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2015 Toyota 86 Pro-Am Press Kit

  1. TOYOTA AND V8 SUPERCARS ANNOUNCE PRO-AM RACE SERIES FOR 86 SPORTS CAR
  2. TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM RACE CAR SPECIFICATIONS
  3. TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM RACE CAR - BUILT FOR SPEED AND RELIABILITY
  4. A SPEECH BY TONY CRAMB, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SALES AND MARKETING, TOYOTA AUSTRALIA
  5. V8 SUPERCARS WELCOMES TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM SERIES
  6. CAMS WELCOMES TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM RACE SERIES

TOYOTA AND V8 SUPERCARS ANNOUNCE PRO-AM RACE SERIES FOR 86 SPORTS CAR


Toyota Australia today announced an affordable, grassroots motorsport series based on the country's best-selling sports car, the Toyota 86 coupe, to be raced exclusively at V8 Supercars events.

The series, to start next year, will be run as a pro-am with up to five selected professional drivers who will mentor and compete against a larger field of amateur drivers who will qualify to get onto the starting grid.

The Toyota 86 Pro-Am race series, under the official banner of Toyota Racing Australia, will be staged at selected V8 Supercars events and will be sanctioned by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

The 86 race cars will be based on the GT manual with key specifications controlled to ensure their suitability and reliability while keeping costs as low as possible.

Neal Bates Motorsport, owned by the four-time Australian rally champion, has developed and tested a race package that includes suspension, brakes, extractors and exhaust, ECU, oil cooler, rims and tyres as well as mandatory safety gear.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the company was committed to supporting enthusiast 86 owners in making the transition to circuit racing.

"The 86 sports car has brought to life Toyota's brand promise as a company whose people love cars and are building exciting vehicles for customers," Mr Cramb said.

"The dynamic abilities and fun-to-drive characteristics of the 86 provide a credible platform for motorsport - and many owners already compete regularly in tarmac rallies, lap dashes and other events," he said.

"The Toyota 86 Pro-Am series will present genuine, dynamic and entertaining racing to a broad audience, including big crowds at each round and a large audience on free-to-air and pay TV.

"Fundamental to the concept is that it is a grassroots motorsport series that is affordable for anyone who has both the passion and the talent to compete in a national series."

The 86 has become a cult hero since being launched in mid-2012 with Australians having bought more than 13,000 cars - the third-highest total in the world.

Mr Cramb said Toyota has a proud history in motorsport around the world, using its participation to produce ever-better cars and encourage even more car enthusiasts.

Toyota's 86 one-make series in Australia will be similar to series run in Japan, Germany and New Zealand.

Toyota is the manufacturers' and drivers' titleholder in the World Endurance Championship and has competed successfully in the US-based NASCAR, Dakar Rally, Super Formula and Super GT categories in Japan and at iconic races such as the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race.

"All these motorsport activities involve testing the speed and durability of our vehicles, which helps us enhance the technology, innovation and excitement of our road cars," Mr Cramb said.

"Toyota is committed to continuing to bring energy and enjoyment to motoring enthusiasts around the world - from the highest motorsports categories through to grass-roots activities... from races to rallies to customer events," he said.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said the Toyota 86 Pro-Am series was a welcome addition to the sport which offers its world-class racing categories the largest stage in Australasia and a significant global audience.

"This is a fantastic announcement and we congratulate Toyota for making this commitment to motorsport in Australia," Mr Warburton said.

"It is indeed an honour that Toyota, the long-term market leader in Australia, sees the power in the V8 Supercars Series and for us to join the ranks of motorsport superpowers globally with whom Toyota has an association.

"And what better time to make that announcement than at the Adelaide event, a huge motorsport weekend which showcases a raft of categories from not only Australia but around the world."

Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said he was honoured to be named patron of the series, especially because the global success of the Toyota 86 owes so much to Australia.

Mr Tada said he was impressed - and humbled - by the overwhelming passion and enthusiasm for the 86 among Australian owners.

"My dream is that one day we can have a World 86 Challenge with the best drivers from Japan, Europe and other markets - and the champion Toyota 86 driver from Australia," he said.

Further details of the series will be released in coming months. In the meantime, potential competitors can register their interest on the Toyota website at www.toyota.com.au/86/pro-am.

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For more information, please contact:
Stephen Coughlan
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710-3059
Mob: (0434) 442 261
stephen.coughlan@toyota.com.au

Mike Breen Manager
Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064
mike.breen@toyota.com.au

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TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM RACE CAR SPECIFICATIONS


STANDARD VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS

Power: 147kW @ 7000rpm
Torque: 205Nm @ 6400–6600rpm
Weight: 1,222kg
Wheelbase: 2570mm
Track: 1520 (front), 1540mm (rear)


MODIFICATIONS FOR RACING

Engine: Programmable ECU
Extractors and exhaust
Remote oil cooler
Brakes: Four-pot front, two-pot rear
Suspension: Adjustable coil-over
Wheels: Under development
Tyres: R-type


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TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM RACE CAR - BUILT FOR SPEED AND RELIABILITY


Toyota ambassador Neal Bates and his team at Neal Bates Motorsport (NBM) are co-ordinating the development of Toyota's 86 Pro-Am series race car.

