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2016 Toyota 86 Racing Series Press Kit

  1. TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES PACKS THE GRID IN 2016
  2. TOYOTA 86 RACE-READY FOR UNDER $70,000

TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES PACKS THE GRID IN 2016


Toyota Australia has officially launched the Toyota 86 Racing Series, with a bumper roll-call of 35 entrants confirmed for the first of five rounds on the 2016 calendar.

Entries for the new single-make category, which kicks off at this month's V8 Supercars Winton SuperSprint (May 20-22), have exceeded even Toyota Australia's expectations.

Entrants range from aspiring racers still in high school, to established motorsport operations running multiple cars looking to use the Toyota 86 Racing Series as a stepping stone in their driver development programs.

Eight competitors are 18 or under, with a span of four decades separating the youngest gun from the most seasoned campaigner.

New South Wales heads the list with 16 entrants, followed by Queensland (eight), Victoria (six), South Australia (two), Tasmania (two), and the ACT (one).

Underpinned by a straightforward and relatively affordable technical spec, the Toyota 86 Racing Series provides the perfect platform for budding competitors to develop their skills and gain exposure in the hope of progressing up the motorsport ladder, to V8 Supercars or an international career.

A prize pool of $125,000 gives up-and-coming drivers a shot at snaring a career-boosting budget, and an entry fee of $1,500 per round (including Bathurst), is the lowest for any mainstream national series; surely the most cost-effective way to impress many thousands of spectators and a huge TV audience, not to mention V8 Supercar team bosses.

To assist entrants on and off track Toyota is also adding selected professional racers to the starting line-up, with different drivers brought in throughout the season.

For Winton, the field will be boosted with the addition of V8 Supercars Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Seton, seasoned V8 Supercar ace Steven Johnson, and versatile and highly credentialed racer Leanne Tander.

These nominated 'pro drivers' are not eligible for prizemoney; their primary role is to mentor regular competitors by sharing tips on everything from race-craft and driving technique to engineering set-up and team structure.

Toyota executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the series has been more than 12 months in the making.

"In creating the series we aimed for an attainable, grassroots category to help aspiring racers step up to national competition. And it has already achieved that; connecting a fresh batch of emerging motorsport talent to the Toyota brand and the 86," Mr Cramb said.

"The 86 is the perfect platform to help develop driving and engineering skills, and the racing series package has been designed to be affordable and fast," he said.

"Toyota is confident it will deliver close and spirited racing. We can't wait to watch the field compete and develop over the season," he said.

The series is managed by AirTime Autosport under the leadership of prominent motorsport identity Neil Crompton, and commercial support has been building steadily in the lead-up to the opening event.

Commercial vehicle heavyweight Hino Motor Sales Australia has signed a multi-year partnership as Official Truck Provider, with a Hino 700 Series prime-mover on hand to help transport category support equipment and pro cars to race rounds.

Toyota Genuine Motor Oil (TGMO), one of Australia's largest and most successful genuine oil programs, has also confirmed its support of the Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2016.

The Toyota 86 Racing Series

The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $125,000.

Open to all manual variants of Toyota's cult-classic sports car*, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Australian V8 Supercars championship.

In 2016 the Toyota 86 Racing Series will run over five events: May 20-22 (Winton SuperSprint), August 26-28 (Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint), September 16-18 (Sandown 500), October 6-9 (Bathurst 1000) and December 2-4 (Sydney 500).

For regular updates and more information go to toyota.com.au/86/racing-series.

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* Must be Australian Design Rule (ADR) compliant.

For more information, please contact:

Phil Harrison
General Manager
AirTime Autosport
Tel: (02) 9986 3559
Mob: (0408) 619 344
phil@airtimeautosport.com


Darryl Bush
Neal Bates Motorsport
Tel: (02) 6260 1123
Mob: (0409) 607 183
darryl.bush@bigpond.com

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 RACE-READY FOR UNDER $70,000


Racing drivers with their sights set on the transition to national level motorsport can be on the grid for the Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2016 for less than $70,000.

Toyota ambassador and four times Australian Rally Champion Neal Bates has worked with a range of specialists to develop a high-performance, low-cost mandatory race package that is designed to be affordable, fast and durable.

It includes an adjustable front and rear coil-over damping system built and tuned by Queensland-based MCA, owned and run by rally legend and suspension guru Murray Coote.

Brakes are upgraded with larger rotors (330mm front / 316mm rear) and AP Racing callipers (four-piston front / two-piston rear), while wheels step up to 18-inch OZ 'Asfalto' alloy rims.

The exhaust system is custom made from manifold to tailpipe, a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) engine oil cooler has been added, and a specific, locked Motec M150 Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is able to be swapped from car to car, ensuring parity on engine management.

A modified throttle stop, specific rear spoiler and baffled sump pan complete the list of required NBM elements for a total price under $25,000 (including fitting).

"In fine-tuning the 86 race package we've aimed for a balance between performance, tune-ability and budget," Neal Bates said.

"Young drivers will benefit from the driveability we've added through the exhaust and ECU tune, at the same time developing their set-up skills with the adjustable coil-overs," he said.

In addition to the mandatory kit, Race Series 86s must be fitted with a category-compliant roll-cage, as well as a Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS)-compliant race seat and multi-point harness, which competitors are free to source independently, with a representative cost of $12-15,000.

Dunlop's ultra-high performance R-specification Direzza DZII*86 tyre was selected as the series control tyre after exhaustive on-track evaluation and has been approved by CAMS.

Dunlop Tyres Australia has set a price of $289.85 (including GST) with competitors allowed up to six new tyres per round.

In line with pricing for the mandatory package, and estimated costs for the other required components, even if a competitor chooses a new 86 GT at $29,990** as their base vehicle, a track-ready car, complete with race rubber and initial race entry fee, could be on the grid in 2016 for less than $70,000.

Toyota 86 Racing Series competition components

Engine

Motec M150 Electronic Control Unit, TRD engine oil cooler, baffled sump pan, modified throttle stop

Exhaust

Neil Bates Motorsport custom - 86 Track Spec

Suspension

MCA adjustable front and rear coil-over damping system

Wheels

18-inch OZ ‘Asfalto’ alloy rims

Tyres

Dunlop Direzza DZII*86 - 225/40R18 R-spec

Brakes

Upgraded rotors (330mm front / 316mm rear) and AP Racing callipers (four-piston front / two-piston rear)

Body

T86RS-specific rear spoiler

Safety

T86RS-compliant roll-cage, CAMS-compliant race seat and multi-point harness


The Toyota 86 Racing Series

The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $125,000.

Open to all manual variants of Toyota's cult-classic sports car*, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Australian V8 Supercars championship.

In 2016 the Toyota 86 Racing Series will run over five events: May 20-22 (Winton SuperSprint), August 26-28 (Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint), September 16-18 (Sandown 500), October 6-9 (Bathurst 1000) and December 2-4 (Sydney 500).

For regular updates and more information go to toyota.com.au/86/racing-series.

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Pricing correct at time of issue.
* Must be Australian Design Rule (ADR) compliant.
** Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.


For more information, please contact:

Phil Harrison
General Manager
AirTime Autosport
Tel: (02) 9986 3559
Mob: (0408) 619 344
phil@airtimeautosport.com

Darryl Bush
Neal Bates Motorsport
Tel: (02) 6260 1536
darryl.bush@bigpond.com

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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