Toyota will celebrate 50-years of race and rallying legend at the Festival of Speed with a stunning fleet of GT86 sports coupes finished in classic liveries – and you can drive them all.
Each of the six Toyota GT86s has received a special wrap based on a different racing or rallying model, including the iconic Castrol livery perhaps best remembered for covering Carlos Sainz’s 1998 World Rally car when he famously came so close to winning the title.
Also remembered will be two sporting versions of Toyota’s original sports car; the 2000GT and Ove Andersson’s 1970s Celica 1600GT rally car – the machine that helped inspire Toyota to launch a full international motorsports programme – the IMSA GTU Celica that raced in North America in the 1980s and the Esso Ultron Tiger Supra from the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship.
For more authenticity, each car has been lowered by 40mm, thanks to new springs and finished with custom wheels and a Milltek stainless steel sports exhaust system.
Not only will the one-off group be on display at the Festival but anyone with a ticket will be able drive them at the Moving Motor Show, after which they will go on static display at the GT86 Drift Experience. Here’s the deal: Availability of the GT86s is going to be limited, understandably. So to put yourself in the frame you’ll need to turn up at Toyota’s spot in the moving motor show as early as you possibly can. Then fetch them a big, toothy grin …
Representing Toyota’s modern racing programme Toyota Gazoo Racing’s World Endurance Championship winning TS040 hybrid will take to the hillclimb in the hands of Anthony Davidson and Mike Conway, fresh from competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours just two weeks earlier. The Festival will also see speed runs from Toyota Camry NASCAR racers from Red Bull Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsport.
On the rally stage three decades of Toyota WRC history will be seen, including runs by the Celica TE27, RA40, ST205, ST185 and the extreme TA64 Group B car, plus the WRC Corolla and John Midgley’s historic AE86.
As if that wasn’t enough the Toyota stand will also play host to the TS040, as well as the amazing FT-1 concept and the latest Toyota Aygo.