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
His warm inflections and polite mannerisms belie the brains underneath. For Mr Toyoda, then VP of Toyota, was about to present Tada with the opportunity of a lifetime. "He said I should think about building a sports car, with no conditions attached. Unlimited. Whatever I wanted - big, small, anything." Suffice to say, Tada-san's insides just exploded and the inner petrolhead was allowed to run free.
He quickly assembled his inner circle, something Sasaki-san recalls to great effect. "I remember at the time, I was working as a chassis designer in charge of the Avensis and Corolla. I met Tada-san at Toyota's proving ground in Higashi-Fuji, and he walks up to me and says, ‘Oh, long time no see, what are you up to?' I said I was bored working on the Corolla. So he says, ‘I'm building a sports car... do you envy me?'"