New Dome-Toyota 86 MC undergoes successful shakedown in Okayama

The newest iteration of Dome’s GT300 Mother Chassis Toyota 86 carried out a successful 15-lap shakedown at Okayama International Circuit, with Yuhki Nakayama, driver of the #18 Upgarage 86 MC for Team Upgarage with Bandoh, at the wheel.

This new 86 MC will be run by local wildcards Toyota Team Thailand in the upcoming round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.

The focus of the newest 86 MC is its aerodynamic refinements, with the body designed entirely through computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The changes at the front end are more subtle.

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Key refinement comes at the rear of the car, which has been reworked significantly, with the rear cowling extended further back, and bigger openings behind the rear wheels for cooling purposes. Compare to the present version:

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Comments about the car were very positive from both Nakayama, and from Dome’s development leader Takuya Nakamura.

In the hands of Toyota Team Thailand, and local drivers Nattavude Charoensukhawatana and Pitti Bhirombhakdi, the refinements of the 86 MC will be race-tested, and should be brought in for all the teams using the current version of the 86 MC by no later than the start of the 2017 season.

This car will debut on October 8-9 at Buriram.

Photo Credits: Ryuji Hirano/AUTOSPORTweb, GT Association

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