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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is delighted to confirm that the GT86 Cup competition will return for another exciting season in 2017.

The GT86 Cup, which TMG introduced in 2013, runs within the VLN series on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and provides private competitors with a cost-efficient way to compete in one of the biggest GT-based championships in Europe.

The 2016 campaign saw the mid-season introduction of TMG’s updated GT86 CS-Cup car, replacing the CS-V3 version. The new car is lighter, with more power and improved aerodynamics, helping to significantly improve lap times during the season.

With more power, more torque and reduced weight, the CS-Cup delivers better performance while modifications such as flat-foot gear shifting with auto-blip and adjusted sixth gear enhance the driving experience whilst still maintaining the CS-V3 car’s ease of use.

For 2017, TMG will further optimise the CS-Cup with minor changes based on feedback from Cup participants and test activities this year.

With this new car delivering a performance step whilst retaining its value-for-money reputation thanks to running costs of just €6.20 per kilometre*, TMG is confident that the Cup grid will expand next year with new participants in discussions to join.

As well as constantly improving the car, TMG also has exciting plans to enhance the Cup itself, delivering better value and an improved experience for competitors in 2017. Exact details will be finalised in the coming weeks, with a target to retain the low entry fee and generous prize money which has made it such a popular part of the VLN series.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “We are really pleased to continue with the Cup at least until the end of 2017 as this is a significant part of TMG’s customer motorsport strategy. I would like to say thank you to our existing teams who have shown great commitment and performance over the past seasons; it is a pleasure to work alongside this talented group. I am convinced the Cup provides the best cost/performance balance in the VLN series and when you see the smile on the face of drivers who experience the GT86 CS-Cup for the first time, it’s clear this car is great fun to drive. So we are looking forward to welcoming new teams to the Cup in 2017 when we expect another exciting season.”

* Price per kilometer estimate is indicative only and is based on 10 races in the GT86 Cup, including fees for insurance, race entry, Cup entry fee, mechanical costs and revisions. For more details please see www.RacingByTMG.com

 

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The new-for-2016 TS050 HYBRID has been recognised for its race-winning pace in 2016 at the Professional Motorsport World Awards, earning the trophy for Race Car of the Year.

The Awards, which are voted for by technical experts and journalists from within the motorsport industry, are held on annual basis to coincide with the PMW Expo in Cologne.

Representing TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, Project Leader John Litjens collected the award on behalf of the whole team responsible for developing the car at TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) in Cologne and Higashi-Fuji.

The TS050 HYBRID therefore joins a roll of honour, following on from the last two winners the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the Mercedes W05 Formula 1 car.

 

 

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-       Baumann / Kleen deliver in fine style

-       Toyota Swiss Racing wins TMG GT86 Cup

-       DTM aces shine at the wheel of a GT86

The tenth round of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring, VLN, at the same time the season finale of the popular amateur-racer series, once again was contested by three Lexus vehicles – but only two of them could be happy with their achievements.

The Lexus ISF CSS-R entered by Novel Racing contested the race in the SP8 category, with Helmut Baumann, Michael Tischner and Völker Klaus alternating in its cockpit. In the qualifying session, the trio set the fourth-fastest time in their category and was 70th-fastest in the overall ranking. In the race, the squad passed 16 rivals to finish 54th overall and fourth in the class. Also in the SP8 raced Horst Baumann and Uwe Kleen with a Lexus RC F. And they impressed particularly in the race. From their 67th position on the grid (third in the SP8) they gained massive 45 positions to finish 23rd overall and win the SP8 category.

Farnbacher Racing, however, hadn’t such a good weekend. Two weeks ago they won the ninth VLN round with the all new RC F GT Prototype but this weekend they used the prototype’s predecessor, the Lexus RC F GT3 and encountered problems. In the qualifying session they had to settle for finishing 15th (third in the SPX category) and then, they couldn’t contest the race due to a drive-train damage.

As usual, the TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-Cup is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs.

The season finale was won by Team Mathol Racing but at the same time, the partying was even louder in one of the other garages: The one of Toyota Swiss Racing. After all, Manual Amweg and Thomas Lampert who had delivered on a consistently high level throughout the season secured another fine second place to win the championship trophy with 176 points on their tally. Third place in the race and second in the championship was clinched by Ring Racing (Nils Jung and Florian Wolf) while ‘Brody’, Bruno Francesco Barbaro and Olivier Muytjens (116 points) secured third place in the championship despite an accident resulting in an early retirement.

Although having travelled to the season finale with a 17-point lead, Toyota Swiss Racing Team Principal Roland Baumann proved to be extremely relieved, after the race. “This race was anything but easy,” he said. “Due to the rain in the first half of the race, the conditions out there were extremely difficult. But both team and drivers did a perfect, flawless job. Now it’s time to party.”

Ring Racing Team Principal Uwe Kleen also was really happy with the performance of his squad. “The guys once again did a great job, today. Four hours of racing without making a single mistake – that’s a truly remarkable performance in these conditions.”

An even more so in consideration of the fact that the cup regulars had to battle it out with unusually popular and competitive rivals: Mathol Racing made available two of the flat-engine coupés, # 534 and #537, as driving-school cars to the DTM aces Lucas Auer, Felix Rosenqvist and Daniel Juncadella. The reason: A driver who wants to contest races at the Nordschleife with powerful cars such as the GT3 racers nowadays has to – inter alia – complete a certain number of Nordschleife laps in smaller cars. And that’s what Juncadella – who already contested his second VLN race – Auer and Rosenqvist did in perfect style: They won the race with one of the cars and finished fourth with the other despite gearbox problems. “You could expect the guys to be fast,” said Mathol Racing’s Alexander Fielenbach, “But that they would be that fast right away with a car they didn’t know was really impressive.”

 

With the fascinating and thrilling 2016 season being over, TMG thanks all the teams and drivers. After all, this exciting cup with top-class motor racing hadn’t been possible without them and their commitment. Therefore, we already are working flat out on planning our 2017 motor-sport programme and will announce the details as soon as everything has been determined.

Project STILLE successfully launched

13 international partners collaborate to give recommendations for interoperable inductive charging systems

International standardization in the field of inductive charging has been on the agenda for several years. It is the aim, to develop standards as framework, to enable technical interoperability of inductive charging systems. As a result, every electric vehicle, regardless of the manufacturer, could charge at every wireless charging system in the future. To concentrate the standardization efforts in the area of inductive charging and to provide targeted support of the development of an interoperable standard, 13 international partners and further associated partners from the automotive and supplier industry as well as from the field of science work jointly on the project STILLE – Standardization of inductive charging systems in different power classes. The project is part of the funding program “Elektro Power II”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Within STILLE existing proposals for standardization are going to be technical validated and evaluated concerning their interoperability to derive common recommendations. During the term from May 2016 to December 2018 the project results will be forwarded continuously to the national and international standardization bodies and thereby push the definition of the interoperability conditions of inductive charging systems decisively forward.

From the automobile manufacturers Audi AG, BMW AG, Daimler AG, Toyota Motorsport GmbH and Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA are involved. As suppliers Robert BOSCH GmbH, Continental, Qualcomm, TÜV SÜD AG and WiTricity are partners of STILLE. From a scientific point of view the RWTH University of Aachen with the institute ika, the Technical University Braunschweig with the institute IMAB and the Zeppelin University are taking part in the project. The coordinator of STILLE is P3 Automotive, an affiliate of the consulting company P3 Group from Aachen.


The aim of STILLE is, to compile recommendations for the definition of interoperable wireless charging systems to finalize the international standardization in 2017/18 and to enable the availability of interoperable wireless charging systems in the market from 2020 on. In total, there are eight work packages that address the power transfer as well as further interfaces that are relevant for interoperability: communication and positioning. These aspects will be examined in practical tests to develop a holistic recommendation. Furthermore, potential business models for inductive charging will be researched and the establishing of a European test and certification platform will be pursued.As a first step, power classes up to 7,7 kW will be considered. For the power transfer within this scope there is going to be a first recommendation by STILLE by the end of 2016. During the course of the project there will be further examinations in power levels up to 22 kW. By the structure of the STILLE consortium it is ensured, that the interests of the automobile manufacturers as well as the interests of the system suppliers are considered during the joined project work. Recommendations for international standardization can be put on a broad base, especially through the participation of principal European, Japanese and US companies. The participation of renowned universities with a technical focus, which enrich the consortium with additional independent expertise, ensures the consideration of associated issues from research and science.

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  • Team Farnbacher gives Lexus their very first VLN win
  • Toyota Swiss Racing extend their lead
  • Toyota GT86 CS-V3 secures overall win in RCN

What a race, what a success! In the ninth of the 10 VLN races of the 2016 season, Farnbacher Racing celebrated a truly historic success: with the RC F GT prototype used by the team for the first time, Team Farnbacher dominated the race and in the end, they did not only give Lexus their first overall win in a VLN race but also made for the very first win of a Japanese manufacturer in the Endurance Championship held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. And they did so although the qualifying was somewhat difficult and they had to settle for having qualified ninth overall (pole position in the SPX category). In the race, however, a flawless performance of the Farnbacher brothers – Mario and Dominik – as well as a good move in the tire gamble on the track that still was moist in the early stages of the race made sure that the entire field was outpaced by the RC F GT Prototype and its drivers. The Farnbacher-Lexus started into the race on wets but just one lap into the race, the team called the car in to switch to slicks as the track was drying quickly. From that point in time, the Farnbacher brothers proved to be virtually unstoppable, gained position by position and took the lead at race half-time. Afterwards, they soon opened a gap on the rest of the field to take the chequered flag with a lead of more than 30 seconds over their main rivals.

“What a fantastic success – that’s the reward for nearly two years of hard work,” beamed Team Principal Horst Farnbacher. It arguably comes as no surprise that Mario and Dominik Farnbacher also were delighted. “I nearly can’t believe what we achieved today,” said Mario and Dominik added: “The new prototype is far easier and more comfortable to drive. With its predecessor, driving really fast was a risky business but with the new vehicle, you can opt for a far more relaxed approach.”

The other two Lexus vehicles that contested the ninth VLN round also delivered in fine style. The Novel-Racing Lexus ISF CCS-R (Helmut Baumann, Michael Tischner, Völker Klaus) raced in the SP8 category, qualified fourth in the class (67th on the overall grid) and passed 25 opponents in the race to come third in the class and 42nd in the overall ranking. The RC F Horst Baumann, Theo Klee and Uwe Kleen (also SP8) did even better. Following a difficult qualifying the trio had to settle for fifth position in the class and 70th on the overall grid. But in the race, they made their Lexus virtually fly, passed amazing 41 competitors to finish 29th overall and win the SP8 category.

Also on the grid was a Toyota GT86 CS-Cup that had been lent to Milltek Sport & Liteblox (Milltek LTD) and was run by Isert Racing. The flat-engine coupe was raced by Dale Lomas, Lucien Gavris – and Tom Onslowe-Cole who made a name for himself in touring-car and GT3 racing and uses his VLN appearances for familiarising himself with the ‘Green Hell’ for next year’s 24h race.  

As usual, the TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-Cup is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs

After the somewhat one-sided eight round, fans and drivers once again they were provided the excitement they are used to witness in the TMG GT86 Cup. In changeable conditions that partly turned the race into a nail-biter, the drivers had to take themselves to their very limits but in the end, the championship leaders, Manuel Amweg und Thomas Lampert (Toyota Swiss Racing) celebrated another victory. Nils Jung and Florian Wolf (Ring Racing) finished second, followed by Achim Wawer and Eric Curran (Mathol Racing) in third position.

