Last month, Toyota Motor Corporation announced the GAZOO Racing entry for this year’s 24 Hours Nürburgring Race. Our Japanese outfit will once again tackle the Green Hell with two race-prepared Toyota 86 (marketed as the Toyota GT86 in Europe) and one Lexus LFA. Click through the break to see the first pictures.
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.
The all-new GRMN Sports FR Concept is a twincharged 320 PS track performer with its roots in the recently launched road-going Toyota GT86 sports coupe. The concept, born as a design study for motorsports enthusiasts around the world, will be on display at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29 – July 1). In the mean time, here’s some more info and a full gallery from our recent photo shoot at Zolder Circuit in Belgium.
When the chequered fell at the Nürburgring on Sunday afternoon, both our GAZOO Racing and Toyota Swiss Racing teams erupted with joy, with mechanics and team members hanging over the pit wall to wave our drivers home. The GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA crossed the finish line 15th overall, having started from 32nd place on the grid. Perhaps more importantly, the LFA picked up a class win in the SP8 class. GAZOO Racing Toyota GT86 #166 also picked up a class win in the SP3 class, while #165 finished 3rd. Toyota Swiss Racing Team’s GT86 #200 surged back to claim victory in the V3 class despite losing #201 two hours into the race. More after the break.
It has been rather eventful since my last post. As daylight broke over the Nürburgring, I expected to post something about great sunny day for the remainder of the race. Well, the blue skies turned grey as soon as I looked back out. Then the spittle of rain started splattering across the track. It was unfortunate that GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA just came for a pit stop to put on new slicks and the rain came down as it left the pit lane. In the next hour or two, the LFA changed from slicks to wets to intermediates and back to slicks as the sun did finally come out and the track dried. Lap times fell across the board while the track remained wet. However, the weather here really is ever changing. It’s now pretty hot, and the P4/5 Competizione team’s pit wall says track temperature is around 45°C! More after the break.