Toyota GT86 inspired by the Castrol Toyota Celica GT-Four WRC

The ST205 chassis Castrol Celica GT-Four WRC had perhaps the briefest campaign of all Toyota’s championship competitors. With major sponsorship backing from Castrol, this works GT-Four was built to continue the unprecedented rallying success of the previous ST185 model.

In that respect it was an incredibly high-tech machine that introduced improved aerodynamics, water injection, and clever anti-lag ECU programming to improve turbo performance.

It was an incredibly high-tech machine that introduced anti-lag ECU programming to improve turbo performance

Its competition debut in Group A specification was in the 1994 Rally Australia, where Juha Kankkunen set a blistering early pace just nine seconds behind the first-placed car despite some teething issues within the fuelling system.

Juha brought the ST205 to Europe later that year to compete in the Rally Sanremo; and though he failed to get a podium finish, set more fastest stage times than team-mate Didier Auriol in the outgoing ST185 or Carlos Sainz in the rival Subaru.

Castrol Celica 02

With all works ST185 models now retired, three Castrol-sponsored ST205 Celica GT-Fours spearheaded Toyota’s WRC campaign in 1995. The team competed in seven rallies that year, highlights of which were seven podium finishes, 13 fastest stage times by Juha Kankkunen in the Rally of Portugal alone, and an overall win for 1994 champion Didier Auriol in the Tour de Corse.

The 1996 and 1997 seasons saw no official participation by Toyota in the World Rally Championship. However some works ST205s were still loaned out to private teams competing in the same programme of events and enjoyed good success.

Toyota GT86 Specification:

Motor Mode vinyl graphics, 8.5×18″ (ET44) Rota Grid white finish alloy wheels with 235/35 R18 Pirelli tyres, V-Maxx -40mm lowering springs, Miltek Sport stainless steel exhaust system

Also see:

Yatabe Speed Trial Toyota 2000GT
Shelby Toyota 2000GT
Ove Andersson’s Toyota Celica 1600GT
IMSA GTU Toyota Celica
Esso Ultron Tiger Toyota Supra
Making of our fleet of retro-tastic Toyota GT86 race replicas

Build your own Castrol-livery Toyota GT86

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  1. With the number 36 on the car this Castrol livery is clearly inspired on the JGTC Castrol Supra and not the Castrol Celica WRC. Also the wheels on the GT86 are a the same as the Supras being Rays. If it was inspired by the Celica the car would have gotten some Speedline wheels

    1. Hello Vincent
      Thanks for your post.
      The Castrol livery was used by the Supra in Japanese Super GT as well as by the Celicas in WRC. However by giving the car number 36 this does lean towards the Supra. Could we say it took inspiration from both?

    1. Hello Xavi
      Thanks for your post and for your interest in the Toyota GT86.
      Best option here is to buy a white GT86 and we can help put you in touch with the company who can wrap the car for you. Glad you like the livery. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  2. Great, now put the turbo and supercharging kit on from mrt in Australia and then were talking. Any news on turbo factory models in the future? It just seems underpowered.

    1. Hello Kevin
      Thanks for your post and thanks for your interest in the GT86.
      No news on future models at the moment unfortunately, however do remember that an engaging drive is not all about power. The GT86 was built on the premise of driver fun so light weight and a low centre of gravity. Hope you have had the chance for a test drive?

  3. This livery looks great on the GT86 It is my favourite livery and car of all time on the celica rally!
    Are you going to sell the GT 86 in this livery? As it looks so right on the car and reflects the Motorsport heritage of Toyota in my opinion! I would love one of these in my garage anyway! I suffered a major stroke 6 years ago and had to surrender my driving licence! However, if/ when I get it back, I would love to drive with one of these! Now that gives me even more inspiration to recover!

    1. Hi Richard,
      Thank you for your post and interest in our GT86 livery. We are delighted by your interest and enthusiasm. Please keep an eye on our blog for all the latest news and features regarding our GT86 livery later this year. Many thanks.

  4. Hi,
    I noticed three of your retro livery cars were for sale recently but this wasn’t one of them. Will this car be up for sale any time soon? Interested in buying it if so. Can you tell me, is it a full wrap or a white car with decals?

    1. Hi there. Unfortunately, the Castrol GT86 is not for sale. The car has stickers, rather than a wrap. We hope this answers your questions! 🙂

  5. Good story. But why doesn’t the author tell the real story about the why the ST205 has such a short lived career? About the fact that TTE was caught for illegals rules fitment of a device to surpass the regulation restrictor. And that TTE was given a one year ban and driver’s stripped of their points. This is the truth which any WRC fan or those like me who were present when it happened. It’s now history and Toyota as a Japanese manufacturer is now back again in WRC proudly. I just hope that the official Toyota blog will give people the truth.

  6. I love the castrol livery but sorry I think this is a hash job and could of looked so much better had some time and effort gone in to it, As the owner of a sign company I can certainly say this could have been a really nice piece but to me it looks like that have just cut the original castrol graphics and stuck them on regardless of fitment. Maybe next time come and see us and we can design and fit something what actually fits the car.

    Sorry but I hate to see vinyl graphics done wrong, a little time and effort makes a huge difference.

    Just my 2 cents sorry if it offends

  7. Where can I get one of those special turbochargers from the WRC ST205? They sound absolutely fascinating.

  8. Absolutely love this, always remember the Celica GT in this livery, fantastic that its made the jump to the GT86. Great job! Is this livery available to purchase for the GT86? If so how much?

    1. Hi Michael,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re so glad you love the livery!
      This was produced as a one off, meaning that it is not available to buy.

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