Amweg / Lampert took the lead early, switched from wets to slicks at the perfect point in time – as early as after one lap – to open a gap on the rest of the field afterwards. With two more laps to go, however, the rain was back and it was time for more nail-biting. “But at this point in time our lead was big enough and we were able to control the race until we crossed the finish line,” revealed Amweg who had been driving the final stint for his team.

Meanwhile, Nils Jung wasn’t too happy, after the race. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to match the pace of the leaders in the early stages,” he admitted. “”In the second half we were able to make up for a part of the lost ground but the gap to Amweg/Lampert was just too big.”

Nonetheless, the battle for the title is not yet over and so, the season finale promises to also be a real thriller.    

One week prior to the VLN round, the RCN (Rundstrecken Challenge Nürburgring) travelled to the Nordschleife for its season finale. And this finale also proved to be a major success for Toyota: With his seventh consecutive class win (V3), Alex Fielenbach – who was supported in round eight by Wolfgang Weber – secured the overall title, with his Toyota GT86 CS-V3. “I’m virtually over the moon! I have to admit that I was rather nervous, prior to the season finale. The conditions definitely weren’t easy but I succeeded in completing the race without making any mistakes,” said the new RCN champion. Congratulations!    

The VLN Endurance Championship season finale will held on 22nd October and the race distance amounts to the usual four hours.

 

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Farnbacher-Lexus catches fire in the lead  

Amweg / Lampert extend their lead   

Bad luck for their heir main rivals

 

In the eighth round of the 2016 VLN season, the Lexus spearhead delivered in competitive style but in the end, it had no luck: from its sixth position on the grid (pole in the SPX category), the Lexus RC-F GT of Dominik and Mario Farnbacher quickly worked its way up to third but from lap four, it dropped back again because of overheated tyres. Later, however, the Farnbacher Lexus even took the lead due to problems of its competitors. But on lap 14, the car was forced into early retirement, due to a fire during the pit stop.

Meanwhile, Novel Racing’s Lexus ISF CCS-R experienced a better weekend. Helmut Baumann, Horst Baumann and Völker Klaus secured fourth grid position in the SP8 and 63rd   overall, passed 19 competitors in the race to secure another class podium by finishing third in the SP8 and coming 44th in the overall ranking.      

As usual, the TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-Cup is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs.

Those who had expected to witness the extremely thrilling racing in the TMG GT86 CS-Cup they had been provided by the previous rounds unfortunately were disappointed. While pole-sitters Manuel Amweg und Thomas Lampert took the lead with their Toyota Swiss Racing flat-engine coupé right away and set consistently fast lap times, their two main rivals in the title chases had to cope with a dose of bad luck.

Nils Jung and Florian Wolf, for instance, had to come in early for an unscheduled pit stop due to electronic problems. The problem could be solved by the team’s mechanics but cost the pairing so much time that that their dream of winning the race was over. 

‚Brody’ and Bruno-Francesco Barbaro (Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith), the third-placed pairing in the championship, encountered an even worse fate: just half an hour into the race, Barbaro was involved in an accident and crashed head-on into the crash barriers. Afterwards, he succeeded in hobbling with the seriously damaged car back to the pits were the mechanics of the Belgian squad repaired the damage in a fantastic time – but in the end, the effort proved to have been in vain as the car later was forced into retirement by a consequential damage. And the sister car of their team-mates, Kurt Dujardyn and Jacques Derenne, was stopped by a technical problem with just 45 more minutes to go.

So, the Toyota Swiss Racing squad could win the race with the aforementioned consistent fast lap times without having to take any risks.       

“It was a tumultuous race with a lot of yellow-flag phases,” said Roland Baumann, the Toyota Swiss Racing Team Principal. “Therefore, I am particularly happy that our drivers weren’t involved in any incidents. In consideration of the course of the race we only had to keep our focus high, not lose our rhythm and make sure that we win the race. And our guys did so in great style.”  

In just two weeks time, on 8 October, the teams will be back at the ring for the ninth of the 10 VLN rounds, which will feature the usual 4-hour distance. 

TMG-supported athlete Andrea Eskau is once again a Paralympic champion following a brilliant performance in Rio de Janeiro in the cycling.

Having earned silver in the women’s time trial earlier in the week, Andrea went one better and won her fifth Paralympic gold medal, in the road race.

TMG has worked with Andrea since the London 2012 Games, supporting her summer and winter Paralympic campaigns with custom-made carbon fibre solutions for her bike and ski sledge.

The bike Andrea used successfully in Rio was optimised by TMG’s composites department, both for comfort and speed. It features a carbon fibre seat insert, which is lighter and more ergonomic than traditional solutions, to ensure Andrea remains in the ideal sitting position.

Additionally, a weight-saving programme has been carried out to reduce any unnecessary weight on the carbon fibre chassis and associated fixations, reducing the mass of Andrea’s bike by an impressive 600g.

That work has been carried out by TMG’s composites department, in any spare time available between preparing bodywork parts for the TS050 HYBRID, which participates in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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German athlete Andrea Eskau is going for Paralympic glory in Rio de Janeiro, supported by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG).

TMG has worked with Andrea since the London 2012 Games, supporting her summer and winter Paralympic campaigns with custom-made carbon fibre solutions for her bike and ski sledge.

In that time, Andrea has achieved remarkable success. She won two cycling gold medals in London before switching to the Sochi snow two years later to win the biathlon and 5km titles. Now Andrea is in Brazil to compete in the road cycling events.

The bike Andrea will use in Rio has been optimised by TMG’s composites department, both for comfort and speed. It features a carbon fibre seat insert, which is lighter and more ergonomic than traditional solutions, to ensure Andrea remains in the ideal sitting position.

Additionally, a weight-saving programme has been carried out to reduce any unnecessary weight on the carbon fibre chassis and associated fixations, reducing the mass of Andrea’s bike by an impressive 600g.

That work has been carried out by TMG’s composites department, in any spare time available between preparing bodywork parts for the TS050 HYBRID, which participates in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“It’s an absolute privilege and an honour to work with Andrea again. She is a really inspiring athlete,” said Gerard Winstanley, Manager Composite, Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing at TMG.

“When Andrea visits us at TMG it is really a highlight for everyone and I must say getting the chance to hold a Paralympic gold medal is something I will remember for the rest of my life. The sacrifice and effort which goes into that is truly incredible and we’re so proud to be a small part of Andrea’s team.”

The road cycling events begin on Wednesday and conclude on Saturday.

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  • Ups and downs for Lexus
  • For the first time this year, Ring Racing has to leave ‘The Ring’ empty-handed
  • Swiss Racing Team takes the cup lead

 

For two of the three Lexus vehicles involved, the seventh DTM round proved to be a race to forget. For Farnbacher Racing (Lexus RC-F GT3, racing in the SPX category), the Lexus spearhead in the season to date, the qualifying went not too bad and with the ninth-fastest time overall, they secured the class pole. In the 6h race, however, Dominik and Mario Farnbacher as well as Akira Ida had to cope with a very early end. On round three, the team was told to come in as its Lexus RC-F GT3 was too loud but the car had to stop due to a technical failure before it was able to complete the lap.

The Lexus RC-F raced by Uwe Kleen, Klaus Völker and Helmut Baumann in the SP8 had to cope with a similar fate. With the 46th time overall the team secured third position on the category grid and on lap 17, their race also came to an early end.

At the same time, Novel Racing enjoyed a very positive race weekend: with the fourth position on the class grid (60th qualifying time overall), Helmut Baumann, Masahige Itoh and Michael Tischner already delivered in fine style in the qualifying session – to up the ante in the race: they made it to the class podium by finishing third and gained a total of 20 positions to finish 40th in the overall ranking.    

As usual, the TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-Cup is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs.

If somebody had believed that the sixth round of the cup had been a kind of preliminary decision they were mistaken: In the qualifying for round seven, Florian Wolf – one of the drivers of the previous championship leaders Ring-Racing – went off and damaged the team’s TMG GT86 CS-Cup vehicle that seriously that it couldn’t be repaired in time for the race. So, Ring Racing, Wolf and his team-mate Nils Jung had to leave ‘The Ring’ empty-handed for the first time in 2016.

The previously second- and third-placed squads made use of this opportunity to pass the previous championship leader. Both the race win and the cup lead were secured by Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert, with Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith, represented by ‚Brody’, Bruno-Francesco Barbara and Olivier Muytjens, working their way up to second position in the cup ranking by finishing second in the race. Third position in the race was clinched by TMG GT86 Cup newcomers Lucien Gavris, Dale Lomas, Jean François Brunot and Tom Onslow-Cole for Team BTG.    

For a long time, the 6h race was extremely hard fought, with Amweg / Lampert and Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith stealing the lead one another again and again. The crowds hoped for another thriller finish but in the final hour, the Pitlane – Sankt Vith car had to pit for a new drive shaft and Amweg / Lampert won the way with a clear lead.

So, it comes as no surprise that Roland Baumann, the Team Principal of Amweg and Lampert said: “That wasn’t as easy as it looked, in the end. The battle for the lead was rather thrilling but this time we were the lucky ones.”    

Olivier Muytjens, Pitlane – Sankt Vith driver and Team Principal, also was happy: “All the drivers delivered in fine style and with a little luck we even possibly could have won the race. Compliments to my team for having changed the drive shaft in just 15minutes but in the end – this incident cost us our chance of keeping on pressurising our Swiss rivals.”  

The season will be continued in three weeks time, on 24th September, with the eight of the 10 Endurance Championship Nürburgring rounds.

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Farnbacher’s Lexus RC-F GT3 with increased competitiveness

Battle for the TMG GT86 Cup title closer and closer  

Upgraded GT86 CS-Cup also convinces in dry conditions

In brilliant sunshine, two of the three Lexus vehicles contesting the fifth VLN round delivered in fine to great style. Particularly Dominik and Mario Farnbacher who demonstrated that they are very successful when it comes to enhancing the Lexus RC-F GT3: pole position in the SPX category and fourth grid position overall, just 4.223 seconds behind the pole-sitter already was a fine result. In the race, the Farnbacher brothers even took the lead and battled it out with the Audis, BMWs and Porsches. In the end, however, they couldn’t quite match the pace of the front-runners over the distance, but winning the class and finishing fourth in the overall rankings also was an impressive result. Lorenz Frey and Stéphane Ortelli in the RC-F GT3 entered by Lexus Racing also can look back on a solid race weekend. Second grid position in the class behind the Farnbacher Lexus and 10th on the overall grid – and in the race, they finished a lap behind the winners.

Meanwhile, Uwe Kleen, Helmut Baumann and Horst Baumann with the Novel Racing Lexus ISF CSS-R hadn’t a lot to cheer about. In the qualifying they did rather well and secured third grid position in the SPA category (47th grid position overall) but in the race, #136 was forced into early retirement on lap 13.

As usual, TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs.

And the racing in the cup was as close, thrilling and spectacular as usual. Numerous position changes at the very front of the field and exciting overtaking manoeuvres made for enthralling motor racing entertaining the crowds to the max. In the end, the Toyota Swiss Racing Team pairing, Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert, celebrated their second cup win in the 2016 season. “We wanted this win at all costs,” beamed Team Principal Roland Baumann. “Nonetheless, this race was a true nail biter for me as the balance of power on the TMG GT86 Cup grid is extremely well balanced, this year.”

