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
And it's here we get to the crux of the new GT 86 - and BRZ, of course. For Tada-san and Sasaki-san were insistent that this car not be about the numbers. "For the 86 we didn't set up any numerical targets like lap times or acceleration," Sasaki confirms. "We had one test driver, and after each set of tests, the only thing we'd ask was, ‘did you enjoy it'?
"Of course he said ‘yes' every time. The most important thing for me was - well, we say it like this: you must have a smile behind the wheel." And for Sasaki-san, that means having a steering that is first rate. Like a 944 Turbo; a car that impressed Sasaki during his time in Europe. So the decision to run an electric steering system was, by normal convention, an odd one. Not so, says Sasaki.