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The Subaru BRZ 'Cup Car Basic' Is Here And (Almost) Ready To Race

This bare-bones BRZ and its Toyota GR86 counterpart are intended for competition in an upcoming race series

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Live in Japan? Want to take the new BRZ racing? Don’t worry about gouging out bits of your interior to accommodate a roll cage - Subaru has done the hard work for you. This is the BRZ ‘Cup Car Basic’. Along with a similarly sub-titled Toyota GR86 counterpart, it’s prepped to race in the newly established Toyota Gazoo Racing GR86/BRZ Cup.

Inside is a six-point cage to protect the driver should the worst happen. The driver’s seat has a six-point harness, and should you fancy taking someone for a spin pre-season, the passenger seat is still there, albeit with a normal three-point belt.

Subaru - The Subaru BRZ 'Cup Car Basic' Is Here And (Almost) Ready To Race - News

The seat and curtain airbags are gone, as is a lot of the sound insulation. To ensure the BRZ can withstand a series of fast laps on the bounce without anything getting too toasty, there’s a new oil cooler plus some new cooling fins on the rear differential.

Otherwise, it’s mechanically identical to the regular BRZ, featuring the new 2.4-litre flat-four engine. As a reminder, the naturally-aspirated unit is good for 223bhp at 7000rpm, with peak torque of 184lb ft felt from 3700.

Subaru - The Subaru BRZ 'Cup Car Basic' Is Here And (Almost) Ready To Race - News

There are still a few bits and pieces competitors will need to sort before going wheel to wheel. For instance, as good as those 16-inch steel rims look, they’ll need to be swapped for 17-inch alloys shod in the series’ Dunlop Direzza control tyres. Oh, and it’ll need some race numbers and a festooning of stickers.

Subaru - The Subaru BRZ 'Cup Car Basic' Is Here And (Almost) Ready To Race - News

The price for all this in Japan (no availability elsewhere, we’re afraid) is 3,338,500 yen, which works out at around £21,400. Production is capped at 30 units.

The race series is set to compete in will take place exclusively in Japan, with the five-round 2022 season kicking off at Fuji Speedway on 16 July.