In this case, the staggered tires are to compensate for the rear weight bias. Rear heavy cars are intrinsically unstable, and that needs to be compensated to make the car safe and drivable. There are other means of compensation: Tire pressures, alignment, sway bars all can contribute, but in my opinion, matching the tires to the load is the most natural, and the least likely to cause side effects. Bigger feet, bigger shoes. Some drivers like an unstable car, and some drivers are not put off by the rear end stepping out quickly. However, if spinning the car is not in your plans, I would recommend keeping the 2-3 cm stagger that Toyota fixed on. I had a mk1 for 30 years with the square tire setup, and the spyder is a vastly better handling car, particularly near the adhesion limit.... a staggered build is generally for performance vehicles. How does the Spyder qualify as a performance vehicle, or perhaps, why didn't the Toyota engineers come up with a square build for Spyder?