Conti to support, supply Toyota GR86 one-make racing series
PLANO, Texas — Toyota Gazoo Racing North America (TGRNA) has tapped Continental Tire North America to supply racing tires for its new single-brand GR Cup racing series, which is slated to debut in 2023.
The GR Cup will feature identical race-tuned versions of the Toyota GR86, the two-door, two-seat, rear-drive sports car that Toyota Motor Corp. co-developed with Subaru.
For the GT Cup, TGRNA takes the production GR86 and transforms it into a race-ready sports car at Toyota Racing Development’s state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina.
The transformation includes the installation of Bosch engine management, Borla exhaust, SADEV 6-speed sequential transmission, Alcon brakes, JRI adjustable shock absorbers, OMP safety equipment, roll cage crash bars, carbon fiber rear spoiler, 22-gallon fuel cell, TGRNA-designed MacPherson strut, Stratasys custom body, TGRNA-designed splitter and more.
The GR Cup, sanctioned by SRO America, will hold 14 races in 2023 over seven race weekends at well-known tracks across the United States, from March 30 to April 2 at Sonoma Raceway in California. The season wraps up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 6-8.
Continental, listed as a founding partner of the series, will supply the racing tires, which are manufactured at its subsidiary Hoosier Race Tire in Lakeville, Ind.
The GR Cup will offer “affordable” competition with $1 million in prize money and prizes to be won. The season champion will win $50,000.
TGRNA has posted a video of the car tested.
Conti announced the partnership to its dealers at the company’s show Gold Program incentive trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.