NEWS: Toyota GT86 Hits Rallymaster Course Stages
Awesome news from Toyota and MotorsportVision (MSV) for all budding rally wannabes – as the storming rear-wheel-drive GT86 is set to take centre stage as the new Rallymaster course car at MSV Brands Hatch down south and Oulton Park up north.
The perfectly-balanced, oversteer-happy, tough and brilliant (Suabru flat four, quad-cam) Boxer-engined GT86 is perfect rally car material, as Tommi Makinen proved building a WRC version as the '00' course car on Rally Finland earlier this year.
A fleet of 10 GT86 will be used for the activity, which makes it possible for the holders of standard driving licences to enjoy driving at speed through a rally stage, on a mixture of smooth and loose surfaces. The sessions with an expert co-driver provide instruction on specialised techniques, including braking points, setting-up the car for corners, handbrake control, and drifting.
And to show what the GT86 is capable of, the package also includes a passenger ride with a professional driver at the wheel.
Toyota said: "With its classic sports car configuration of a front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, its light weight and low centre of gravity, the GT86 has the poise and performance of a thoroughbred driver’s car, earning it worldwide acclaim. At the same time, it remains highly affordable: a revised model range for the newly announced 2015 model year has seen the entry point to the GT86 line-up reduced by more than £2,000, to just £22,495*.
And Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of RallyMaster operator MSV, said: "The arrival of the Toyota GT86 begins a new era for RallyMaster, which previously put enthusiast drivers in front-wheel-drive cars. With its rear-wheel-drive and low centre of gravity, the Toyota GT86 was designed to give driving enthusiasts great balance and handling, making it perfect for an enjoyable introduction to rally driving."
Whilst Chris Hayes, Marketing Director Toyota (GB) PLC, added: "The GT86 is an ideal machine for the rally stage, it has been designed and engineered to deliver sheer driving pleasure. We hope it will provide an exciting and rewarding experience for everyone taking part."
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* On-the-road price for new GT86 Primo with introductory £500 customer offer; regular on-the-road price £22,995.