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
"Electric steering isn't automatically a no-no for sports cars. Hydraulic setups have a long history behind them with many know-hows. But now we're developing electric systems and figuring out new know-hows. We just took our time, introduced new software and tuned it. I would say this vehicle is born to turn."
It's also born to slide at your tiniest input too, no? "Some people think this car oversteers too much," says Sasaki, half smiling, "but I don't think so. It has a very neutral balance, and if you do something more in a neutral car, you get three ways of turning the vehicle: brakes, acceleration and steering." We can testify to how good a job these chaps have done, especially considering the lofty aim they were shooting at. "Dynamically," says Tada-san, "we were aiming - always - for the Porsche Cayman." And still aiming, as their appearance in Scotland is, aside from a monster hunt, to test out some minor aero tweaks and shock absorbers, which will be ready at some point early next year. It's barely gone on sale, and already these two want more. (And by the by, this car was simply born for Scottish roads).