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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,” 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.
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,” 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,” 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.
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.
Toyota’s latest ad campaign is truly a global undertaking – AND it features the World’s best Toyota too!
When we received a call late last year from Toyota asking for ‘casting’ of the hero car to be featured in the ad campaign, we never thought one of the AE86 family would make its way around the world to be featured in this awesome and somewhat mischievous set of shorts. Just look at that beautiful kouki Levin 3-door!
All Three (Check out that triple tail out action!)
It’s fun, it’s nostalgic and for some of us, it’s a crystalline reminder of these exact moments, growing up with our favourite first Toyota and living the adventure that is the AE86 life!
Check out the official site here: http://toyota.jp/information/campaign/nextone/
Calling all Toyota 86 and AE86 owners… the FESTIVALOF86 is back!
Toyota Australia will be supporting a very special 86 owners’ meet-up at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney on the 8th and 9th of November.
The man responsible for creating the car we all love – Toyota 86 Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada – will be returning to Festival of 86 to personally thank you for your support and, of course, to check out your cars. He’ll be joined on the day by four-time national rally champion Neal Bates and National drift champion Beau Yates.
The festival will be packed with food trucks, coffee stands, merchandise, your beautiful 86 and AE86s, and plenty more!
Please note: Admission is very limited. You can only attend on one day so please pick carefully. Tickets are currently for only the driver with their 86 or AE86. A notification will be sent closer to the event when guest passes and general admission become available.
Register for a pass, tell your friends and give your baby a wash and detail!
Register Here: http://festivalof86.eventbrite.com.au/
When: Saturday 8, 10am – 4pm OR Sunday 9 November 2014, 10am – 3pm
Where: White Bay Cruise Terminal, James Craig Road, Rozelle, NSW
– Access to the main site is strictly limited to Toyota 86 & Original AE86’s
– Non 86/AE86s will have to park offsite (although limited on-site parking will also be available)
– A provision for trailer parking will be provided (for those with race cars and heavily modified rides)
– You MUST have a printed version of your event ticket with you to be granted access to the event
– Gates will open at 10am on both days – NOT BEFORE
For any questions, email email@example.com
Remember, Toyota will be keeping an eye out for #Festivalof86 in the lead-up to the event, so be sure to post pictures along the way!
Please drive safely and watch your speed. As per last year the local council & police are aware that the event is occurring. In return for providing access to the site, Toyota reserves the right to make use of any images and video collected on the day in promotional material for social media purposes. Toyota has also confirmed that no pets will be allowed to enter the event, and no alcohol will be permitted on site.
The worldwide AE86 family got into the spirit on the 6th of August to celebrate 86 Day. These Japanese hachiroku mania got out to Sports Land Yamanashi to tear it up, making sure to get in-car camera angles and roof cam angles for maximum effect.
Taka Aono is a pro driver in Formula DRIFT, the premier professional drifting series in the United States. He competes in a 1986 Toyota Corolla GTS, known among enthusiasts by its chassis code: AE86. He has been drifting competitively since 2003.
The progression of professional drifting in recent years has resulted in vehicles of enormous horsepower and build quality, and a shift in judging criteria that rewards high speeds and close proximity in tandem rounds. The general consensus among drivers and fans alike is the AE86, with its short wheelbase and low horsepower output, is no longer competitive in professional level drifting.
Taka has competed in every round of Formula DRIFT since its inception in 2004, and he has done so in his AE86.
“Some people drive their cars hard and find enjoyment in doing it. I’m just the opposite. I’m happy to just drive them down the street once or twice a year and back into the garage.”
A simply stunning video piece from Landin Williams, a creative from Washington USA that shows how similar we all are.
Do you want to win tickets to TopGear Festival on 8-9 March at Sydney Motorsport Park? Can you be in Sydney this weekend?
HR has 6x double passes for Saturday and 4x double passes for Sunday to give away thanks to Major Sponsor Toyota Australia!
All you need to do is:
1. LIKE the HR – Hachiroku.com.au Facebook page.
2. LIKE the competition post!
3. COMMENT ON FACEBOOK your preference of Saturday or Sunday double pass.
4. TAG ON FACEBOOK a friend (or friends!) who would also love to go to TopGear Festival in Sydney!
5. and ANSWER ON FACEBOOK this Question: What is the name of the drifting master that tore up the outback in a spot of RAW driving for the Australian Toyota 86 advertisement?
(Please keep all comments, answers and tags in a single post on facebook)
Competition ends on Wednesday 12 MIDDAY AEST. Winners names will be announced on the HR Facebook page and tickets will be mailed out this week to our winners in time for this weekend!
Alexi at Noriyaro hits us with killer video after killer video. It’s great to see that content is coming thick and fast from NY again!
Alexi’s also got a Noriyaro2 channel up over on YouTube, with behind the scenes and longer uncut videos so check that out here! 「http://www.youtube.com/user/noriyaro2」
Toyota has contacted HR and only a select few of the local 86/BRZ clubs to exclusively invite AE86 and 86 drivers to Round 3 of the Australian Drift Grand Prix this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park in Eastern Creek to support Beau Yates!
Get to the venue early and if you are one of the first 60 AE86 or 86 cars to show up, you will get exclusive reserved parking inside Sydney Motorsport Park!
These same 60 cars will then be allowed to participate in a slow-speed, on-track cavalcade lap at the end of the day (and Toyota will have their professional photographer there to capture this and share it with the club).
The chance for one person to win the opportunity to get into Beau’s monster drift machine and go for a hot lap at the end of the day (pending schedule/track availability).
Attendees will still need to purchase entry to the event via http://trackbattle.bigcartel.com/
Entry on Saturday is $25, and Sunday $35. Or weekend Pass $50. If you
The ’60’ Spots are available on Saturday or Sunday (or both)!
Toyota will also be brining a driving simulator and some great merchandise along to the track.
So please show your support for Beau and his 86 THIS WEEKEND on the 8-9 February.
Entry to the “dedicated 86 parking zone” is just via the main entrance to SMSP – off Ferrers Road Eastern Creek.
Attendees can just roll into the carpark in their AE86/86’s, show a pre-paid ticket (that you’ve bought on the ADGP website) and they’ll be directed to the 86 area (assuming it’s not yet full).
Other non-AE86/86 vehicles will be required to pay $10 for parking and be positioned further from the track.