Meet the brains behind the Toyota GT 86
A blast along Scottish highland roads with Tada-san and Sasaki-san in the slidey ‘86
Posted: 03 Jan 2013
First, an introduction is required. For those of you who've spent an inordinate amount of time over the past four years watching the global economy crumble faster than a set of rear tyres on an AMG Merc - to the detriment of everything else in the world - there is a new sports car on the market. But this is something different. It's called the Toyota GT 86. And the Subaru BRZ. They're the same car in all but name, and they're both really rather excellent. And here, two of its chief proponents are sitting before TG trying to figure out the route to a mythological water beast in a cold Scottish Loch.
They are Tetsuya Tada (R) and Yoshinori Sasaki (L); chief engineer and assistant chief engineer respectively, friends for over 20 years and soldiers of rear-drive fortune. They're also a little bit...merry, at the moment. Hence the hunt for Nessie. We wait until morning, when all is lucid and the roads (and heads) are clear, to have a blast in Tada and Sasaki's hottest project, taking in some breathtaking Scottish scenery and letting them talk freely about the '86; a car very close to both mens' hearts.