Well, Toyota is offering to make that dream a reality with a fully kitted out, race ready GR86, priced at $89,990.
There’s just one catch, the offer is available only to prospective entrants in 2024 Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia (TGRA) 86 Series developed by Neal Bates Motorsport.
Unveiled late last year at the 2022 Bathurst TGRA 86 Series season closer, the new race car that will lineup on the grid from 2024, was previously offered only to current competitors in the popular grassroots race series.
But, from May 29, the new car will be available to anyone wanting to race in one of Australia’s premier Supercars support categories run on iconic circuits across the country including Bathurst, Townsville, and Sydney Motorsport Park.
Based on the GR86 road car, the new racecar has been developed and is being built by Neal Bates Motorsport and delivered to customers as a completely finished racecar, ready to compete in the 2024 five-round series.
The 2022 TGRA 86 Series Kaizen Award winner Jarrod Hughes (pictured) was the first current competitor to take delivery of his new GR86 racecar in April and said he was thrilled with the car.
“The Toyota 86 has been a fantastic car to race these past couple of years but the GR86 takes it to a whole new level,” he said.
“With more power and torque and much sharper handling, it’s so much quicker through the corners and the feel and feedback you get just inspires greater confidence to push on harder.
“Neal and the crew at NBM have done an awesome job in turning what was a significantly improved road car into a real track weapon and I can’t wait to line up on the grid for the first race in 2024.”
The new GR86 race car features a full roll cage, race seat and six-point harness, motorsport spec steering wheel, ECU and instruments, control wheels and tyres, and upgraded suspension, brakes, exhaust, oil cooler and clutch.
Maximum engine power and torque is around 10 per cent greater than the standard GR86 road car’s outputs of 174kW/250Nm, while the race car is approximately 70kg lighter than the GR86.
Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Vin Naidoo said over the past seven years, the TGRA 86 Series had been the perfect development series for aspiring professional drivers, with four 86 alumni competing in the top-tier Supercars Championship this year.
“As a one-make series with near identical racecars, TGRA 86 Series has been an excellent environment for drivers to learn and hone their skills and Toyota is proud to continue to support the series through to at least the end of 2026,” he said.
“Neal Bates and his team have worked hard to make the new GR86 an incredibly sharp, affordable racecar and with its introduction from 2024, we expect the competition and racing action to get even more exciting for drivers and fans alike.”
Drivers interested in buying a fully-built GR86 race car to compete in the 2024 season can contact TGRA 86 Series administrator: