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55 passionate years of Toyota in motorsports

Posted by: on July 12th, 2012 1 Comment

WRC Toyota Corolla

This year, we’re celebrating more than half a century of Toyota in the world of motorsports – 55 years to be exact. For this momentous milestone, we’ve put together a compilation clip featuring some of our most iconic race cars. Toyota’s heritage in motorsports spans across the globe from the world of off-road rallying to the most prestigious forms of circuit racing. Have a look at the video after the break and let us know what you think in the comment box!

Wind tunnel at TMG

It’s a really nice look back at Toyota’s motorsports heritage with rallying, Formula 1 and endurance racing in particular all coming from Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), our motorsports base in Cologne, Germany. Since 2009, TMG has transformed itself into a unique and successful high-performance development and testing facility. With a wealth of experience from multiple forms of motorsports and unparalleled facilities (including two cutting-edge wind tunnels), TMG has become a favourite for top racing teams looking to develop their cars, as well as non-motorsport companies looking for high performance.

Later this year, we’ll bring you an exclusive look inside our European motorsport base, including a look at some of the exciting new motorsport projects coming out of TMG such as the Toyota GT86 Race Edition and Toyota Yaris R1A rally car.

Plenty of action on track

Our motorsport history clip shares the emotions of seeing Toyota’s World Championship-winning rally cars in action along with TMG’s latest works project, the hybrid-powered Toyota Racing World Endurance Championship team, not to mention the thrills of IMSA and Champ Car racing in the United States.

But before that… If you remember we followed REBELLION Racing through their successful campaign at the 79th 24 Hours of Le Mans last year. The team’s #12 car, driven by Nicolas Prost, Neel Jani and Jeroen Bleekemolen, finished the epic endurance race 6th overall and top of the petrol cars.

Something interesting you may have missed is that through REBELLION Racing, Toyota already made an appearance at the La Sarthe Circuit last year. That’s because the team’s Lola-Toyota LMP1 cars are powered by the 3.4-litre V8 powerplant supplied by TMG.

Lola-Toyota LMP1 in action

The engine supply partnership from TMG continued this year and at the 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans a few weeks ago, the Lola-Toyota REBELLION Racing #12 finished 4th overall and once again topping the petrol cars with the #13 car coming in 11th overall. The team also won the 1st and 3rd place trophies in the LMP1 Privateer category, cementing their lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship standings for that class.

REBELLION Racing put together a wonderful video from their second campaign at Le Mans. Just sit back, relax, and turn the volume up. I’m sure you’ll definitely enjoy it!

Update (27/07/12): Here’s an awesome video of Anthony Davidson at Le Mans this year. Great footage and voice-over by our driver himself.

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One Comment

  1. Wow, 55 years of racing! Innovation has always been a humungous part of Toyota’s racing history and philosophy and looking back down memory lane Toyota has had a lot of memorable moments.