The goal is to create a durable and reliable race car that stays true to the fun-to-drive concept of 86.

The cost to participate in the Pro-Am series including hardware and running expenses must be kept to an affordable level.

"The Toyota 86 is such a competent car that it has just been a matter of building race-durable components into it without interfering with its character," four times Australian Rally Champion Neal Bates said.

Bates is the only person in Australia to be awarded CAMS' Phil Irving prize for engineering excellence and the Peter Brock medal for community engagement.

He is well qualified not only to develop the mechanical aspects of the series but also to help manage the expectations of the young development drivers expected to enter.

"The aim is to engineer a car that is pretty much bullet-proof in racing conditions while making it a satisfying and rewarding experience for its driver," Bates said.

"We want young drivers to learn a lot from the series."

Development is ongoing for the series, but the basic guidelines for control components have been set.

Each Toyota 86 GT race car will be fitted with an Australian designed Motec Electronic Control Unit purpose-built for the car.

All ECUs will be locked and be capable of being moved from car to car. They will contribute to an increase in performance from the road-going Toyota 86.

Noted Australian suspension expert Murray Coote has developed an adjustable front and rear coil-over shock damping system.

Competitors will be able to adjust the suspension to suit their own requirements.

NBM has developed a larger diameter brake package based on AP components.

Front brakes will have a four piston calliper and the rears a two piston system.

The 86 will use an extractor and exhaust system for both performance and sound.

An engine oil cooler is fitted for durability.

The control tyre and wheel package is yet to be determined.

The 86 Pro-Am series is yet to decide on a minimum racing weight for the 86.

CAMS requirements of roll cage, seats and belts will all be free choice for competitors.

"The package we have produced is intended to provide the assurance of reliability under race-track conditions," Bates said.

Bates said on-track development has resulted in promising results.

The development car has lapped Mt Panorama in 2min 42.6secs, Wakefield Park in 1min 8.7secs and Winton Motor Raceway in 1min 37.8secs.

"Its ride, response and feedback is phenomenal and very predictable," Bates said.

"It's everything a young driver could want in a development series.

"I'd expect the field to be very close in lap times so racing and development of race craft should be optimised."

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A SPEECH BY TONY CRAMB, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SALES AND MARKETING, TOYOTA AUSTRALIA


Toyota has a proud history in motorsport, using its participation to produce ever-better cars and encourage even more car enthusiasts.

Our company's founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, said the aim of racing is not just to satisfy our curiosity, but to enable the development of the auto industry.

He said that, when exposed to harsh conditions such as racing, both cars and people truly develop.

That's why you see Toyota competing in the World Endurance Championship, NASCAR, the Dakar Rally, the Super Formula and Super GT categories in Japan and at iconic races such as the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race.

Our global president Akio Toyoda regularly puts vehicles to the test on roads around the world, from Australia to Finland.

In doing so, he felt strongly that we must return to the World Rally Championship, and we will start competing again in 2017.

All these motorsport activities involve testing the speed and durability of our vehicles, which helps us enhance the technology, innovation and excitement of our road cars.

Toyota is also committed to supporting its customers in motorsport.

Over the past two years there have been incredibly successful one-make series for the 86 in Japan, Germany and New Zealand.

In Australia, our people are also passionate about cars, and we began examining ways to support people who enjoy the thrill of driving the 86.

In our dealer showrooms, the 86 has been a phenomenal success.

Since its launch in mid-2012, Australians have bought more than 13,000 86s - the third-highest total in the world.
The 86 has brought to life Toyota's brand promise as a company whose people love cars and are building exciting vehicles for customers.

It has attracted a cult following, shown by the capacity crowds at our two Festivals of 86 where hundreds of owners showed off their cars - and the guest of honour, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, was mobbed like a rock star.

Many of these owners have spent thousands of dollars - and some even tens of thousands of dollars - modifying their cars, both for "show" and for "go".

The dynamic abilities and fun-to-drive characteristics of the 86 provide a credible platform for motorsport - and many owners compete regularly in tarmac rallies and other events.

Today, it's time for us to outline the company's support for these customers.

Toyota is delighted to announce that it is creating an affordable, grassroots motorsport series based on the Toyota 86 sports car.

It will be run under the official banner of Toyota Racing Australia.

The one-make race series will start next year - giving everyone who wants to compete plenty of time to prepare - and it will run initially for three years.

It will be a pro-am involving up to five professional drivers with the balance of the field being amateur drivers who will qualify to get onto the starting grid.

Professional drivers, to be announced in coming months, will add to the excitement of the category and will mentor the amateur drivers.

This mentoring will extend beyond honing driving skills - it will also focus on teaching them about the business of motorsport because we all know that the hardest part of driving is actually outside the car.

