It’s time for Goodwood again!
Are you ready? It’s time for the annual motoring summer festival in the UK with Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year, we are bringing along a whole host of our iconic past, present and (possibly?) future road, race and rally cars to the event. If you’re coming along this year, be sure to stop by our new Toyota stand and check out what we have on offer there. Don’t worry if you can’t make it though, we will bring you all the action right here and on our Twitter feeds (list of our accounts at the end of this post). Read on after the break for all the juicy details.
First up on our long list of cars on show is the Toyota TS030 HYBRID, straight off the back of Toyota Racing’s impressive debut at Le Mans two weeks ago. Taking our new hybrid endurance racer up the famous Goodwood hillclimb will be Stéphane Sarrazin who raced the #8 Toyota TS030 HYBRID at 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans. Goodwood will also mark the first appearance of the super capacitor-based racer in the UK. In case you missed our Le Mans return, catch up here.
But, Le Mans isn’t the only endurance racing we are taking part in. In you recall, in May, our GAZOO Racing team picked up a double class win at the 24 Hours Nürburgring race with the GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA and Toyota GT86. You can see both our heroes at Goodwood this year.
Something really interesting we announced right here yesterday is the GRMN Sports FR Concept also making its way to Goodwood. This twincharged concept (featuring both a turbo- and supercharger) based on the Toyota GT86 road car has a targeted power output of 320 PS and a torque output of 421 Nm.
Designed for the track, with heritage from the track, the concept car comes clothed in a beautiful sports body kit. Its suspensions are tuned by GRMN (which means GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring – I think you can guess where the car got its heritage from) and has larger brakes. The interior is also race-trimmed with bucket seats, 4-point race harnesses and a roll cage. Check out all the specs here.
If you like little pocket rockets, we’ve got that covered with the GRMN supercharged Toyota iQ. This little 130 hp beast will also take on the Goodwood hillclimb challenge.
But… Can you spot the GT86 theme? That’s because Goodwood this year also coincides with the launch of our newest rear-wheel drive sport coupe in the UK. Toyota GB will also be sending the special TRD (Toyota Racing Development) edition of the car up the hillclimb course. The TRD car carries a full complement of styling and performance accessories.
Capping off Toyota’s official hillclimb line-up is the 2012-spec of the British Touring Car Championship Dynojet Racing Toyota Avensis. It’s driver? Frank Wrathall, returning to Goodwood with the BTCC Rookie of the Year under his belt in this, his second season in BTCC. Quite fittingly, the festival this year is themed: “Young Guns – Born to Win”.
The final car we’ve got lined up for the hillclimb is the road going Lexus LFA. I was in the Nürburgring package last year and it was an absolute blast going up the hill with my journalist driver.
That’s not all though. We also have some really awesome machines at the Forest Rally Stage this year. We’ve brought along all our world championship Toyota Celica models, including the extraordinary Group B TA64 “King of Africa” racer which won all the Safari and Ivory Coast rallies between 1984 and 1986! It’ll be joined at the rally stage by Celica ST185 and ST 205 GT-Four cars, together with the last works Toyota WRC Corolla by Midgley Motorsports – the super rare TE27 Corolla Levin from the 70s.
Toyota’s success in international rally raid competition is represented at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England this week by the South African-designed and built V8-powered Hilux double-cab that competed in this year’s Dakar Rally in South America.
The three Toyota cars that took part in the world’s longest and toughest motor race finished a remarkable third, fifth and 10th at their first attempt in the hands of South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Argentine Lucio Alvarez and Duncan Vos respectively.
De Villiers, a former Dakar winner, will demonstrate the Hilux V8’s off-road capabilities on the renowned forest rally stage at Goodwood. As far as could be established it is also the first time that a fully South African developed and built current racing vehicle will be displayed at the event.
So much to look forward to! If you’re coming along, do drop by the Toyota stand where you can get up close and personal with Toyota’s past and present motoring and motorsport icons!
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