It wasn’t supposed to end like this. After months of saving, homework and hunting Josh’s garage was complete. An obnoxiously bright yellow Evolution 7 in showroom condition took centre stage and the universe was awesome. That was until some other clowns decided they liked and deserved the Evo more than Josh. His house was broken into, the keys were taken and the car was gone. The car was later found, written off and destroyed. So where to now?
The decision to find something completely different was made.
Feeling as though he could never fully replace the Evo, and not wanting to have to worry about a repeat episode, he decided to look for something a little less eye catching, but something still quite capable on the track and equally suitable as a daily driver.
With a few option within budget it was going to be a hard choice to make, but after a long hard chat with fellow motoring enthusiast and journalist Damion Smy who talked up his brand new Toyota 86 the choice was becoming clearer.
It was the car that had every motoring journo losing their shit over during test drives across the globe. It was time to take one for a test run. After 5 minutes of steering time the decision was made. Josh was sold on the 86. It didn’t take long before his new stock standard 86 would catch eyes again…
The only problem now is that there was an 8 month waiting list and he needed a car right NOW. Josh and mates moved heaven and earth to try and secure one from a dealership. It almost happened that way too, until a certain Toyota sponsored rally pro wanted one just as bad. You won that round Mr Bates!
Eventually the perfect machine popped up on carsales. A soon to be delivered 2013 Asphalt Grey Toyota 86 GTS. A phone call was made, a deposit paid and an epic mission to get from Western Sydney to Deniliquin began. A regional flight and a three hour drive was all it took to get there. Easy! And the 8 hour drive home was plenty of time to get acquainted with a new friend, and also to help run that new engine in 😉
A Cusco Carbon Front Strut Bar/brake locker locked the strut towers in place.
Finally the the rear of the car was firmed up some more with a Cusco Diff cradle brace and Cusco Rear sub frame brace’s to keep the ass in line.
WOW, That’s some Cusco…
Exhaust has been a in and out affair with a few different set ups, It’s currently sitting on a full Sydney Motorsport Engineering set up comprising of race headers and 2.5″ hi flow exhaust system.
The heavy weight pulleys were replaced with lighter alternatives made by RACESENG supplied by Kalen at Forged Performance.
A Mocal Oil Cooler sits behind the front bar, maximizing the efficiency of the the Motul 300V which flows through the heart.
Even though the initial reason for an 86 was to find something a little less attention seeking, Josh being Josh put an end to that with a massive list of cosmetic mods that really helps this 86 stand out, even when parked in amongst 50 other 86’s and BRZ’s.
Cosmetic, sorry, RACE CAR mods include include Password JDM Front Canards, TRD Front fender winglets in Wet Carbon, Cusco Front and Rear tow hooks, Varis Carbon bootlid, APR GT200 Carbon GT wing, HTA Side Skirts & Rear bumper spats and a Beatsonic Shark fin antenna.
The interior is still pretty stock. There’s not much to change here, it’s function and being a new car still in good condition. Apart from a head unit and a Stugg bracket for a tablet running Torque it remains unchanged. The Torque app runs through the car’s OBDII connector and provides a vast array of vital info. including oil pressure, temps as well as AFR’s. It eliminates the need for unsightly gauges that don’t fit the motif of the stock interior.
This little thing has seen the track a few times in the year and bit of ownership.Current PB’s:
Sydney Motorsport Park : 1:56.9 and Wakfield : 1:12.9.
Josh would like to thank the following:
- A MASSIVE thank you to my partner Natalie for understanding why I wanted/needed this car and then allowing me to spend the “little” amount of money(more than I promised)on getting it right.
- Damion Smy for setting me on this course with the 86
- Deniliqin Toyota for hooking me up with the car so quick
- Michael and Dom @ Garage 88 for all the speedy part deliveries, late night installs and “Are my wheels here yet?”
- Josh @ 86Drift for all the tuning and help with previous exhaust fitting and testing
- Mick @ SME for the full exhaust system (Promise this is the last one)
- John Boston for all the track pointers and tyres!!!
- All my friends and family
- NSW 86/BRZ Car Club
SSR GTV01 – 18×8.5 with GoodYear Acymetric 2’s (daily)
Raiden Type E 18×8.5 Hancook Z221 Semi slicks (track)
Password JDM Front Cannards
TRD Front fender winglets (Carbon)
Cusco Front and Rear tow hooks
Varis Carbon bootlid
APR GT200 Carbon wing
HTA Side Skirts & Rear bumper spats
Crazy stack damage red zip ties front bar
Beatsonic Shark fin
Stugg Racing Dash tablet mount
Cusco Carbon Front Strut Bar with brake stopper
Cusco Zero 3 coilovers
Cusco lower control arms
Cusco rear tow arms
Cusco sway bars 20mm front / 16mm rear
Cusco Diff cradle brace
Cusco Rear subframe brace
Perrin 3″ Cold Air Intake
SME Race Headers
SME 2.5″ Overpipe
SME 2.5″ Hiflo catted mid pipe
SME 2.5″ Cat back
raceseng lightweight pully kit
Mocal oil cooler kit
Dixcel Z type pads front
Dixcel M type pads rear