The series will present genuine, dynamic and entertaining racing to a broad audience, including "live" spectators and those watching on free-to-air and pay TV.

Races will be held in conjunction with selected rounds of the V8 Supercars and the series has been sanctioned by CAMS.

I'd like to express Toyota's thanks to James Warburton and his team and to CAMS for their support, including during the many months we have been discussing this concept with them.

The 86 race cars will be based on the GT manual with a control spec.

Neal Bates Motorsport has developed and tested a race-car package to ensure suitability and reliability, and to control costs.

This includes suspension package, brakes, extractors and exhaust, ECU, oil cooler, rims and tyres as well as other off-the-shelf items such as a roll cage and other mandatory safety gear, a racing seat and harness and a steering wheel.

Neal Bates is a great Toyota ambassador. With Coral Taylor, he won four Australian Rally Championships, and he has done a brilliant job with the 86 development car.

He has confirmed its abilities at places like Wakefield Park... and he didn't even complain when we prevailed on him to put it through its paces around Mt Panorama a few weeks ago.

For the record, his best time in just a handful of laps was in the low two-minutes-40-seconds range.

As I mentioned, the key words for this series are 'affordable' and 'grassroots'.

Our vision is that a full year's competition, including the car, package, transport and entry fees, will come in under $100,000 in the first year.

We believe many competitors will be able to compete for substantially less, and of course the on-going costs in years two and three should be much lower.

As you'd expect, Toyota will subsidise the cost of parts for competitors.

The details of these and all other arrangements for the Toyota 86 one-make series will be announced throughout the next 12 months.

In the meantime, we'd like to invite potential competitors to register their interest on the Toyota website, and we will contact them to confirm their interest.

Toyota is committed to continuing to bring energy and enjoyment to motoring enthusiasts around the world - from the highest motorsports categories through to grass-roots activities... from races to rallies to customer events.

It's an exciting time for Toyota, our staff and our customers. We can't wait for the first race early next year.

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V8 SUPERCARS WELCOMES TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM SERIES


The Chief Executive Officer of V8 Supercars has welcomed Toyota's 86 Pro-Am Series as another means of developing young talent.

Toyota has used the 2015 Clipsal 500 to announce its intention to stage a one-make series for its outstanding 86 sports car starting in 2016.

The series rounds will be held exclusively at V8 Supercars events in recognition of the influence V8 Supercars commands in Australian motorsport.

"I am absolutely delighted Toyota has chosen V8 Supercars to host the Toyota 86 Pro-Am series," Mr Warburton said.

"It is indeed an honour that Toyota, the long-term market leader in Australia, sees the power in the V8 Supercars Series and for us to join the ranks of motorsport superpowers globally with whom Toyota has an association.

"We are proud of what we as V8 Supercars do for motorsport and the canvas we provide for all categories through live media coverage and huge crowds."

Australia will be the fourth country in the world to stage a one-make series using its fun-to-drive 86 sports car.

"The Toyota 86 Pro-Am Series with its cult and youth following will complement our existing categories and be a great addition to our events from 2016," said Mr Warburton.

"It will also fit perfectly with our objective to nurture talent through the ranks in the categories of their choice, quite possibly into V8 Supercars or other categories around the world.

"The series forms a very important part of our vision of developing young drivers to step up to V8 Supercars or other forms of motorsport.

"We are very proud to have Toyota as part of the V8 Supercars family and look forward to many great years together."
Toyota and V8 Supercars will work on a schedule of 86 Pro-Am races to maximise the impact of the series from 2016.

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CAMS WELCOMES TOYOTA 86 PRO-AM RACE SERIES


The launch of the Toyota 86 pro-am race series is a significant development for Australian motor sport, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) said today.

CAMS General Manager of Motor Sport Development Cameron McConville said confirmation of the Toyota 86 pro-am is particularly exciting because the new series is designed to appeal to grassroots motor sport enthusiasts.

"We see this decision by Toyota as a great opportunity for the development of local drivers, particularly at the grassroots level," McConville said.

"The creation of the Toyota pro-am series with the assistance of CAMS will enable people who are driving Toyota 86 cars on the road to take the steps required to race in a national competition.

The Toyota 86 is also an ideal entry into motor sport because of its compact, lightweight, affordable and fun-to-drive nature.

"A key part of CAMS' role as the governing body of motor sport in Australia is to assist members of the clubs in our stable with direct access to circuit racing.

"Membership of Toyota 86 clubs has been expanding and several of these clubs have affiliated with CAMS, particularly in the past 12 to 18 months," he said.

As with similar one-make series, the Toyota 86 pro-am series will require competitors to adhere to sporting and technical regulations that focus more on driver talent and development rather than team budget.

CAMS welcomes the news of the arrival of the Toyota 86 series in 2016, believing it will only help the organisation's vision of having more people enjoying more motor sport.

ENDS

Media Contact

Leith Mulligan
General Manager - Media, Communications and Marketing
+61 9593 7777
+61 418 899 072
leith.mulligan@cams.com.au

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