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Toyota GT86 Racing Car
In 2011, with the unveiling of the Super BRZ Concept STI, Subaru also unveiled their latest entry in the Super GT series’ GT300-category. R&D Sport would develop the BRZ GT300 to replace their Legacy for the 2012 season. The BRZ GT300 does not utilize the production car’s FA20 engine, instead opting for the Legacy’s EJ20 engine.
Toyota, in partnership with Gazoo Racing, announced plans to develop the 86 for motorsport use in multiple disciplines. Toyota and Gazoo will support private teams in the Super Taikyu Endurance Series and All-Japan Rally Championship. Gazoo Racing entered 86s in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, winning their SP3 class in 2012. Privateers Toyota Swiss Racing also claimed the V3 category in the same year.
In the United Kingdom, GPRM is developing a turbocharged version of the 86 for classification in the SRO Group’s GT4 category for use in Europe. The engine developments are being carried out by Nicholson McLaren Engines.
In the United States, Ken Gushi utilized a GPP Scion Racing FR-S built by GReddy Racing for the US Formula Drift championship. The FR-S features a turbocharged EJ25 boxer engine from a Subaru WRX STI produced more than 450 kW (600 bhp). In 2013 the FR-S replaced the Scion tC for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The FR-S’ were production units modified for racing safety and reliability. Nobuhiro Tajima will enter a Toyota 86 silhouette in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 2013.
In October 2012, Toyota Racing Development and Gazoo Racing announced a production racing model for the Toyota 86. The 86 Racing adds brake and oil cooler modifications, as well as a 4-point racing harness and rollcage. The stock 86 wheels are replaced by simple steel rims, while the exterior colour was only available in white.
Subaru followed in early 2013 with the BRZ RA Racing, featuring similar modifications. Both cars are only available in the Japanese market, and are eligible for a one-make racing series run by Gazoo Racing. Unlike the Toyota, the BRZ is available in any of the production car’s colours.
Le Mans 24 2014 Results: Final Complete Leaderboard, Highlights
The 2014 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was one of the wildest races motorsports fans will ever witness, and it was the No. 2 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro driven by Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer that stole the show in France with a monumental victory. (Source)
While Team Audi won the LMP1 division, (the No. 1 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro driven by Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene and Tom Kristensen also managed to finish second) there were three other divisions that also crowned champions.
For the LMP2 classification, it was the Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan driven by Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey that took the checkered flag.
As for the other two series, the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 driven by Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella won the GTE-Pro classification and the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Kristian Poulsen, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nicki Thiim that won the GTE-Am race.
|1||Audi Sport Joest R18 e-tron||Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer||379|
|2||Audi Sport Joest R18 e-tron||Kristensen/Gene/di Grassi||376|
|3||Toyota TS040 Hybrid||Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi||373|
|4||Rebellion R-ONE Toyota||Prost/Heidfeld/Beche||359|
|5||Porsche 919 Hybrid||Dumas/Jani/Lieb||348|
|1||Jota Zytek Z11SN Nissan||Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey||355|
|2||Thiriet by TDS Ligier JS Nissan||Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy||355|
|3||Signatech Alpine A450b Nissan||Panciatici/Webb/Chatin||355|
|4||Sebastien Loeb Oreca 03 Nissan||Rast/Charouz/Capillaire||354|
|5||OAK Ligier JS Nissan||Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy||354|
|1||AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia||Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella||339|
|2||Corvette Racing Chevrolet C7 R||Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor||338|
|3||Porsche Team Manthay 911||Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz||337|
|4||Corvette Racing Chevrolet C7 R||Gavin/Milner/Westbrook||333|
|5||Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8||Turner/Mucke/Senna||310|
|1||Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8||Poulsen/Heinemeier/Thiim||334|
|2||Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR||Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi||332|
|3||AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia||Perez/Cioci/Venturi||331|
|4||8 Star Ferrari F458 Italia||Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti||330|
|5||Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR||Dempsey/Long/Foster||329|
Source: 24h-LeMans.com | photo: Remy de la Mauviniere/Associated Press