Meanwhile, the championship leaders, Ring-Racing (Nils Jung / Florian Wolf) were slightly frustrated. On the first seven laps they and Swiss Racing entertained the crowds with a thrilling battle for the lead – “But on lap seven we had bad luck with a yellow flag phase that wasn’t helpful for us and we dropped slightly back, thus losing contact to the Swiss Raving car,” revealed Florian Wolf. To make things even worse, Jung / Wolf suffered a puncture on lap 17, thus losing more time – and their chance of finishing runner up. Nonetheless, they came third behind Olivier Muytjens, Bruno Barbaro and ‘Brody’ (Pit Lane – AMC St. Vith). A perfect result for the championship as the gaps between the three leading teams who finished in this order are even smaller, now.    

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Kundenmotorsport, also came to a positive conclusion: “I am particularly delighted about the fact that we could see that the upgrade for the GT86 CS-Cup does not only work in the wet as witnessed in round four but also does so perfectly in dry conditions.”

Now, VLN and the GT86 CS-Cup are entering a four week summer break before kicking off the second half of the season with round six on 20th August.

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  • How to build a CS-CUP car
  • Using benefits of TMG’s top-level motorsport experience
  • 120 working hours to assemble one TMG GT86 Cup car

Works motorsport, research and development, customer motorsport – these are the pillars of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG). And the GT86 CS-Cup car fits perfectly.

TMG is a subsidiary of TOYOTA Motor Corporation and is based in Toyota Allee in Cologne, with around 250 employees delivering high performance on a variety of projects.

Motorsport is a major part of TMG’s role and here the task is to deliver race and championship-winning technology, as it did for example in 2014 when Toyota won both titles in the World Endurance Championship. All recent Toyota LMP1 cars, including the TS050 HYBRID which came so close to winning Le Mans last month, have been designed and built in Cologne, with powertrains delivered from Higashi-Fuji in Japan.

Behind the scenes of the 30,000m² technical centre we find state-of-the-art technology, in use to develop innovative race cars and ever-better road cars. The engine, transmission and chassis test benches leave nothing to be desired. In TMG’s autoclaves, carbon fibre parts are “baked” and small parts produced through additive manufacturing. Here we find a synergy between TMG’s various motorsport projects; winglets for the TS050 HYBRID are built alongside parts for the GT86 CS-Cup.

While Formula 1 teams test their latest racers in TMG’s two wind tunnels, the GT86 Cup racer is built under the same roof. “The basis is a version of the sport coupé, with less comfort elements, in a specification rarely seen in Europe,” says Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport. “This makes for less input when dismantling and reconstructing it. After all, this basis has no extras like navigation systems or air conditioning. It is thus lighter and more suitable.”

The car is completely dismantled, with the chassis still just about rolling. After the chassis is prepared, all open parts and wires are sealed for protection. Then the safety cell, designed by TMG, is installed by an external provider and the chassis painted ’pearl white’. Prior to assembly as a CS-Cup, the chassis is subjected to a rigorous quality inspection. Assembling a CS-Cup car then takes two mechanics about 80 hours of combined work. In total it means a work input for dismantling and assembling of 120 hours.

Prior to delivery, the finished racer goes through some final tests and adjustments, with data gained during the development period by running a Nürburgring Nordschleife simulation on the seven-post rig, within TMG’s extensive chassis R&D area.. Nico adds: “TMG therefore guarantees that the same specs have been met in the same way in all our cars.“

The car is then rolled out and ready for delivery. “But we continue to verify our cars’ performance at regular intervals. After all, all cars are supposed to start a race on an equal footing,“ Nico assures us. TMG puts much emphasis on the fact that many of the additional racing parts used to convert a GT86 street car to a CS-Cup racer are produced at TMG. “We develop and produce them ourselves, not only to utilise our capacity but also to be able to meet our own quality standards,” Nico says.

State-of-the-art technology aside, TMG’s motivated and qualified staff are its real trump card. “One ingredient of our recipe for success is what we call multi-project management,” Nico explains. “While for each project, be it our works or customer project, there is a small core of designated staff but our engineers and mechanics are used flexibly. This helps for a permanent transfer of knowledge that benefits all projects. And it makes us dynamic and our development work much more efficient,” Nico adds.

That knowledge means that every GT86 CS-Cup in action at the Nürburgring benefits from technology, processes and experience gained through TMG’s World Rally Championship, Formula 1 and WEC history. And when the car benefits, so do TMG’s customers.

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NOVEL-Lexus ISF CCS-R finishes second n the SP8

Farnbacher: category pole – but early retirement in the race

All-area upgrade for the GT86 CS-Cup a major success

 

In the fourth VLN round, held in torrential rain and temporarily in dense fog, the NOVEL-Lexus ISF CSS-R (#136) delivered in particularly impressive style. In the practice session, Klaus Völker, Horst Baumann and Michael Tischner secured third grid position in the SP8 category (62 grid position overall) and in the race, the three Germans even upped the ante by finishing second in the class and 51st in the overall rankings.
Meanwhile, things didn’t run that well for the Lexus RC-F GT3 of the Farnbacher brothers, Dominik and Mario. They dominated the practice session and secured the SPX-category pole with a massive 11.13 second lead over the second-placed SPX vehicle (39.143 seconds behind the overall pole). Their race, however, came to an early and sudden end when they were stopped by technical failure on lap four. “Due to a technical problem we couldn’t finish the race,” Dominik Farnbacher said later. “But at the end of the day, enhancing the RCF GT3 and putting new components to the acid test is the task of Emil Frey Racing and Farnbacher Racing.”

As usual, TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs.

In the run-up to the fourth round of the season, however, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH developed an upgrade for the GT 86 CS-V3, turning the car in the so-called CS-Cup and proving to be a massive gain for all those involved: new air box, new aero kit, more torque, more power (214bhp) improved clutch, a new gearbox adjustment, better brakes and the weight reduced by 80kg. “The aero kit proved to be a true gain,” said Florian Wolf, who won the race held in adverse condition together with Nils Jung for Ring Racing, thus extending the championship lead. “The V3 already delivered in great style but the upgrade kit has taken us to another level.” His team-mate, Nils Jung, also was wowed: “You can feel the additional downforce particularly in the fast corners, we now often are racing in a higher gear.”

An assessment that also was shared by Thomas Lampert who took the flat-engine coupé entered by Swiss Racing together with Manuel Amweg to second place. “In several sections of the track it felt as if you were driving a completely different car. The CS-Cup is a major step forward,” he said.

Third place was secured by Brody, Bruno Barbaro and Olivier Muytjens for Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith and the feedbackt of Team Principal and driver Muytjens also was extremely positive: “Improved torque, improved gearbox, improved brakes, clearly higher cornering speed – driving this car just is huge fun.”  

Nico Ehlert, ‘Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport’ was delighted about all these positive reactions. “We invested a lot of development work into the new upgrade package, here at TMG. Therefore I’m really happy about all the positive feedback. And I think that teams and drivers will need some time to accustom to the upgraded car and will be able to squeeze the maximum out of it.”

On 16th July teams and drivers will have the next opportunity to do so: in the fifth round of the VLN season held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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Torrential rain and hail surprise even the old hands

Six podiums for Toyota and Lexus

Toyota and Lexus underline their proverbial reliability

 

What an incredible race! Even the old hands of the legendary event were surprised by the 44th edition of the Nürburgring 24h Race.

As if the 24 hours of racing on the 25.378-kilomtre combination of GP circuit and notorious Nordschleife with its 73 corners and bumps as well as up and downhill sections weren’t difficult enough. With cars that partly feature speed differences of 100kph and more and all are battling it out with their opponents for the best possible position in the respective class. All this turns the 24h Race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife into the maximum challenge for car and driver.  

But to meet this challenge, you have to be driving, first of all. And exactly that came to a sudden end with only 50 minutes contested onn Saturday at 16:20hrs. Within minutes, torrential rain and hail turned the track into a slide. Car after car skidded off the track – even at 20kph they couldn’t be controlled, on their slicks – and others tried in vain to drive up to the ‘Adenauer Forst’. “It’s absolutely impossible, the wheels are spinning helplessly,” they informed their teams via the team radio. So, the race had to be red-flagged and was continued only more than three hours later.

But even the weather chaos couldn’t prevent the numerous Toyota and Lexus teams in the field from delivering in fine style and securing a lot of very good results. All the cars that succeeded in crossing the line made in to the top 100 in the overall ranking, first of all the Lexus RC-F (#36) run by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing that secured a great 24th position in the overall ranking. In addition, it clinched the class win in the SP Pro – but was the only car contesting the race in that category. Second position in the Toyota-Lexus internal ranking was secured by the Ring Racing Lexus IS F CCS-R #53 that finished 64 in the overall ranking but just failed to secure a podium by finishing fourth in the SP8. The sister car also run by Ring Racing finished seventh in the SP8 and 72nd overall.

And now to the two-litre flat-engine coupés GT86 CS-V3 #126 entered by Pit Lane – AMC Sankt Vith that did not only finish 67th in the overall ranking but also celebrated a superior class win in the V3 category. The second 200hp GT86 CS-V3 of the team, #169, came second in the V3 and 79th in the overall ranking. “Both cars ran absolutely flawlessly,” beamed Team Principal and driver Olivier Muytjens. “We only had to come in for the scheduled pit stops.” Remarkable: Throughout the 24 hours, #169 was raced by only two drivers.

Also impressive was the performance of the two Toyotas Altis (#123 and #124) run by Toyota-Team Thailand. “This is our third Nürburgring 24h Race,” said the Team Principal during the course of the race. “In the first year, we just wanted to be a part of this race, in the second we wanted to improve – and this year we want to make it to the podium.” No sooner said than done. With the Altis #123, the squad finished second in the SP3 and 73rd in the overall ranking while the #124 came fourth in the class and 83rd overall.

The TOYOTA GAZOO Toyota C-HR Racing #326 also made it to the podium by finishing third in the SP2T and 84th overall.

Only two of the vehicles that represented the Toyota / Lexus colours didn’t make it to the finish line. An outstanding result in this gruelling race that once again demonstrated the proverbial reliability of the Japanese manufacturer’s cars.

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  • Farnbacher secures first VLN class win in 2016
  • TMG GT86 Cup super thrilling – three races, three winners
  • Ring Racing dominates third cup round

Having finished runner-up in the first two rounds of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN), that is hold at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Farnbacher-Racing Lexus RC-F GT3 (#55) now celebrated its first class win of the year in the third championship round.

Having qualified 18th (second in the class), Dominik and Mario Farnbacher delivered in great style in the race and at race half-time they even held ninth place in the overall rankings – while holding second position in the category behind the Alzen-Ford GT at the same time. And when the Alzen car struggled with a technical problem, the Farnbachers took the lead and defended it to take the chequered flag as race winners. “We are really delighted with having secured this class win,” Dominik Farnbacher said afterwards. “We now will keep on enhancing the RC-F in cooperation with our partner to hopefully make it even faster.”

In the class SP8, the Lexus ISF CCS-R #135 raced by Uwe Kleen, Helmut Baumann and Horst Baumann qualified sixth in the category (113th in the overall rankings) and finished fourth in the race (overall rankings 57th). Meanwhile, the Lexus RC-F run by TOYOTA GAZOO RACING, the only competitor in the SPPRO category, had to cope with a setback. With a fine performance, Hiroaki Ishiura and Takeshi Tsucchiya qualified 19th but in the race they were forced into early retirement.

As usual, TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs.

