In the fourth race of the TMG GT86 Cup, on June 25, Cologne-based TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will officially see its upgraded CS-Cup car race for the first time in the competition. Nico Ehlert, TMG’s Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport, here explains why and how this upgrade came about.
TMG has developed an extensive technical upgrade for its tried-and-tested GT86 CS-V3. Why?
We want to broaden our customer motorsport base and provide an attractive car that can also be used outside our successful TMG GT86 Cup. At the same time, we thus upgrade the Cup as such and give our drivers new incentives.
Does this mean that the TMG GT86 Cup will be continued next year?
Well, you may very well say that, but no decision has been taken yet. But I think it would be the logical step and am optimistic. As usual, TMG will announce its plans for the next season early, so that all our teams know what is up.
What was most important to you in this upgrade?
Three things: costs, handling, performance!
Meaning what exactly?
First of all, we didn’t want to have a new car but only an upgrade for our customers’ racers. And new production processes allowed us not only to make parts like the brake cooling system, prone to get crashed in accidents, more robust but also cheaper. And we saw to a neutral handling. Any driver will be able to drive it fast and safely and gear the car to what he or she wants.
What about performance, probably the most important aspect for drivers?
The new aerodynamic package with its front lip, side skirts and the large rear wing is very distinct and makes for a higher cornering speed. With the new air box we improved the air influx when running at high revs. In combination with the new motor mapping, this makes for 214 hp now. And the coupling and transmission have been upgraded too.
And the GT86 racer is now lighter?
Yes, by 80kg. We now do without production parts like the handbrake system and the core. The glass side windows have been replaced by lighter Lexan windows.
So if you want to win a TMG GT86 Cup race you have to retrofit your car?
Definitely. Our tests and simulations show that lap times can be made faster by 10 seconds or so. And the car is more stable and safer now. I am convinced that our customers will now enjoy the cup even more.
The TMG GT86 Cup has been part of the VLN since 2012 and is now a firm part of this popular endurance championship. The brand cup does not only provide ambitious amateur race drivers with an excellent price-performance ratio but also a professional environment with an extensive on-site service, a racer perfectly geared to Nordschleife conditions and an overall prize (cash and in-kind) of EUR 60,000.
Interested teams and drivers will find more detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup at www.gt86-cup.com.
Royalty-free high-resolution images of the TMG GT86 CS-V3 and the TMG GT86 Cup can be found at: www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com