Toyota Racing Development has released photos of its newest project car based on the GT86 (known here as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ). Called the TRD Griffon GT86, the modified sports coupe will make its public debut July 12 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Toyota previously showed off an earlier version of the TRD Griffon GT86 at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January. The car has been extensively modified for track duty, starting with a coilover suspension, lightweight 10-spoke black wheels, and sticky track tires. New brake calipers grab larger, slotted discs. The doors have been replaced with carbon fiber units and much of the interior has been gutted to save weight. A small Momo steering wheel and a trio of gauges (which replace the factory radio) greet the driver, who sits in the car's single bucket seat. On the outside, carbon-fiber mirrors, a giant rear wing, an aggressive rear diffuser, new front fenders with cooling vents, and a racier front fascia with aerodynamic flics adorn the TRD Griffon GT86.
Although the 2.0-liter boxer-four engine has not been changed, TRD fitted a shorter final drive ratio that should improve acceleration. Plus, by making the hood, doors, and bumpers from carbon fiber, the group has trimmed weight from the Griffon GT86, which should also help performance.
Toyota doesn't have any plans so far to put the TRD Griffon GT86 into production, but it does hint at the way both Toyota (with the GT86 and equivalent Scion FR-S) and Subaru (with the BRZ) could add more performance to the sports coupe twins.