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Marangoni – the Italian tire manufacturer – used the most recent Geneva Motor Show to reveal a special version of Toyota’s nimble sports coupe. The GT86-R Eco Explorer comes with a series of modifications amongst which there is a set of high-performance Marangoni M-Power EvoRed tires.

The entire body kit is something of a feature as well, having been made by TRC Italia bringing to the GT86 a new hood, new bumpers, carbon fiber side skirts and a rear diffuser. The exterior look is finished off by a gloss-black roof and black 19-inch wheels, which do look rather well when coupled with the red rubber wrapped around them.

The inside of the car hasn’t been overlooked, featuring an Alcantara headliner, special Sparco sports seats, some carbon fiber accents and a very unique gear knob.

Now you might be wondering why exactly this model is called ‘Eco Explorer’ since we’ve only talked about features and changed that basically describe a tricked out Toyota. The ‘Eco’ comes in when we tell you that the car is actually fitted with a Bigas International NH3 system, which means that the engine can run on ammonia – that’s right, ammonia – which is stored in a separate tank.

According to Marangoni, considering that a litre of ammonia costs just 20 cents and the 30-liter tank means a range of 180km.

When the engine works at 2,800 rpm it can be fuelled exclusively on ammonia alone, and then switches to direct injection and petrol when the engine needs to give out more power. So this means that while in an urban setting it can function exclusively on the ammonia because of its high energy output.

The boxer engine has itself been reworked as well so that it delivers an extra 20hp for a total of 220hp.

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