Toyota GT86 drift challenge draws enthusiasts at Goodwood


The best way to exploit the beautifully balanced chassis and scalpel-sharp steering of the rear-wheel drive Toyota GT86 is to drive it on track. Visitos to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed were able to do just that on a soaking wet figure-of-eight circuit. Here’s what some of them had to say about the car.


Name(s): Anita and Greg Byth

From: Brisbane, Australia

Toyota Blog: First time at Goodwood?


TB: Driven a GT86 before?

Yes, we own one!

TB: What do you think of the car?

Anita: “It’s the first Toyota we’ve had; it’s zippy, nippy and easy to drive – a real driver’s car. What’s also great for me and Greg is that you can fit a child’s seat in the back, which is especially handy when we have our four-year-old grandson in the car. It’s just such a nice car – the reliability is the icing on the cake, because it’s a Toyota it’ll never break down.

“I’m so pleased we came over to do the drift experience because otherwise we wouldn’t have got to see this circuit – and it’s absolutely beautiful.”

Greg: “We’ve had Audis; BMWs and a Porsche Boxster, but what marks the GT86 out is that nothing ever goes wrong!”


Name: Ollie Daughtrey

From: Bognor Regis

Drives: Renault Clio

TB: First time at Goodwood?

No – I’ve come every year for as long as I can remember!

TB: Driven a GT86 before?


TB: What do you think of the car?

“It looks great – it’s a cool car and makes a great noise. The GT86 is a proper driver’s car, which is appealing to me as I really like the group B rally cars of the late 1970s and 1980s – that period in rallying was all about the drivers.

I’m into motorsport and attended the six hours of Silverstone two years ago – it’s interesting how the racers in the World Endurance Championship have switched to hybrid now and are doing so well.”


Name(s): Charlotte Tiller and Dan Allard

From: Watford

Drives: Volvo 240 (Dan) and Mazda MX-5 (Charlotte)

TB: First time at Goodwood?


TB: Driven a GT86 before?


TB: What do you think of the car?

Dan: “It’s an awesome little car and I’m looking to buy one next year – it’s nice to drive a modern car that doesn’t feel too assisted; that’s what I like about it. The steering is perfectly weighted and feels really nice; there’s so much power low down you can easily kick the back out if you want to.

My favourite colour for the car is red and when I buy one I’ll be modifying it! I want to put a Rocket Bunny kit on it.”

Charlotte: “It’s so nice to drive and comfy too – the steering is absolutely perfect. I’d buy a white one but Dan prefers red so we’ll have to buy two!”

If you didn’t manage to secure a place on the drift challenge at Goodwood, why not test drive a GT86 at your local Toyota centre. Leave us a comment below stating your interest and we’ll be in touch shortly. Further information about GT86 is available on the designated section of the Toyota UK website.


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