CIR­CUIT TALK

NZ Performance Car - - News -

Dreamed up at Toy­ota’s mo­tor­sport hub in Mount Welling­ton, brought to­gether with the help of Neil All­port, and car­ry­ing an awe­some spec of race gear, the TR 86 ver­sion of Toy­ota’s 86 sports coupe is all home­grown race car.

The New Zealand cars have been built to a much higher spec than their Aussie Pro-Am coun­ter­parts, and are the only ver­sions able to con­test the Toy­ota 86 Cham­pi­onship. The TR 86 has been built from the stripped-out RC dial-yourown ver­sion. Out has come a lot of in­te­rior trim — un­nec­es­sary weight. In has gone an FIA six­point roll cage, a pair of Sparco tour­ing-car race seats, and six-point har­nesses, along with a race steer­ing wheel. The dash has been re­placed by a multi-‘page’ MoTeC data dis­play to give the driver ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about the mo­tor.

The 2.0-litre en­gine makes 147kW and 205Nm of torque, and has re­ceived mild tweaks, mainly to help keep the oil where it should be in cor­ners — those slicks gen­er­ate a lot of G-force. The exhaust has been sim­pli­fied, and the en­gine and trans use Castrol lu­bri­cant that re­duces op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­tures and — in the case of that six-speed trans — im­proves shift qual­ity.

Ad­justable sus­pen­sion at all four cor­ners en­ables the car to be set up for each race cir­cuit, or for Targa, hill climbs, or even ral­ly­ing. The mas­sive race brakes with multi-pis­ton calipers slot inside 18-inch Speed­line mo­tor­sport al­loys that wear Miche­lin race tyres — a choice of slicks or wets.

The cars have been cer­ti­fied by the Low Vol­ume Ve­hi­cle Tech­ni­cal As­so­ci­a­tion ( LVVTA), so they can be used on the road by Mo­tor­Sport New Zealand ( MSNZ) li­cence hold­ers and can be pur­chased or leased from TRNZ, or as­pir­ing rac­ers can ap­proach one of the teams rac­ing the cham­pi­onship.

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