The series commenced in 2016 and will initially run for three years. Up to three invited professional drivers will mentor and compete against a potential field of more than 35 drivers. Races will share billing in selected rounds with Supercars and have been sanctioned by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS). Like similar one–make series races, the Toyota 86 Racing Series will demand competitors adhere to a strict car setup, ensuring that driver talent, rather than team budget, is key to winning. 

The front engine, rear-wheel drive 86 is ideally suited to close racing due to its superb handling, with expected maximum speeds down Conrod Straight of about 230km per hour. The 86 race cars will be based on the GT and GTS manual with controlled key specifications to ensure suitability and reliability, while keeping costs as low as possible.


Want to join the action and compete in the T86RS for a share of the $125,000 prize pool? Contact us to find out more. 


For General Information and registration requests contact:

Phil Harrison
AirTime Autosport
Email phil@airtimeautosport.com

For Technical Information contact:

Darryl Bush
Neal Bates Motorsport
Email techT86RS@toyota.com.au


To maximise safety, performance, affordability and fair competition, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA) and Neal Bates Motorsport (NBM) have developed a control specification kit. Control Items include:

  • Engine
  • Baffled oil pan insert
  • Motec ECU with engine program
  • Exhaust – headers/extractors and muffler
  • Throttle stop
  • Suspension – T86RS front & rear shock absorbers and springs
  • Front anti roll bar links
  • Brakes – AP racing front rotors & DBA rear rotors
  • AP racing front & rear calipers
  • Tyres – Dunlop Direzza 225/40R18 DUNLOP DZ2 – 86 Spec
  • Wheels – OZ racing
  • TRD rear spoiler
  • Roll cage – T86RS NBM control specification


Entry Fee Per Event - $1,500 incl. GST 

Toyota 86 manual models produced before August 2016, can be acquired by competitors in the free market and entered to race using the Control Specifications. 

Taking into account pricing for the mandatory package and estimated costs for the other required components, if a competitor chooses a used 86 GT (manual) as their base vehicle, a race-ready car, complete with Dunlop Extreme performance Direzza ZII* rubber plus initial race entry fee, could be on the grid in 2017 for less than $70,000.


Toyota is offering a prize pool of $150,000 for the Toyota 86 Racing Series.
The prize pool is allocated for first through to eighth place, including cash and money can’t buy components. The series winner will receive $50,000 in cash, second place will attract $30,000 cash, third place will receive $15,000 and remaining prize pool for placing fourth through to eighth totalling $20,000.

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


4th Place


5th Place


6th Place


7th Place


8th Place


In addition to the cash prizes for first to eighth place, the ‘Kaizen award’ is given to a competitor who is judged to have improved the most throughout the season and will win an entry into a round of New Zealand’s Toyota Finance 86 Championship, including flights and accommodation as well as a session at The Mark Larkham Training Academy to the value of $35,000.


Toyota designed the 86 as the ideal sports car, an unadulterated driver's car. A rear-wheel drive, front-engine sports car that brings back raw driving pleasure and excitement. A car that's designed to let you do all the driving and simply begs to be driven. Toyota has a heritage of creating exciting sports cars beginning in 1965 with the Sports 800. The front-engine rear-wheel drive layout seen in many of our sports cars is considered the 'ideal' vehicle layout and success has endured both on the race-track and rally circuit, with the 2000GT and the AE86. The design of the new 86 builds on our sports car heritage. The new 86 is the latest in a long line of exciting sports cars from Toyota. A machine designed to raise the hairs on the back of any driver's neck, with the kind of raw driving performance and handling few sports cars deliver today. 86 builds on Toyota's heritage of rear-wheel drive, front-engine sports cars that began in 1965 with the Sports 800 and was followed by the 2000GT, and the ever popular AE86.


The Sports 800 was Toyota's first production sports car. The aim of the design was to offer 'a sports car for everybody'. The Sports 800 was an inexpensive easy-to-drive sports car; affectionately called 'Yota-Hachi'. It featured a 790cc horizontally-opposed boxer engine with dual carburetors, weighed only 580kg (Curb weight) and it was one of the first sports cars with a lift off roof panel or targa top. The combination of the horizontally-opposed engine with a low centre of gravity and the front engine rear-wheel drive layout meant the Sport 800 handled with precision.


The 2000GT is generally accepted as the first Japanese 'supercar'. It was powered by a 2.0L straight-6 with a double overhead camshaft that generated 112kW and could reach 220 km/h. Maybe that's why it was the first Japanese car fitted with all-round power assisted disc brakes. The 2000GT came third in the 1966 Japanese grand Prix, won the Fuji 24 hour race in 1967 and set several world records for speed and endurance. Its elegant, flowing form was distinctively prominent among car designs and it created a sensation overseas; so much so that the 2000GT appeared in the James Bond movie 'You Only Live Twice'.

AE 86

AE86 was introduced in 1983. It was powered by a fuel-injected, 4 cylinder twin-cam 1587cc 4A-GE engine, which delivered 96kW originally but was later down-rated to 88kW. The AE86 came with a 5 speed manual gearbox (automatic transmission was later added as an option) and was fitted with ventilated disc brakes. During production AE86 was popular in Group A and Group N racing and was particularly sought after for rallying and circuit racing. It still appears in rallies and club races to this day. Its low weight (923 - 1100kg Curb weight) and rear-wheel drive configuration meant it was exceptionally well balanced for drifting while cornering. Japanese racing legend, Keiichi Tsuchiya, otherwise known as the 'Dori-kin' (the 'drift king'), drove an AE86.

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