Earlier this year, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division announced a U.S.-only single-make racing series called the Toyota GR Cup series, scheduled to begin on March 30, 2023, at Sonoma Raceway. The 2023 season is gonna have 14 races until October 8, with the season champion driver receiving a $50,000 prize. The series is apparently sanctioned by SRO America. As a follow-up to that story, Toyota showcased the GR86 Cup Car at the 2022 SEMA Show.
Obviously, all GR Cup cars will start their life as stock GR86 and then go to Toyota Gazoo Racing North America (TGRNA)’s brand new facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, to be promoted for the GR Cup competition. Upon arrival at the TGRNA facility, each GR86 will be fitted with Bosch engine management, custom Borla exhaust, SADEV 6-speed sequential transmission, Alcon brakes, adjustable JRI Shocks, OMP safety equipment, roll cage, carbon fiber rear wing, 22-gallon fuel cell, TGRNA designed MacPherson struts, Stratasys custom bodywork, a TGRNA designed splitter, and a few more things. Toyota didn’t share if there will be any bump in the engine output figures, but I guess will know in the not-too-distant future.
2023 GR Cup schedule
March 30 to April 2: Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, California)
May 5 to 7: Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas)
June 16 to 18: Virginia International Raceway (Alton, Virginia)
August 4 to 6: Nashville Music City Grand Prix (Nashville, Tennessee)
August 25 to 27: Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin)
September 22 to 24: Sebring International Raceway (Sebring, Florida)
October 6 to 8: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis, Indiana)