Third round – third winner. The TMG GT86 Cup just couldn’t be more thrilling. The win in the third round of the makes cup contested with Toyota’s 200bhp flat-engine coupés was secured by

Nils Jung and Florian Wolf in the CS-V3 (#530) of Team Ring Racing. Prior to the race, Wolf announced: “We finally want our first victory” and in the race, he and his team-mate walked the talk.  

At first, Wolf secured the pole with the fastest lap time of the weekend: 09:51.981 minutes. And in the race, the Ring Racing pairing also delivered in remarkable style. At the start they failed to make optimum use of their pole and dropped back to second but after two laps they were back in the lead and controlled the field to secure a never jeopardised win.

The Toyota Swiss Racing Team, winner in round two, had to settle for finishing second but consolidated its position at the front end of the championship rankings, with this result. Meanwhile, the Nordschleife rookies Henric Skoog and Graham Wilson made for a major surprise by securing third place for the Mathol squad. “Both of them passed their Nordschleife permit only yesterday,” beamed Mathol Team Principal Matthias Holle. “Therefore, the performance they delivered was particularly impressive.”

At the same time, the final acid test for the TMG GT 86 Cup car with the 2016 upgrade also proved to be a success. The flat-engine coupé started in the VLN category SP3 and impressed not only with consistently good lap times but also by completing the hour-hour race without encountering any problems to finish second in the eight-vehicle SP3 field. “We are particularly happy about this successful test,” said TMG Principal Engineer Customer Motor Racing, Nico Ehlert. “We achieved our goals in the reliability and pace areas.”

The fourth VLN round will be held on 25th June, 2016. But prior to this race, several GAZOO and cup cars will contest the tradition-rich Nürburgring 24h race on 28th / 29th May.

 

 

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is pleased to announce partnerships with two respected rally companies to deliver local sales and spare parts services for the GT86 CS-R3 rally car in some of Europe’s biggest markets.

Gassner Motorsport (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovenia) and RallyPrep (UK and Ireland) have been given exclusive licenses from TMG to act as official distributors for the CS-R3 and spare parts in their respective territories.

TMG will continue its own sales activities on a worldwide basis and hopes to announce similar distributor arrangements in other key markets in due course.

Sebastian Janssen, Senior Manager Business Development: “We believe it is important to have a local partner who has the right contacts and knows the specific conditions in their market. By providing a local distributor in these key territories, we ensure that CS-R3 customers receive the best support. We have built strong relationships with Gassner Motorsport and RallyPrep so we are looking forward to working together to share the excitement of rear-wheel-drive rallying with our CS-R3.”

CS-R3 cars are already competing across Europe and have quickly become fan favourites thanks to the spectacular rear-wheel-drive action. The car has been noticed by competitors as well, winning R3 and two-wheel-drive classes in several events.

The CS-R3 is unique within the FIA’s rally pyramid as the only rear-wheel-drive car to be homologated in the competitive R3 category, which makes it eligible to compete in local, national and international rallies.

Significant effort has gone into the two-litre, normally-aspirated boxer engine which is not a familiar configuration in R3. Using TMG’s engine development tools, changes to the engine internals and software have earned a maximum power of 232hp, and peak torque of 235Nm.

To deliver a true motorsport feel, the CS-R3 has a six-speed sequential transmission from gearbox specialists Drenth designed specifically for rear-wheel-drive cars, and limited slip rear differential.

A weight optimisation programme has enhanced the already-nimble handling of the GT86 while upgraded suspension, brakes and exhaust ensure peak performance on the stage. There is no compromise on safety, with safety items and protective roll cage supplied as standard.

For more information about TMG’s new partners, please visit their websites:

Gassner Motorsport: http://toyota.hermann-gassner.com/

RallyPrep: http://rallyprep.co.uk/

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  • Mixed feelings in VLN
  • Maximum excitement at the top of the TMG GT86 Cup
  • Swiss Racing Team wins round two

The Lexus-Teams on the grid of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring, VLN, that is contested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, had once again to cope with mixed feelings – just as it had been the case in the season opener. In the qualifying session, the Lexus RC-F GT3 (#54) raced Lorenz Frey / Stéphane Ortelli and registered for the SPX category unfortunately was involved in an accident and consequently, it couldn’t contest the race. Meanwhile, things could have come worse for the Farnbacher Racing Lexus RC-F GT3 (#55, Dominik Farnbacher / Hiroki Yoshimoto) that also raced in the SPX category. The squad qualified second in the category (16th overall) and in the race, the GT3 racer finished fourth in the category despite having been involved in an accident. While overtaking a slower car, the two vehicles had a close encounter and the Lexus had to come in for a longish repair stop. “Fortunately, the incident didn’t result in more serious damages but we had to replace a broken steering rod what cost us four laps,” said Dominik Farnbacher. The two Lexus ISF CCS-R racing in the SP8 category, however, had a better race. #135 (Uwe Kleen, Horst Baumann und Michael Tischner) finished third in the class and 45th overall, while #137 (Christoph Wuest / Klaus Völker) came fifth in the class and 62nd overall. At the same time, the Lexus RC-F #160 run by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing delivered in really fine style. Takeshi Tsuchiya, Takuto Iguchi und Kazuya Ishima, the only team racing in the SPPRO category, qualified 28th overall and in the race they did not only secure the logical class win but also the fine 17th position in the overall rankings. As usual, TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs. In the second TMG GT86 Cup round of the 2016 season, the drivers with their spectacular Coupés powered by 200bhp flat engines once again made for thrilling motor racing – and in the end, Toyota Team Swiss Racing represented by Manuel Amweg (CH) and Thomas Lampert crossed the line as race winners. But achieving this win was anything but easy. For the major part of the race, the battle for the lead was tough, with the car holding the lead changing four times. At the end of lap four, for instance, the leading AMC Sankt Vith TMG GT86 CS-V3 crossed the line with a lead of just 0.7 seconds over the second-placed Swiss Racing car. Only in the closing stages of the four-hour race, Swiss racing succeeded in opening a gap on the rest of the field and securing the win. Second place was secured by the young-gun pairing Nils Jung / Florian Wolf in the TMG GT86 CS-V3 run by Team Ring Racing, thus repeating the fine result they achieved in the season opener. Meanwhile, the winners of race one, Pit-Lane AMC Sankt Vith, came third and established themselves at the top of the championship standings – just as Ring Racing. “We opted for the proper tactics, today, and our drivers convinced with a consistently good performance,” said Swiss Racing Team Principal Roland Baumann. “But I have to admit that we also were somewhat lucky when we opted for continuing on slicks although rain began to fall at race half-time. Thank god it was just a short shower and the track dried quickly."

The next VLN round – the 58th ADAC ACAS H&E Cup – will be held in about two weeks.  

 

 

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Rising rally star Teemu Suninen will try his hand at circuit racing this weekend when he enters the second round of the VLN championship at the wheel of a new GT86 CS-Cup race car.

The Finnish driver, who is currently fifth in the WRC2 category after winning his class on Rally Mexico, is part of the TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) junior driver development programme and has been given the chance to experience the Nordschleife by the Cologne-based company.

Teemu, 22, will drive the CS-Cup prototype alongside Arne Hofmeister, winner of last season’s TMG GT86 Cup in a CS-V3 car.

Teemu Suninen: “I am really excited to be racing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It will be my first time racing on this track in real life, although I have done plenty of laps in video games! VLN is a great series, with so many cars on the grid, so it should be a really special experience. Thanks to TMG for arranging this and for trusting me with the new CS-Cup car. It certainly looks great so I can’t wait to see what it can do.”

TMG has developed the CS-Cup car based on its successful CS-V3 race car, which has won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the past four seasons. The CS-Cup is lighter and faster than its predecessor and moves up to the SP3 category.

The new car benefits from increased power, with the two-litre boxer engine now producing 212hp with 205Nm of torque, and a flat-foot shifting system which allows a driver to change gear without lifting off the throttle while a modified sixth gear will improve top speed.

Using developments from the GT86 CS-R3 rally car, around 75kg has been removed from the car thanks to items such as a lightweight motorsport battery and Lexan side windows. The car’s already-impressive handling has been enhanced with a new aerodynamic kit, including an imposing rear wing.

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    • Thrilling TMG GT86 Cup season opener
    • Pit Lane – AMC Sankt Vith celebrate their first win in fourth season

 

Teams, drivers and fans couldn’t have asked for a more thrilling start into the 2016 season of the TMG GT86 Cup that is held within the framework of the VLN championship at the Nürburgring.

For a long time, newcomers Ring Racing seemed to be on the way to winning their debut race in the Cup but on the final lap, things went haywire and Team Pit Lane – AMC Sankt Vith celebrated their maiden win the fourth Cup season. “I’m virtually over the moon,” beamed Team Principal and driver Olivier Muytjens who alternated behind the wheel with Bruno Barbaro und ‚Brody’.

Ring Racing who came second, had signed last year’s champion Arne Hoffmeister as guest driver to strengthen their regular line up, Nils Jung and Florian Wolf. Indeed, the squad secured the pole and dominated the race for quite a while, but with just 10 minutes to go, vibrations forced them to make an extra pit stop – and this cost them both the lead and the race win in their maiden Cup race.

The podium was completed by Team Leutheuser Racing & Events, making its TMG GT86 Cup comeback after a one-year break.

 

 

 

 

 

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Following a difficult defence of its World Championship titles in 2015, TOYOTA has set itself tough performance targets in order to compete once again at the front of a fiercely-competitive WEC field, featuring fellow LMP1-Hybrid manufacturers Porsche and Audi.

The TS050 HYBRID, TOYOTA’s third new car since joining WEC in 2012, was unveiled publicly for the first time at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France this morning.

It features a significant change in powertrain concept. A 2.4litre, twin-turbo, direct injection V6 petrol engine is combined with an 8MJ hybrid system, both of which are developed by Motor Sport Unit Development Division at Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre.

A new generation turbo engine with direct injection is better suited to the current regulations which limit fuel flow to the engine, and provides opportunity to continue technology and knowledge transfer from the track to road cars.

Like TOYOTA road cars, the front and rear motor-generators recover energy under braking, storing it in a high-powered lithium-ion battery and releasing it as boost for maximum efficiency. The change from super capacitor to battery storage allows the TS050 HYBRID to move up to the more-powerful 8MJ hybrid class.

The TS040 HYBRID was already used as a rolling test bench and contributed to current road cars. With turbo engines increasingly in use on the road, TOYOTA expects to use the technology and know-how from WEC to make ever-better road cars.

A new powertrain concept brings different cooling and packaging demands, including an updated transmission to handle the significant increase in torque delivered by the turbo engine. Combined with a new aerodynamic concept, that means virtually every part on the TS050 HYBRID chassis has been redesigned by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany.

Powertrain components have played their part too in the improved aerodynamic performance of the TS050 HYBRID; by relocating the front motor-generator unit, better under-floor air flow has been achieved which will contribute to overall performance. Suspension kinematics have also been revised to optimise tyre wear.

The team, which includes several new faces, has already been busy testing the TS050 HYBRID, striving for performance and reliability, covering over 22,000km with positive results. The next test comes at Paul Ricard on 25-26 March, while the nine-race WEC season kicks off at Silverstone on 17 April.

Toshio Sato, Team President: “This is a very exciting season for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, particularly because we have a completely new car with a new powertrain concept. This reflects the current trend in road cars and gives us more opportunities to transfer know-how and technology into TOYOTA’s road car developments. Our WEC activities are motivated by the development of technology and people; we are already seeing the results of our activities in current road cars. But as well as helping TOYOTA to make ever-better cars, we also want to win. Our clear target this year is to compete again at the front, after a very disappointing 2015 season. In Higashi-Fuji and Cologne, there has been a huge effort to prepare for this season; everyone is highly motivated and pushing together to get back onto the centre of the podium.”

