The Toyota Motorsports Festival, "TOYOTA GAZOO Racing FESTIVAL 2011", was held at Fuji Speedway on Sunday, November 27th, 2011. At the event, the "86 (Hachiroku)" compact rear-wheel-drive sports car was announced.
Toyota and Subaru developed the "86" jointly with a strong desire to once-again bring the world a really enjoyable sports car.
The vehicle is equipped with a horizontally opposed engine and Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada explained that during development, three predecessors were kept in mind: the "Toyota Sports 800 (nicknamed, Yota-hachi) which had proved itself in many endurance races; the "Toyota 2000GT" the smoothly flowing bodywork of which has delighted users; and the model popularized by numerous user customizations, the "Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno (AE86)".
With the world's only "horizontally opposed D-4S engine", the "86" realizes higher output and better environmental performance. And the design theme, "Neo-Functionalism" seeks universal functional and sensual beauty. Furthermore, with future introduction of a variety of customized products and in succession to the AE86 spirit of "the joy of molding your own unique vehicle", Toyota strives for a sports car that will "evolve" with its customers.
"86" Senior Chief Planning Officer, Mitsuhisa Kato, gives his thoughts at the prototype announcement.
Product Planning Department Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada, explains the vehicle concept.
Press conference hall filled with members of the media
Unveiling the "86"
After the press conference, the "86" appeared before a large audience. At the steering wheel was Toyota president, Akio Toyoda. The audience was delighted by these two big surprises.
Many members of the press and a packed audience waits for "86" at the main stand
Toyota president, Akio Toyoda appears at the wheel of "86"
A smiling Akio Toyoda
Design with the "Neo-Functionalism" theme
The strong presence of the "86" Logo