One of the forum members of Club4AG, Moto-P, got the chance to attend a dinner meeting with the chief project engineer of the Toyota FT-86, Tetsuya Tada, and got to see the final production version as well as some of the juicy details regarding the car that pretty much confirm that the car was designed with tuning and the aftermarket scene in mind.
The FT-86, was from the onset, designed and intended to be a purist sports car for enthusiasts. The engine, although based on the EJ20 boxer mill from project partner Subaru, has been entirely recast by Toyota. Nonetheless, all the four mounting points of the engine in the bay remain the same as the EJ20 in the Subarus, allowing owners drop in race-ready EJ20 engines into the car.
Toyota also got their old friends at Yamaha to tune the exhaust note of the car to really bring out that boxer burble when you floor it. If you’re planning to enter the FT-86 in some sanctioned race events, you’ll be pleased to know that there are creases and folds on the edge of the sides of the dashboard that allow you to install a rollcage without having to cut up the dashboard.
Tada himself also mentioned that the production version might do without a CD player and navigation unit to keep things simple but considering that most people have iPods or portable music players, iPod and AUX connectivity will be offered.
All this could only spell a bright future for the FT-86 and the return to basics as well as prominent attention on the aftermarket side of things really does align back Toyota with the sporty image it projected back in the day with the AE86, MR2, Celica and Supra. This is definitely one car I would pick over an orgy with Blake Lively and Amber Heard.
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