Hisatake Murata, General Manager Motor Sport Unit Development Division: “The regulations for this season include a reduction in fuel flow and total fuel energy of approximately 7.5%. As motorsport engineers, we want to always increase the performance of the powertrain so it was important to compensate for this reduction with a more efficient, powerful powertrain. We believe a V6, direct injection, twin turbo engine achieves the best balance of power and efficiency considering the current regulations. Combined with our move into the 8MJ class, this will give us significantly improved torque compared to the previous powertrain; this was a key target for the new car. The new powertrain presents some challenges, particularly in terms of weight and cooling, but the team at Higashi-Fuji and Cologne has worked very hard to address these and I am confident we have met the challenge. We face tough opposition, as last year showed, but we are ready and I cannot wait for Silverstone.”

Pascal Vasselon, Technical Director: “Aside from some principles which have been retained to capitalise on previous years’ development, we have changed every single part. In many areas, like the powertrain and the aerodynamics, the concepts themselves have changed. The aerodynamic concept, and particularly the front face of the car, has changed drastically. We have spent thousands of hours refining this new concept and this time we have done more than incremental changes; we have significantly changed the way we handle the flow structure after the front downforce-generating devices. There has been a significant progress rate in WEC recently so we cannot afford to have any area of the package which is not fully optimised. The TS050 HYBRID has been developed on that basis. We want to be competitive. That is the minimum target we set ourselves - to be back in the game and competitive.”

Rob Leupen, Team Director: “The team has worked extremely hard on the TS050 HYBRID, which is the result of a close, productive cooperation. Our innovative motorsport technology, as well as the R&D opportunities in Cologne, is contributing to making ever-better cars and the development of road car engineers. At TMG we are delighted to welcome increasing numbers of colleagues from Japan to learn and utilise motorsport as a test bed for new technologies. We are continuously improving team work and this process is very positive; expertise is transferred between Cologne and Higashi-Fuji, and vice-versa, to help reach our targets in WEC. We have responded to a difficult 2015 by reinforcing our team with additional, younger faces throughout, including the driver line-up. The whole team has worked hard during the tests; we still have a long way to go but we expect to be competitive this year.”

In the #5 TS050 HYBRID, 2014 World Champions Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi are again joined by former Le Mans pole position winner Kazuki Nakajima to form a potent partnership.

Multiple Le Mans pole position winner Stéphane Sarrazin once again links up with fellow WEC race winner Mike Conway in the #6. They are joined by Formula 1 podium finisher Kamui Kobayashi, promoted from test and reserve driver.

While TOYOTA has no official test and reserve driver this year, young Japanese driver Ryo Hirakawa will be a part of the team, as a member of the TOYOTA Young Drivers Programme (TDP). Ryo, who is a race winner in Japanese Super GT and a former Japanese Formula Three champion, will also race an LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series with the TDS Racing team.

He will join further tests this season as he acclimatises to the specific demands of an LMP1 car and, like his team-mates, will benefit from the experience of Alex Wurz, who has begun a new chapter in his career as an advisor and team ambassador for TOYOTA.

Anthony Davidson (#5 TS050 HYBRID): “I’m looking forward to getting started this season with the new TS050 HYBRID; it’s always an exciting time of the year. Last year it was obviously a disappointment but this season we will be stronger and hopefully more like 2014 when we were really competitive. It’s not going to be easy because the competition is strong but we are pushing hard, working on reliability and performance. We are all focused on playing our part and making progress as quickly as possible, as you can see with this completely new car. I’m really impressed with the TS050 HYBRID; I like the different sound of the turbo engine and the 8MJ system is a huge step forward. All the drivers feel that and it makes us realise what we were missing last year. I can’t wait to experience it in race conditions.”

Sébastien Buemi (#5 TS050 HYBRID): “I’m fully motivated to start the season. We’ve worked very hard and I’m sure that’s going to translate into lap times. The new car is definitely a big step forward. Our chassis has always been quite competitive and we’ve tried to make it even better and we have developed a lot in all areas. Obviously we have put a huge amount of effort into the engine as well as the hybrid system and we can already see the positive results. Thanks to everyone in Higashi-Fuji and Cologne for their hard work; it continues to be a big effort and we are still optimising everything. I cannot predict anything until we get out on track against the others in a competitive environment at Silverstone but my target for this season is clear; I want to be back at the top of the podium.”

Kazuki Nakajima (#5 TS050 HYBRID): “I have been looking forward to the start of this season and our new car since early last season, so it’s great that it is finally getting started. Last season was tough but it just gave us all added motivation to come back stronger. Introducing this new car, including completely new powertrain shows how serious we are about competing again. The TS050 HYBRID definitely feels like a major improvement, particularly thanks to the new engine and hybrid system. It’s impressive how powerful 8MJ is and the duration of the boost is really cool; this is something really positive for us this season. Our motivation and team spirit is really high. Everyone has been working so hard to be ready for the first race. Now I am ready to win some races this year and to be competitive again; that is the target.”

Stéphane Sarrazin (#6 TS050 HYBRID): “I’m really excited that the season is coming. We are testing a lot and the whole team is pushing really hard to make sure we have reliability and to fine-tune our car for the season. The Prologue will be the first time where we can see what Audi and Porsche did during the winter, so it will be interesting. Generally, of course I hope that we will be back in the game and that we can show good performance already in Silverstone. My first impressions of the TS050 HYBRID are very positive. It is definitely a big step forward and we improved every single part, particularly the powertrain. The battery itself is really incredible with 8MJ of boost; this is a very good point for us. We are in a busy period to prepare for the season but have a good starting point and we expect to be fighting at the front.”

Mike Conway (#6 TS050 HYBRID): “I obviously have high expectations for the upcoming season; the target is to get back to winning races. It is nice to have Kamui in the car crew; we’ve tested together already and he is definitely quick so we’re ready to fight. As a team we have made good progress over the winter and the new TS050 HYBRID is cool. We have taken a big step by moving into the 8MJ class and the new battery is impressive. The whole team has made a massive effort to change every aspect of the car, which is not a simple task, and we are all hugely motivated to get back to the front. At the moment it’s hard to tell where we are compared to the other manufacturers but we definitely made a big step forward.”

Kamui Kobayashi (#6 TS050 HYBRID): “I like the new car; it is definitely a big improvement which gives me a lot of hope for the season. I particularly like the new powertrain with turbo engine and 8MJ hybrid system; it’s great to drive this car! Of course, it is always challenging with such a new package and we have to work hard to maximise performance and reliability. This season is a new experience for me. I have raced in WEC before but that was only in the GT class; LMP1 cars are a totally different story and there are new things to learn. I’m happy to be part of the #6 car with Stéphane and Mike, who are really good drivers with a lot of experience. My target this season is to show strong performance and of course to win races. I can’t wait to get started in Silverstone.”

 

2016 World Endurance Championship Calendar

17 April             6 Hours of Silverstone (Gbr)

7 May               6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Bel)

18 June             24 Hours of Le Mans (Fra)

24 July             6 Hours of Nürburgring (Deu)

3 September     6 Hours of Mexico (Mex)

17 September    6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas (USA)

16 October        6 Hours of Fuji (Jpn)

6 November      6 Hours of Shanghai (Chn)

19 November    6 Hours of Bahrain (Bhr)

 

TS050 HYBRID Technical Specifications

Type                           LMP1-H (Le Mans Prototype - Hybrid)

Bodywork                   Carbon fibre composite

Windscreen                Polycarbonate

Gearbox                     Transversal with 7 gears sequential

Gearbox casing          Aluminium

Driveshafts                Constant velocity tripod plunge-joint driveshafts

Clutch                         ZF-supplied multidisc

Differential                 Mechanical locking differential

Suspension                 Independent front and rear double wishbone, pushrod-system

Springs                       Torsion bars

Anti roll bars              Front and rear

Steering                      Hydraulically assisted

Brake calipers            Akebono mono-block light-alloy

Brake discs                Carbon ventilated

Discs                           Ventilated front and rear in carbon

Rims                           RAYS magnesium alloy, 13 x 18 inch

Tyres                           Michelin radial

Front tyres                 31/71-18

Rear tyres                  31/71-18

Length                        4650mm

Width                          1900mm

Height                         1050mm

Fuel capacity              62.5litres

Powertrain                 TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing (THS-R)

Engine                        V6 direct injection twin-turbo

Engine capacity          2.4litre

Fuel                             Petrol 

Valves                        4

Engine power             368kw / 500PS

Hybrid power             368kw / 500PS (front and rear combined)

Combined power        736kw / 1000PS

Battery                       High-powered lithium-ion battery developed by TOYOTA 

Front hybrid motor    AISIN AW

Rear hybrid motor     DENSO

Inverter                      DENSO

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has finalised its plans for customer racing in 2016, with the TOYOTA GT86 taking centre stage on the track and on the stages as part of a revised plan. 

The well-established TMG GT86 Cup will continue for a fourth season within the VLN series at the Nürburgring, with an updated car under development.

Outside of Europe, the TRD 86 Cup in the United Arab Emirates, organised by Yas Marina Circuit, features a field of identical GT86 CS-V3 cars from TMG and is currently at the beginning of its second season of races in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

In rallying, the recently-homologated GT86 CS-R3 will prove its credentials in various national championships as part of a TMG scheme to promote the car in key markets following the cancellation of the HJS R3 Trophy.

With that showcase of the CS-R3 unfortunately not getting off the ground, despite commendable efforts by organiser HJS, TMG has acted quickly to find a solution.

Several CS-R3 cars will be built up in Cologne and offered to private rally drivers around Europe via an attractive rate, emphasising TMG’s commitment to grassroots motorsport and to showing the car’s true competitiveness.

Entries in key European championships such as Germany, Great Britain and others are expected and TMG is in discussion with various drivers and teams to secure visibility for the CS-R3.

As well as bringing rear-wheel-drive action back to rally, development of the CS-R3 has opened new possibilities for the CS-V3 race car. By using selected parts perfected for the rally car, the CS-V3 is undergoing an upgrade and the new car will be introduced at a date agreed after consultation with Cup competitors. 

Development includes substantial weight reduction, engine development, new aerodynamics and upgrading of brakes and other components in order to achieve TMG’s performance targets. 

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “We have been working flat-out these past months to deliver a strong customer motorsport package for the 2016 season. I must admit, there have been a few headaches on the way, and some plans didn’t work out as expected, but I would like to thank our colleagues and partners for their support. We are expecting a spectacular season of racing and rallying with the GT86; I am particularly looking forward to seeing the CS-R3 competing regularly for the first time. Our attractive leasing rates makes it easier than ever for privateers to experience the thrill of rear-wheel-drive rallying, whilst at the same time demonstrating the car’s impressive performance. I would like to wish all our GT86 competitors a safe, successful and fun season.”

 

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is no stranger to breaking records, but the latest high-performance project to visit its Cologne technical centre was a real eye catcher.

On-track, TMG remains the record holder for an electric lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and it could soon be adding a winter sport record to a growing list of success.

TMG welcomed the Snowspeed team to its wind tunnel for aerodynamic tests of the vehicle which the Norwegian-based group hopes will break the world record for a gravity-powered snow sledge.

