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
Naturally this story pans out with a fairy-tale ending. But as with any major Hollywood blockbuster, our plucky protagonists were fraught with danger and met hurdles seemingly impossible to surmount. "When I first proposed my idea to Toyota [about a lightweight rear-drive sports car], they kept asking, ‘how does it measure up to the competition - is it faster, is it more powerful, what can we use to sell it?' Of course, I said ‘nothing', and they...well, they were shocked."
Shielding off a constant barrage of requests to make the 86 superlative in several areas, Tada-san decided to let his project do the talking. "The development of this car stalled for six months because nobody would believe my vision. Then we built a prototype - a car that could showcase what I wanted. As soon as they drove it, they were sold."