The Toyota GT86 is such a fine piece of work on the Japanese company's behalf that we awarded it a rare-as-hen’s-teeth five-star verdict in a recent road test.

But there are always and means of making anything in life that little bit better, and in order to go forwards you often have to take one step backwards. And sometimes that step can be quite large.

Don’t fret, though, because once you turn the light, or should that be see the corner, or maybe it’s a combination of the two, things do tend to get better in life quite quickly. And when the recreation process is complete you will be able to reap the rewards of more than just a few hard days work, and this is how the result of your toils might look.

Sincerest thanks to the brilliant Adrian Smith and all his colleagues at Fensport, who have helped create Autocar’s 'Project GT86'. The car will be competing for the first time at RAF Barkston Heath this weekend in the increasingly popular Toyota Sprint Series.

It has no more power than standard (yet) but weighs a mere 1100kg and has quite trick suspension and tyres. And, as you can see in the accompanying interior photograph, we’ve taken the 'less is more' theme to a rather gruesome conclusion inside.

This’ll be the first time I’ve competed in quite a few years so I’m feeling reasonably nervous, even sitting here writing this now.

Not even sure my ancient crash helmet will pass scrutineering to be honest but, whatever, in for a penny. If I fail it won’t be the car’s fault, that’s for sure.