Toyota TRD Griffon 86 Concept to make European debut

Toyota TRD Griffon 86 Concept to make European debut image

Text: Team / Photos: Toyota Press | posted July 10, 2013 17:05

Toyota FT86 Open Concept to be displayed at Goodwood too

The Toyota 86 will be returning to the Goodwood Festival of Speed a year after it was introduced there. However, this time around, Toyota will be highlighting its TRD Griffon 86 Concept that was created by Toyota Racing Development.

Following its  Japan premiere at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the TRD Griffon 86 will be gracing the track at Goodwood with modifications made throughout the car like weight reduction, chassis strengthening, and race-spec TRD accessories.

The exterior now sports carbon fiber bonnet, roof, doors, boot lid and rear wing. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic meanwhile was used for the bumpers, front wings and rear diffuser. Windows are also replaced by polycarbonate material to further reduce the car’s overall weight.

Inside the cabin, it was fitted with TRD bucket seat, gear shift knob, ignition button, oil pressure and water temperature gauges. Steering wheel was provided by Momo while seatbelts are supplied by Takata.

The car’s mechanical components are strengthened by replacing the standard LSD with a TRD mechanical LSD and a coil over suspension kit was also installed. Brakes are upgraded to a TRD monoblock brake calliper kit with race-spec brake pads. Wheels are replaced with a 18-inch TWS wheels with Yokohama Advan Tires.

No modifications were made to the car’s standard 2.0-liter normally aspirated boxer engine.

The FT86 Open concept – a working design study for a GT86 convertible – will also be put on display in the UK for the first time.