Toyota has built a trio of GT86 Coupes to celebrate the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Toyota’s Le Mans exploits. But these GT86s are not for sale.
We did think, when we saw the press release from Toyota, that we were in for another GT86 Special Edition, just a week after the arrival of the Toyota GT86 Club Series Blue Edition. But no, these GT86s are a one-off creation to celebrate Toyota’s Le Mans exploits and the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans. They’re also revealed on the 8th of the 6th. See what Toyota did?
Each of the three cars Toyota has created is designed to pay tribute to a particular Le Mans Toyota, and mainly focus on livery, although Toyota has inserted a tweak or two.
The first of the GT86 specials pays tribute to the 1992 Toyota TS010 , the second to the 1998 TS020, and the third to 2017 TS050 Hybrid, a car which came so close to Le Mans victory.
Toyota enlisted the help of car wrapping specialists Funkee Fish to deliver wraps for the cars which worked with the GT86’s contours and replicated, as closely as possible, the original livery.
Toyota has also lowered the suspension by 40mm, added a Miltek stainless steel exhaust for a more evocative noise and added aftermarket alloys which replicate the design of the original cars.
James Clark, Toyota’s GB Press man, said:
The GT86 gives us a great canvas on which to pay tribute to some of the amazing Toyota race cars that have thrilled the crowds at Le Mans. Response to our earlier retro-liveried coupes was fantastic and we hope these new cars – all strictly one-off creations – will generate the same kind of enthusiasm as we approach this year’s 24-hour race.
If you’re off to Le Mans you can get a look at these Le Mans inspired GT86s, and they will be joining Toyotas heritage and press fleets this summer.