The current record stands at 134.36km/h, set in 2014 by Isle of Man TT racer Guy Martin. However, Snowspeed has lofty ambitions of reaching 250km/h to shatter that record, or “crush it” in their words, thanks to high-performance engineering.

“Speed skiers already exceed 250km/h and the current speed skiing record is held by Simone Origone, who reached 252.45km/h in 2014. Our sledge will be heavier and more aerodynamic than a skier, so we believe we can go even faster,” said Snowspeed team member Jorn Madslien.

TMG is no novice when it comes to achievements on snow, having designed and built a carbon fibre sled for Paralympic Winter Games skier Andrea Eskau, who used it to win biathlon gold in Sochi 2014. This time, TMG provided the facilities, whilst the Snowspeed team brought along their creation.

Designer Nima Shahinian and his team brought a 50% model of the sledge to one of the two wind tunnels in Cologne, to test its aerodynamic properties in the same place TMG develops the TS050 HYBRID race car which will lead its charge in the World Endurance Championship.

Looking like a Formula 1 car without wheels or wings, the model made a big impression on experienced wind tunnel technicians who are well used to seeing extreme aerodynamic concepts passing through their wind tunnel.

"We are more used to testing Le Mans or Formula 1 racing cars, so this was a new, exciting challenge for us,” said Antonio Pavesi, TMG’s Manager Wind Tunnel Facility. “This is the first time we have had a model of a sledge here; the requirements are quite different, but we used the same equipment.”

Mounted to an overhead strut and with a continuous rolling road under the skis, the wind was turned on and gradually increased to test how the Snowspeed sledge behaves at speed. The wind speed reached 40m/s and stabilised, with TMG’s advanced wind tunnel systems record downforce, drag, roll, pitch and yaw through sensors in the strut.

As a relatively simple model compared to those used by TMG and its Formula 1 customers, which feature hundreds of pressure sensors as well as actuators to move a model during a run, testing on the sledge was completed quickly and yielded important results.

Based on the data generated by the test, Nima and his team will revise the design of the sledge with a focus on improving rear stability. “We will improve the design further over the next few weeks and aim to complete the final sledge in the next few months, ready for an attempt at the world speed record in 2017,” added Nima.

Snowspeed has come a long way since the idea was first born, and this was another important step on the long road to becoming record breakers. The next steps for the team are to build the final vehicle and select a driver, with some famous names already under consideration. We’ll keep you updated as the project progresses.

Find out more about Snowspeed at www.snowspeed.tv.

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The GT86 CS-R3 rally car has been confirmed as a star attraction of the opening round of the British Rally Championship - with a star driver behind the wheel.

Renowned motoring journalist Chris Harris, who has built a formidable following via his writing for Evo magazine, www.jalopnik.com and his own Chris Harris on Cars YouTube channel, will take the wheel on the Mid Wales Stages.

Chris will get the chance to experience the newly-homologated rear-wheel-drive CS-R3 on 5-6 March, using some of the stages made famous by the British round of the World Rally Championship. Alongside Chris will be experienced British co-driver Brynmor Pierce.

The BRC, which launched the careers of World Champions such as Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Ari Vatanen, will relaunch for 2016 and promises to return stronger than ever.

It offers the perfect platform for the rear-wheel-drive CS-R3, which has already proved to be a favourite among drivers and fans thanks to its spectacular RWD action. The car, which will be run by Cornwall-based RallyPrep in conjunction with TMG, has already received a rapturous welcome following the announcement of the Mid Wales Stages entry at Autosport International.

The first kits of the CS-R3, which was homologated last year, have already been dispatched to customers and cars are expected to compete in various national championships throughout Europe this year.

 

 

 

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The TMG GT86 Cup will offer better value for money than ever before when it again runs as part of the VLN endurance championship on the Nürburgring next year.

A new 2016 specification CS-V3 race car will be the basis of the Cup, benefiting from weight reduction, revised body kit as well as improved braking to further optimize performance .

In addition, the registration fee for the season will be reduced to make the Cup even more attractive. For entries received before 31 January 2016 the entry fee per car will be €1800; the fee for entries received before 28 February 2016 will be €2,300 while the standard fee after that will be €2,700, still a significant reduction compared to 2015.

Cup competitors will again benefit from a generous prize fund of €60,000, including prize money and other benefits.

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is honoured to be nominated as Motorsport Facility of the Year by Professional Motorsport World magazine.

The nomination is recognition of TMG’s work in delivering research and development services to external motorsport clients, as well as its varied works and customer motorsport activities.

This year has seen a further extension of TMG’s presence as a motorsport service supplier, with leading teams from a variety of series, including Formula 1, World Touring Cars and GT racing, visiting Cologne in the search for high performance.

Nominees are decided by readers of Professional Motorsport World and will be announced during the magazine’s annual exhibition in Cologne on 11 November.

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The GT86 CS-R3 enjoyed a successful competitive debut, winning its class and finishing in the overall top 10 at the ADAC Drei Städte Rallye in southern Germany.

The privately-entered CS-R3, driven by Hermann Gassner junior and co-driven by Ursula Mayrhofer, beat a variety of other R3 cars to win the Division 4 class by over two minutes having set the fastest time in all but one of the stages.

A fine run over the 10 asphalt stages also saw the R3 running consistently in the top 10, finishing ninth overall in a field of 74 competitors.

The next action for the CS-R3 will be at the Rallye du Condroz-Huy in Belgium, on 6-8 November.

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The GT86 CS-R3 will make its Belgian debut next month on the Rallye du Condroz-Huy, with local hero Patrick Snijers running as zero car for TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG).

Patrick, a seven-time winner of the event, has vast experience of rear-wheel-drive rally cars and has been selected in order to demonstrate the spectacular CS-R3 in front of Belgian fans and potential customers.

The CS-R3 is unique within the FIA’s rally pyramid as the only rear-wheel-drive car to be homologated in the competitive R3 category, which makes it eligible to compete in local, national and international events.

TMG will use the Rallye du Condroz-Huy experience to expand its knowledge of CS-R3 set-up, in order to offer enhanced advice and support to customers, with the first deliveries already under way.

The Rallye du Condroz-Huy takes place around the town of Huy, close to Liege. It features 11 stages covering 240km and is famous for challenging conditions, particularly in the event of rain.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “After its appearance as a zero car at the Baden-Wurttemberg Rally recently, it’s great to see the CS-R3 now regularly out on the stages. We’re looking forward to the Rallye du Condroz-Huy, especially as we will have a rear rear-wheel-drive expert behind the wheel. I am expecting some spectacular action and some very useful feedback.”

Copyright-free, high resolution images of the CS-R3 in action are available for media use on www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com.

You can follow TMG on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorsport) or Twitter (@TMGOfficial) as well as our website, http://www.toyota-motorsport.com/motorsport.

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH is delighted to announce that the wait is over; the GT86 CS-R3 has successfully become the first new rear-wheel-drive rally car to be granted FIA homologation in the 21st century.

After an extended development, prolonged by the challenge of being the first rear-wheel-drive in the previously-exclusive front-wheel-drive R3 category, the car is now eligible to compete in any rally which runs to FIA regulations, including the World Rally Championship.

By bringing rear-wheel-drive back to the stages, the CS-R3 is a uniquely exciting car for drivers and fans which draws on TMG’s illustrious rally heritage. The TMG-run TOYOTA Team Europe enjoyed its first successes in the 1980s with the rear-wheel drive Celica Twincam Turbo, a multiple Safari Rally winner.

Inspired by that heritage, TMG’s latest rear-wheel-drive rally car is intended for private customers, delivering a competitive R3 car which combines the racy good looks of the road-going GT86 with spectacular rally performance.

Significant effort has gone into the two-litre, normally-aspirated boxer engine which, like the car, is not a familiar configuration in R3. To add a further challenge, R3 regulations required the compression ratio to be decreased from the road car standard.

Using TMG’s state-of-the-art engine development tools, changes to the engine internals and software have resulted in a maximum power of 232hp, and peak torque of 235Nm.

To deliver a true motorsport feel, the CS-R3 has a six-speed sequential transmission from gearbox specialists Drenth designed specifically for rear-wheel-drive cars, and limited slip rear differential.

A weight optimisation programme has enhanced the already-nimble handling of the GT86 while upgraded suspension, brakes and exhaust ensure peak performance on the stage. There is no compromise on safety, with safety items and protective roll cage supplied as standard.

TMG will demonstrate the CS-R3 on selected events this year prior to the inaugural season of the HJS R3 Trophy which takes place within the framework of the German Rally Championship and begins in 2016.

The Trophy will feature up to 10 CS-R3 cars and offers over €5,000 of prize money at each round, with a commitment to run for at least the next three seasons. The CS-R3, including complete chassis and powertrain, is sold in kit form for €84,000 (excluding VAT).

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “Finalising the homologation of the CS-R3 is a big moment for TMG and also an exciting one for rallying. It is a long time since a new rear-wheel-drive car has been FIA homologated so this has presented some challenges in the development phase. We have worked hard while some have doubted us without knowing the full picture. But we are grateful for the patience of those supporting our project and we believe that seeing the car in action proves it is really worth the wait. The reaction of fans and drivers has been even more satisfying; it’s clear there is a huge support for TOYOTA in rallying and many still remember the pure spectacle of a rear-wheel-drive car at full throttle on the stages. We are proud to have brought those two factors together and we look forward to a successful new era for the CS-R3.”

Copyright-free, high resolution images of the CS-R3 in action are available for media use on www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com.

You can follow TMG on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorsport) or Twitter (@TMGOfficial) as well as our website, http://www.toyota-motorsport.com/motorsport.

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TMG GT86 CS-R3 Technical   Specifications

Price

€84,000 in kit form (excluding VAT)

Engine:

Type

FA20

Layout

Boxer, flat   four

Displacement

1998cc

Max. power

232hp

Max. torque

235Nm

Exhaust

HJS racing   exhaust + exhaust manifold

Fuel cell

70ltr FT3   safety cell

Chassis:

Bodywork

Steel   monocoque bodyshell and roof ventilation

Roll cage

FIA-homologated   R3 safety cage

Transmission:

Type

Rear wheel drive

Gearbox

Drenth 350 6-speed sequential

Differential

Limited slip differential with variable ramp settings

Final drive

Short final   drive, options available

Clutch

Racing clutch   and light-weight flywheel

Steering

Electric power   steering with different set-up options

Suspension:

Type

Front:   MacPherson type

Rear: Multi   link

Shock   absorber

Tarmac:   Reiger, three-way adjustable

Gravel:   Reiger, three-way adjustable

Stabilizer

Several   options

Rims

Tarmac: OZ 7”   x 17”

Gravel: OZ 6”   x 15”

Brakes:

Front disc

Tarmac: 330mm x 30mm

Gravel: 300mm x 30mm

Rear disc

Tarmac: 295mm x 10mm

Gravel: 280mm x 10mm

Calliper

Front: Alcon   four-piston

Rear: Alcon two-piston

Dimensions:

Overall length

Length: 4240mm

Width: 1775mm

Wheelbase: 2570mm

Minimum car weight

1080kg (by regulation)

         

 

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A race pit stop in WEC is fast and furious; blink and you miss the details. So we chatted to Brian, our outside wheel gunner at pit stops for the #1 TS040 HYBRID and asked him to explain what exactly he’s doing… Beside, you'll see here a fascinating head-cam perspective of a pit stop.

First of all, what are you doing at the race track beside the pit stop, what is your job?

