Big doings for Toyota’s GR86, both on and off the track

We’ve kept you apprised here about the freshened-for-2023 Toyota GR86 sport coupe, a tight little point-and-squirt machine that also lends its basic platform to the Subaru BRZ. Toyota has significantly upgraded the production version of the GR86, including a Special Edition with model-specific Solar Shift paint color, and a standard engine that substantially boosts both displacement and output to 2.4 liters and 228 horsepower, with the special edition limited to just 860 production units. Another piece of news that’s at least as big concerns what you can do with a GR86 after you take delivery.

Speed Sport, for which I’m a contributing writer, today carried Toyota’s announcement that a spec racing series for the GR86 will take place in 2023 to be called the GR Cup, and which will be contested and organized by SRO Motorsports Group. I profiled SRO Motorsports for a soon-to-be-published profile in PRI Magazine. SRO Motorsports is the world leader in presenting marque-centric GT racing events at road circuits on five continents, led by its signature event, the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa at the famed Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. According to Speed Sport, the GR Cup will comprise seven events in the United States spread among seven well-known road courses. SRO Motorsports presents this kind of marque-oriented road racing for aspiring racers throughout the world, with heavy manufacturer support.

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