The story of the Toyota 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ is one of want. Sure, enthusiasts were thrilled to have an affordable and attractive rear-drive sports car in the mix, but it still left some desires unsatiated. The want for more power, the want for an STi version, and the want for better materials all have generally gone unanswered, unless you consider motorsport versions. About four years ago, the Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) division launched a and announced the first ever TMG GT86 Cup, a one-make racing series. The success of that series spawned an even better track machine, the GT86 CS-Cup, which officially entered competition in 2016. This week at the , is the first time it has set rubber on U.S. soil.
The CS-Cup is technically the third version of TMG's 86 race variant. First came the CS-V3, then came the last year, and now the CS-Cup. None of them have earth-shattering power upgrades compared with the stock 205 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque; the Cup has 212 horsepower and 162 lb-ft. With these race cars, the suspension, aero, and ECU provide the excitement.
The car sits on 8.0-by-17-inch O-Z Racing wheels, which are linked to two-way adjustable Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and Eibach sway bars. Behind the front wheels are Alcon four-piston racing calipers, while the rear brakes retain OE one-piston calipers. The car uses PFC brake pads and stainless-steel brake lines, and TMG added a special brake-cooling system.
There's a new TMG exhaust system that uses two FIA Motorsport catalyzers, and the boxer engine has been remapped. The adjustments allow the driver to flat-shift at full throttle with auto blipping, in an effort to eliminate even the slightest lapse in torque.
The body has a new front splitter, side skirts, and a whopper of a rear wing to keep the racer planted. The car has been wrapped in a special red-and-white scheme that pays homage to the TS020 Le Mans car and sits next to a spotless 2000GT at the booth. The want has never been more real.