Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021 – GR86 makes starring debut

GR86 at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021

Thousands of spectators witnessed the dynamic world debut of the new Toyota GR86 coupe at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.

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The latest model to join the elite range of Toyota’s “GR” performance cars was seen in action in public for the first time on the famous hill climb course at Goodwood House in West Sussex. It took to the track in the company of its sister models, GR Yaris and the exclusive GR Supra Jarama Racetrack Edition, to give a flavour of the speed and handling quality delivered by direct development input from Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s international motorsports operation.

The Toyota GR86 will be a successor to the multi-award-winning GT86. Due to launch during 2022, it will build on the qualities that distinguished the GT86, retaining a classic front-engine/rear-wheel-drive set-up. It will benefit from a larger, more powerful 2.4-litre horizontally opposed “boxer” four-cylinder engine and, while its dimensions will be near identical, it will gain an almost 50 per cent increase in torsional rigidity, key to its sharper handling and steering

BTCC racing drivers on the hill

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK thrilled fans at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed with Rory Butcher, Sam Smelt and James Cole all tackling the Sussex venue’s famous hillclimb behind the wheel of the British-built Toyota Corolla GR Sport.

Goodwood cars

Butcher scored a top ten place in the festival’s popular timed shoot-out competition, while team-mate Smelt took to the hill alongside NASCAR stock car racers, rally heroes and drifters for a high-speed demo run. Former BTCC race-winner James Cole piloted the Speedworks Motorsport’s hybrid development car in its first public appearance ahead of its competitive debut in 2022.

Rally cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021

Celica RA40 Goodwood

Toyota was also represented on the Forest Rally Stage. Ben Mellors showcased his incredibly rare Celica RA40 replica (above) also seen at last year’s Speedweek event. Driver and car both appeared in the Birth of Stage Rallying class.

Celica ST185 Goodwood

Another Goodwood regular, Gary Le Coadou, returned behind the wheel of his Celica GT-Four ST185 (above) in the Giants of Modern Rallying category, with Paul Marsden in a similar car.

Images: James Lynch/Goodwood and Jayson Fong.


    1. Hi Colin,
      Thanks both for your comment and your interest in the new GR86.
      Unfortunately this information isn’t currently available, but you can sign up here for the latest news:
      We’d also recommend keeping an eye on our blog and socials for the latest.

  1. Can’t wait to see what the new GT86 can do it looks better has more power but still retains the great ingredients of a simple sports car. Gonna be great.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Xander!
      The new GR86 combines sleek sophisticated styling with expertly engineered handling for a pure driving experience.
      You can sign up for the latest news here:

  2. I really need to know when the UK showrooms will be taking orders for the GR86, and the likely delivery date to me. It’s just that I don’t have the luxury of time, and my choices are down to the GR86 or the xxx which is available now and tempting me each day! Thanks.

    1. Hi Roger,
      Thanks for contacting us, and we appreciate your interest in the new GR86!
      Unfortunately, we currently do not have this information available to share.
      We would recommend signing up for the latest information on the GR86 using the following link:
      Further to this, our blogs and socials will be kept regularly updated with new information.

  3. Hello, will there be a Hybrid version at some point (either Toyota or Lexus badged)?
    If so when can we get onto the waiting list?

    1. Hi Jag,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      We don’t have any information to share on a hybrid version currently.

  4. Looks amazing, I may well be back for one of these having really enjoyed GT 86 ownership previously. Best drivers car I have had….this doesn’t disappoint like the supra Z4 did after all the hype in my humble opinion.

    1. Hi Gary,
      Thanks for your kind words about the GT86. How long were you an owner for? And could we tempt you back with the GR86?
      You can sign up for the latest news regarding the GR86 here:

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