Toyota’s 86 sports car is now available for racing after Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) launched the TMG GT86 CS-V3 for privateers. Following a successful development period, during which it won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the CS-V3 has been refined and packaged as an entry-level race car for easy maintenance and low running costs.

The RWD 200 hp race car has been developed specifically for the V3 class of the Nürburgring-based VLN series, and homologation from the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund allows entry into various production-based championships, where it will be “instantly competitive”, says TMG.

There’s no other mention of the powertrain, so it’s likely that the standard car’s 2.0 litre boxer four with 200 PS and 205 Nm has been carried over, along with the six-speed manual gearbox. TMG has stiffened the chassis and optimised weight distribution in addition to installing a racing exhaust system, suspension and brakes.

“We want to share the passion of motorsport with as many people as possible and this car is the result. The GT86 is a perfect car for production-based motorsport. It already looks fantastic and has superb handling, so with further performance and safety upgrades we have created a really exciting and competitive car which is extremely cost effective,” said TMG president Yoshiaki Kinoshita.

The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is priced at €38,500 (RM149,528) excluding tax or €45,815 (RM177,938) including German VAT. More serious privateers can look forward to a GT86 Cup car that’s currently under consideration by TMG.

The Toyota 86 was launched here in June. Read our test drive report here.