Toyota is celebrating its long and storied motorsport history at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month with six Toyota GT86s wearing liveries carried by some of Toyota’s great race and rally cars.
Perhaps the most iconic is the Castrol livery, used by Toyota’s World Rally Championship team in 1994 and ’95 on the ST205-generation Celica GT-Four. In ’94 the team cleaned up, winning both the Drivers’ title for Didier Auriol, and the Manufacturers’ crown.
The red car with a harks back to the early days of Toyota’s involvement in the WRC, replicating Ove Andersson’s 1972 RAC Rally car – the Swedish driver was one of the early exponents of Toyota rally cars, his operation becoming the Toyota Team Europe works squad and ultimately the current Toyota Racing.
The tiger skin car will be familiar to anyone who’s played Gran Turismo recently, representing the Esso Ultron-sponsored Supra that raced in the Japanese GT Championship, while the two white cars recall past success in America. The car with red and yellow stripes borrows from the Celica run in IMSA GTU racing by All-American Racing in the early Eighties, and the one with the blue bonnet pays tribute to the Shelby-run 2000GT that won races in ’68. Finally, the yellow GT86 is inspired by the 2000GT that set multiple speed records at Yatabe in ’66.
The liveries are all vinyl wraps, each one complimented by suitably period wheels. We don’t know what will happen to them after Goodwood, but you can be sure the Toyota faithful will be clamouring to snap them up. Although, as they are only wraps, it wouldn’t take much effort at all to copy the idea.
By Only Motors