Normally I’m behind the scenes doing sub-assembly; that involves putting together suspensions, shock absorbers and things like this. We prepare all these parts ready for the mechanics to put them on the car. I’m doing especially the shock absorber for both cars and beside this I’m helping as much as needed at the car when the guys need a hand.

So that’s behind the scenes, but during pit stops you are taking centre stage…

In a way, yes. I do the outside wheel gun, which means I’m the one, with my colleague, who is putting the wheel on and running around the car.

Can you describe how this whole process works?

It’s pretty difficult to be honest, because it happens so fast. Basically the tyres get delivered to the front of the garage, when the cars enter the pit lane. So we have maybe 5-10 seconds to grab the wheels and to make sure that our equipment is ready. When we talk about a clockwise track, which is normally the case except Austin, I start with taking the front left wheel in my hands and I have to wait behind the line with everybody else for the car to stop. When the car is refueling I can place the front left wheel in position ready for the pit stop, then I have to walk back behind the line.

What do you mean ‘behind the line’?

During a pit stop only two people are allowed to cross the line and work on the car, the only exception is the one who is helping with the driver change. It means that within our pit stop crew we all have to have an eye on each other to make sure that nobody additional is crossing the line by accident.

And what happens when the refueling is finished?

Then I’m looking for two things, one is the guy lifting the car with the air jack and second is the rear right wheel change. Rear right always starts first in our team. Once the rear right guy has finished his wheel change I can then run from the line to the front left of the car, gun and take the wheel of. I place it then on the floor correctly; if it’s not placed flat and moves it could be dangerous and we would get a penalty. That’s why, even in hurry I need to make sure that I don’t just throw the wheel away. While I’ve taken the wheel off and by the time I’ve changed the switch on the gun, my partner already has put the other wheel on and I can attach the wheel again. Then we run to the rear left and do exactly the same. Once I’ve finished I run as quickly as possible behind the line so that the front right can already start taking off their tyre. In between my partner collects the two wheels we’ve changed and crosses the line as quickly as possible after me.

And that’s your job done for the pit stop?

Not quite. My other job after changing the wheels is to release the car; I pull out the pneumatic line to the air jack. But I can’t do this until the right front wheel has been changed. So I have to carefully watch the guys changing the front right. If they have a problem and I don’t see it, we could waste time dropped and then lifting the car. In the worst case, the car could leave without the wheel fully tightened. So I have to be really careful and concentrated, even after my ‘main task’ is done.

How do you prepare for such an intense task?

You definitely have to be physically fit as you need to do all the race pit stops without slowing down. It’s an explosive task, which is done within 15-20 seconds. You also need to be strong enough to pull the wheel off with one hand; it weighs around 25kg and in the other hand you’re holding the wheel gun, which weights another 6kg. So you need to be fit and strong.

The wheel gun is that heavy?

The gun has to loosen the nut and then tighten it again after the tyre chance. The wheels are tightened with over 500Nm of torque, which is a lot. So there is a lot of force in the gun, which is powered by around 25 bar of air pressure. If you don’t hold the gun properly or you don’t expect such forces you could hurt yourself, so we have to be careful at all times.

Can you do some special exercises to help?

Definitely. In general it’s important to know which muscles you’re using to do what job. My partner for example who put the wheel on uses different muscles than I do. So he practices holding weights in front for a long time. I am pulling the weight away, so it’s different. I usually do a lot for my forearms and always maneuvering the wrists to keep them flexible and strong.

The overseas races this season just started and most of them are in pretty warm conditions, is it even harder because of the heat?

It’s tough, for sure. Having to wear fire-proof underwear and then the suit, helmet, balaclava, all makes it even warmer. We all need to make sure to drink a lot and to save our energy as much as possible. The pit stops are pretty hard but it’s even harder to wear all this stuff for the whole six hours of the race in the heat of the garage.

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is pleased to confirm that its GT86 Cup will continue for at least a fourth consecutive season in 2016.

The TMG GT86 Cup has become an established competition within the VLN endurance championship at the Nürburgring, providing entrants not only with fierce competition within the Cup field but also with a platform to challenge for overall VLN honours.

With three races of the 2015 season remaining, Cup leaders Arne Hoffmeister and Fabian Wrabetz are second in the VLN standings and have a strong chance of becoming the first Cup competitors to win the overall crown.

Due to competitor demand, TMG will again organise the Cup for GT86 CS-V3 race cars in 2016, with further details regarding prize money, entry fees and other details to be released in the coming weeks.

For further information about the Cup and how to enter, please register here (http://ikmedia.de/tmggt86cup_infoboerse/).

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Last but not least, the third part of our ´'Volunteers in Le Mans' story - we've spoken to Nina, our HR specialist.

What are you usually doing at TMG

- I’m working in the HR department as HR specialist and my main task is the support of and consultancy for TMG employees in terms of all HR related issues as well as the whole recruitment processes.

What was your purpose to go to Le Mans as a volunteer?

- I’m actually very interested in motorsport in general. In my free time I’m joining the VLN races at the Nürburgring as team member of our TMG United team. I know the Nürburgring 24 Hours and I’ve often heard from Le Mans and that the Le Mans 24 Hours is a highlight for everybody. So I was really interested in going there on my own to see what’s going on there and why it’s so special for everyone.

Do you see your job of recruiting personnel, especially mechanics, now in a different way?

- I think it helps definitely, especially to see the team working at Le Mans and to have a feeling for what the team spirit is, in the sense of what kind of personalities we’re looking for. I think we have really good mechanics and we’re able to recruit good ones but it’s important to get that really special feeling about who could fit into the team. I think therefore it was good to see them in their working environment outside TMG – especially at Le Mans where everything is even more exhausting and on the edge.

How was your experience now? How “special” was it for you?

- It was just amazing. It was a really good experience and now I can understand why it is so unique for everybody to go to Le Mans. It’s one race every year and everybody is working so hard for it. It feels like this is THE race. So yeah, it was great to be there and to be part of the team.

Do you like the idea that TMG recruits volunteers for a race like Le Mans?

- I think it’s great to experience that; being at the race track is another kind of work than in the office and if the people like motorsports then it will be special for them. For example last year I watched Le Mans from home and of course I wanted us to win. But it is not the same feeling of really being part of it. If you’re at the track, working long, being exhausted as well and trying to make this event happen as a part of it, then it’s something special. It’s totally different - being there and being part of the team or staying at home and just watching on TV as the team is working and fighting to win. And it’s another motivation as well.

As a hostess you had to watch who is coming in the team hospitality and as well as taking care of the team; how was that?

- Well on the one hand to see the team working and the team participating over there, talking with them about their experiences and how the progress is was really good, but also to have the experience of the fans in Le Mans was amazing. They’re standing outside the hospitality and want to see the drivers and the team members. They were so enthusiastic and happy about the giveaways for example. That was really great to see, especially during the drivers’ parade, where I helped out as well. Now I know that we have a lot of great fans in Le Mans.

 

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Second part of our ´'Volunteers in Le Mans' story - this time we've spoken to Hanno:

Why did you apply as a volunteer for Le Mans?

-  I have been to Le Mans before but only as a spectator and this was now an opportunity for me to see it from the other side and to be part of the team, which was always a dream of mine since I was the first time there in 1998.

What are you doing at TMG?

-  I am a design engineer for mainly hydraulic components and a number of other components on the LMP1 car.

Is it even more special for you to see the car running at Le Mans as you were actually designing it?

-  As an engineer it’s always interesting to see the parts that you’re designing on the actual car, to see them racing at the track, especially in Le Mans, to see if they last for 24 hours. It is always interesting and at the same time also gives you some anxious moments. If the car stops you are of course always wondering whether it’s one of your parts. But this time gladly it was ok.

What was your actual job at Le Mans?

- Together with three other volunteers we’ve done some security work which means there were some positions in the paddock, as in the garage and the VIP lounges where we had to control who was allowed to enter.

How was the process to become a volunteer for Le Mans?

- TMG asks every year we’ve participated in Le Mans for additional personnel because this race is longer and busier than the other races we’re participating in. They send months before an email through the internal system, we had to apply then and through a selection process the volunteers are chosen

Do you have another feeling now after experiencing Le Mans as race team member?

- I think the work in Le Mans itself is quite different to the usual races I’m used to, which are six-hour races in WEC or F1 races years ago. In the sense that it’s obviously much longer, this takes a toll on the people. It’s already a 24-hour race but for the team members it really lasts for at least 36 hours because it starts on Saturday morning. It’s quite a brutal thing to do. From my point of view, I think it was interesting to see if your body can cope with it, so in that sense it was a good challenge

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Toyota City, Japan, July 7, 2015—Toyota GAZOO Racing has determined its team structure leading up to Toyota’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda will serve as team chairman while Tommi Mäkinen*, a celebrated WRC veteran, will be offering his expertise as team principal. With comprehensive oversight from Mäkinen, who holds four drivers’ titles over his 18-year WRC career, the team will strengthen its vehicle development capabilities and work toward 2017.

Team name

Toyota GAZOO Racing

Vehicle

Yaris WRC (length: 3910 mm; width: 1820 mm)

Team chairman

Akio Toyoda

Team principal

Tommi Mäkinen

Message from Team Chairman Akio Toyoda:

Whenever I’m behind the wheel, I always think: “it is the road that makes the car.”

For Toyota to make ever-better cars, we have to get a feel for all the kinds of roads that are out there.

Rallying requires us to drive on the very roads our customers use every single day, and I believe it is the perfect training activity, ultimately helping us to strengthen our products.

As the pinnacle of rallying, WRC is the best way to experience roads all over the world—that’s why Toyota is returning to the championship. And I am very happy and excited to have Tommi Mäkinen heading up our WRC team.

I first met Tommi in 2013. At that time he was my instructor, helping me improve my driving technique. In the end, he taught me a lot more; he showed me the appeal of rallying and the relationship between vehicle development and rallying.

Tommi has abundant experience and fresh ideas for vehicle development, both of which will be valuable assets to us. After talking to Tommi, I felt: “I want to work with him; I want him to help us make better cars,” and that’s how I came to ask for his support with this project. With Tommi behind us, Toyota will forge ahead with our return to WRC and also our efforts to make ever-better cars.

Rallying allows both participants and spectators to feel the enjoyment of cars, and it encourages car manufacturers to hone their skills. We have been away from WRC for a long time as a manufacturer. I have huge respect for the manufacturers, drivers, team members, and fans that make this wonderful competition what it is, and I’m thrilled to bring Toyota back to WRC. Please join me in supporting Toyota GAZOO Racing.

Akio Toyoda 

<Contact regarding this release>

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, Motorsport Marketing Division

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH asked within the company for addictional personell supporting the race team at Le Mans. We spoke to three volunteers with different tasks and started with Jason. Let's see how his experience have been during the busiest race of the year.

 

Let’s start from the beginning, what are you doing exactly here?

- I’m the trucky support but the title doesn’t really do justice, because it’s much more than driving the trucks. The truckies are responsible for the tyres, which means they control the tyre pressure, heat the tyres and get them prepared for the sessions, whether it’s dry or wet. They sometimes have to react really quickly depending on the situation.

That sounds really stressful, is it much more stressful than you expected?

- Actually as my day-to-day job is mainly on the desk - I’m a design engineer and designed the steering wheel for this project - for me it’s a completely different experience. It was really great to be part of the team for such a big and legendary event. I’m working in motorsport now for 15 years but I had very rarely the chance to go to the track and actually work there. So it’s great to see how it works from that side, even though it’s really exhausting.

Tell me how was your first session in Le Mans as a trucky support?

