Last year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed marked the UK launch of the Toyota GT86. This year, the popular sports coupé is back having won countless awards around the world since its debut. Motorsport fans will also have a rare chance to see Toyota’s Le Mans heritage in action on the world-famous hill climb, not to mention an impressive gathering of rally cars from past and present. Read more after the break.
This year’s Toyota display will present a wealth of different versions of the GT86, designed and engineered for both road and racetrack.
The GT86 presentation on the Toyota stand will include the track-focused TMG GT86 CS-V3 and, breaking cover for the first time in the UK, the TRD Griffon. A star of this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the TRD Griffon is a race-prepared car with carbon fibre bodywork, a strengthened chassis and a wealth of TRD performance parts.
The FT-86 Open concept – a working design study for a GT86 convertible debuted at this year’s Geneva Motor Show – will also be on view in the UK for the first time, while Toyota’s rich sports car heritage will be represented by an original and rare 2000GT from the 1960s and a replica of the Team Toyota GB Corolla AE86 that claimed back-to-back British Touring Car Championships for Chris Hodgetts in the 1980s.
The GT86 will be in action on the hill course, too, including runs for the new GT86 TRD – a special version of the coupé with a package of genuine TRD styling and performance accessories.
The centrepiece of Toyota’s motorsport celebration will be a rare chance to all three of its works Le Mans sportscars together in one place. The trio of the TS010 and GT-One (TS020) from the 1990s and the current TS030 HYBRID will all be in action on Goodwood’s hill climb course, piloted by an equally impressive line-up of international star drivers.
Get in Festival of Speed mood with this really cool Toyota Le Mans heritage video from Toyota GB:
TOYOTA Racing team-mates Anthony Davidson and Alex Wurz will be reunited with the TS030 HYBRID, the car which claimed second and fourth places at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Likewise, Martin Brundle and Emmanuel Collard will be back at the wheel of the GT-One they raced at Le Mans in 1998 and 1999. Collard and Wurz will share driving duties in the TS010, which took on the 24-hour challenge in 1992 and 1993.
Relive our emotional challenge at Le Mans last month:
There will be an equally rich display of Toyota’s classic WRC cars taking to the festival’s rally stage, including a quartet of its finest Celica models. The Three versions of the GT4 (ST165, ST185 and ST205) will be joined by the mighty Group B TA64, driven by rallying legend Björn Waldegård. Also due to appear are the Corolla WRC – the last works-entered Toyota world championship rally car – and John Midgley’s classic Corolla AE86.
The rally stage will also host Giniel de Villiers in his awesome Team Imperial Toyota Hilux from South Africa, driven to an impressive second place overall in this year’s Dakar Rally, one of the world’s most gruelling motorsports events.
Rod Millen has proved one of the most popular personalities at Goodwood in the past. This year the veteran driver is returning with the TMG EV P002, fresh from its attempt to set a new electric vehicle record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Although wet weather frustrated the bid at the end of June, Goodwood crowds can look forward to one of the most storming drives of the day from Millen in the specially designed machine, powered by twin electric motors producing 400kW for a 142mph top speed.
Ride along on board with Rod Millen as he races to the clouds at Pikes Peak:
Lexus will be officially represented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the first time and it will use the occasion to mark the launch of the all-new IS. The new sports saloon, available for the first time with Lexus Hybrid Drive®, will be one of the newest cars to take the start on the hill climb.
The festival will also give supercar fans a rare glimpse of the LFA. One of just 500 examples that were built will be speeding up the course, making it one of the most exclusive contemporary road cars to be taking part in the spectacle.
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