's all I need to know.
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        Amen.
        jboogiezx6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        thing is. it's not just him…anyone with any sort of credibility in the auto industry has good things to say about this car.
      Xedicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's official. Whatever firm / group / company is running PR for these cars have achieved divinity in the marketing world because they've forever been in the media years before their release and every, single, day, afterwards. We're doomed to see something about these cars everyday until our deaths. Seriously, I could not be more burned out on these cars if I tried. When will it end?
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xedicon
        Why do you follow cars then? Move on to something else. When something great comes along, it will get lots of praise. You think this is bad, you will be so sick of the Vette soon. The GT86 will seem like the good-ol-days.
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