- Actually pretty good. I’ve learned a lot straight away, because the guys have some special techniques and different processes to cope with the tyres during the sessions. I’m happy to work with the guys. Christian, who is responsible for the tyres has got a good system to cope with them and he is always very calm; it’s easy to follow his instructions.

How did it come that you volunteered?

- TMG sent out an email asking for additional personnel to help out in Le Mans as it’s such a big and busy event. It’s the first year that I’ve applied for it; I wanted at least once experience of being part of the team. There were different positions which you could do, security, hostess, trucky support and I just said if I could choose, I would choose the trucky support. I think it’s a brilliant idea from TMG. I was nine years in the F1 team and I went only to one test as design support. Giving people the opportunity to come to Le Mans and being part of the team is really unique, especially the way I did it, where it has nothing to do with my actual job at TMG

Why did you want to do the trucky support especially?

- It was because of the feedback from the other guys. I decided to go there and be part of the team so in the end I really wanted to feel as part of the team; being completely exhausted and getting dirty and so on. If I have the choice I prefer to be in the action.

Now Le Mans is over and some time passed, what are your impressions now?

- It was quite good to have some time off afterwards - I took a week off straight after Le Mans - because I could really take my time to think about everything which happened. It was just a fantastic experience and I can completely recommend it. If anybody is thinking to do it next year in that position I would definitely say go for it. You need to be cautious because it’s really a lot of hard work but for me it was just great as those guys really work as a team and it’s something that I haven’t experienced for a long time in such intensity. In the office environment you for sure try to work as a team, but you’re not really in the thick of the action or in a high pressure situation whereas all those guys are really focused, they all have a job to do, they know what they’re doing. So just to be within their little environment doing that was fantastic.

Do you have another point of view of your own job after that experience? You designed the steering wheel, does it feel different now after having seen the car in this special environment?

- It’s always nice as a designer when you get to see the parts you’ve worked on because unless you follow them up, you could be designing parts all the time, release them and then not really see them. So it’s your own responsibility to go to the car and get your hands on these parts. Especially when the parts go on to the next level, when they’re tested and used then it’s completely different. It’s like a chain in the end. You as a designer are just one part of the chain and then it finishes when the car is been raced or rallied.

Do you feel a bit more motivated now after seeing the car on the track and seeing how the people work with it?

- I feel much more motivated for that project. It’s not my main project at the moment but after experiencing Le Mans I would wish so. It’s because of the whole experience but it’s also because I could see how much we really need and can improve.

Which means you could immediately go in your office and work on improvements?

- Yes, there are definitely areas where you can look on. It’s good to see the car at first hand at the race track and to see what happens with the bodywork for example. You cannot change something immediately at the race track but you have a much better view when you see the car running live. It’s closing the loop; it starts in our office with having the idea, then doing the concept, starting to design it, releasing the parts afterwards, they’re being manufactured and fitted to the car and then tested and raced. When you have the chance to see the parts again at the end of the loop and having a look during the car is in action is really beneficial.

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TMG’s motorsport projects old and new will be on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.

The annual event, one of the highlights of the motorsport calendar, sees hundreds of cars of all ages represent all motorsport disciplines, with most completing two demo runs per day up the famous Goodwood hill.

As has become tradition, TMG will again be present with its current car, the TS040 HYBRID fresh from finishing the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway will drive on Friday and Saturday, with World Champion Anthony Davidson taking over on Sunday.

As well as piloting the 1000hp TS040 HYBRID up the hill, both drivers will be available for autographs and photos at the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing tent in the paddock, where posters celebrating Toyota’s 30 years of Le Mans will be distributed.

TOYOTA cars from its rallying past will also be present, with a selection of iconic rally cars from the 1980s and 1990s, including an ST185 and a Group B Celica TA64 tearing up the rally stage.

Goodwood will also see a TOYOTA Formula 1 car running for the first time since the end of the project in 2009. A privately-entered TF012, from TMG’s first season of Grand Prix racing, will be in action throughout the weekend.

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is once again showcasing its high-performance development and testing facilities at the Automotive Testing Expo in Stuttgart, Germany.

From 16-19 June, TMG experts will be on hand to introduce and explain the many research and development tools at our 30,000m² facility in Cologne.

The show’s focus on automotive development perfectly aligns with TMG’s activities as a supplier to third-party customers as well as its mother company TOYOTA Motor Corporation.

TMG staff will be welcoming visitors on stand 1742, where information and leaflets will also be available detailing the full scope of TMG’s services. 

For more information about Automotive Testing Eypo, please visit: http://www.testing-expo.com/europe/english/

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The GT86 CS-R3 rally car will be delayed until October due to an unforeseen technical issue, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) can confirm.

The rear-wheel-drive car was announced in November 2013 and delivery to the first customers was planned for May this year. However, despite an intensive test and development programme, a delay has become unavoidable.

As a whole, the CS-R3 has performed very well during testing but selection of appropriate power steering has been a recurring difficulty. Due to the specific lay-out of the GT86, it has proved harder than expected to find a suitable power steering unit, which must be an off-the-shelf product according to FIA R3 regulations.

Late confirmation of the power steering specification requires another testing phase to ensure the final product meets TMG’s high standards.

TMG is confident the final stage of development will be completed successfully but regrets that it has caused a delay in homologation. Delivery of the first kits is now scheduled for October, giving customers time to prepare for the 2016 season.

Consequently, the first season of the HJS TMG GT86 CS-R3 Trophy has been postponed until 2016. As a gesture of goodwill, TMG will offer refunds and free entries to the 2016 Trophy for all participants who are already registered for the 2015 edition.

TMG already commited to providing the winner of the 2015 Trophy with a test drive in the TOYOTA World Rally car and this prize will be again offered next season, subject to specific conditions.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “It is extremely frustrating that we must wait until next season to see customers competing with the CS-R3. The car is running very well in testing and we have received positive feedback from everyone who has driven it, from our professional test drivers to the potential customers attending our events. So it’s particularly disappointing that one component has had such a significant effect, but we’ve tried everything to keep to our schedule and unfortunately it was just not possible. We have a solution in place and I am sure the final result will be very positive.”

The CS-R3 kit includes GT86 body shell, powertrain and all mechanical components required to build the car. Full details of the CS-R3 specification and kit contents can be found on www.toyota-motorsport.com/motorsport.

Copyright-free, high resolution images of the CS-R3 in action are available for media use on www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com.

You can follow TMG, including progress of the GT86 CS-R3 rally car, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorsport) or Twitter (@TMGOfficial) as well as our website, http://www.toyota-motorsport.com/motorsport.

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has released its 2015 media pack here, which outlines all the major activities undertaken by the Cologne-based company.

The content is primarily intended for the media but is also made available freely to motorsport and technology enthusiasts here.

Copyright-free high-resolution photography to support the media in its coverage of TMG’s activities is available at http://www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has completed the line-up for its junior driver development scheme, which aims to reveal future World Rally Championship (WRC) contenders.

Finland’s Teemu Suninen is the second member of the TMG programme for 2015, alongside France’s Eric Camilli, who was announced in January. Both will develop their skills in a variety of cars and events as they expand their rally experience.

Teemu, 21, has forged a reputation as a promising talent following his rally debut in 2013. He made his mark in the 2014 Rally Finland when, on his WRC debut, he won the WRC 3 class.

Eric, 27, is a relatively late starter in rallying but has already turned heads in one-make cups along with second place in the Junior class at Rally France last year. He also won the prestigious Rallye Jeunes FFSA driver search in 2012, following in the footsteps of recent French World Champions.

In addition to competing in WRC 2 and WRC 3, Eric and Teemu will test the Yaris WRC as they gain vital experience behind the wheel of a WRC car. Alongside the experienced duo of Stéphane Sarrazin and Sebastian Lindholm, they will push the Yaris WRC to its limits on a range of surfaces across Europe this year.

The programme also aims to develop the drivers’ existing skills in terms of personal fitness, communication, media relations and team work.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, President: “We are delighted to have Eric and Teemu as part of the TMG junior driver programme this year. We’ve been working with both drivers since the beginning of the year and we have been very impressed. Both have huge potential in rally; they are extremely fast but also intelligent and methodical. These are qualities which are necessary to succeed in this discipline. We tested several young drivers late last year and Eric and Teemu both stood out as having strong potential so we expect to grow as a team together with them. It is an exciting time for all of us and we are looking forward to taking the next steps on our journey together with Eric and Teemu.”

Eric Camilli: “It’s fantastic for me to be a part of an organisation like TMG and I would like to thank them for the trust they have shown in me. The project is incredibly exciting and it’s a great opportunity for me, as well as for Teemu. I know I still have plenty to learn in rally and I think the TMG junior driver development scheme is the perfect way for me to gain more experience; not only in terms of driving but all the other aspects of being a WRC driver. I am fully motivated to make the most of this chance.”

Teemu Suninen: “I am very proud to join the TMG junior driver development scheme. TOYOTA has such a strong reputation and history in rally; it’s a great honour to be selected by TMG to be a part of their return. I can’t wait to get started; I will give my maximum to repay the faith shown in me. My target is to learn as much as possible, because I am still early in my rally career. I want to grow with the team and I’m looking forward to working alongside Stéphane, Sebastian and Eric. There is a positive and professional atmosphere within the team which is very motivating.”

 

Eric Camilli Profile

Born                         6 September 1987 in Nice, France

Lives                         Nice, France

Marital status             Single

Height                       178cm

Weight                       66kg

Hobbies                     Sport, mountain biking, music

Favourite rally            Rally Monte Carlo

Best achievement       Fourth place on 2014 Tour de Corse (top S2000 driver)

Website:                     www.ericcamilli.com

Twitter:                      @EricCamilli

 

Career History

2009    French Suzuki Cup: n/c (1 rally)

2012    Rally Jeunes FFSA winner

2013    French Rally Championship: 8th (2 wins, 4 second places in Citroen Junior class)

           Member of FFSA driver academy

2014    Rally France (Junior WRC): 2nd

           Tour de Corse (European Rally Championship): 4th (1st in S2000 class)

           Volant Peugeot: 3rd (1 win)

2015    TMG Junior Driver Development Programme

 

Teemu Suninen Profile

Born                            1 February 1994 in Tuusula, Finland

Lives                            Jokela, Finland

Marital status                Single

Height                         184cm

Weight                         65kg

Hobbies                       Fitness training

Favourite rally              Rally Finland

Best achievement         WRC Finland – 1st in WRC3 class

Website:                      www.teemusuninen.com

Twitter:                       @teemusuninenrac

 

Career History

2009    Finnish Karting Championship (KF2 class): 2nd

2010    European Karting Championship (KF2 class): 3rd

           Finnish Karting Championship (KF2 class): 1st

2011    SKUSA SuperNationals Kart Championship (KF2 class): 1st

2012    European Rallycross Championship: 8th in S1600 class (1 win)

2013    F-Cup, B-Junior Class: 1st

2014    Finnish Rally Championship, SM 3 class: 4th (1 win)

           Fiesta Sport Trophy Finland: 1st

           WRC3: 8th (1 rally, 1 win)

2015    TMG Junior Driver Development Programme

 

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TOYOTA Racing enters the 2015 World Endurance Championship ready to start a new era with the defence of its two titles.

TOYOTA became the first Japanese company to win the World Championship during a very successful 2014 season, which saw Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi also win the drivers’ title.

In a period where energy efficiency is a key performance factor, the TS040 HYBRID proved to be the class of the field, taking five wins from eight races.

The championship-winning car has been updated for 2015, with updated aerodynamics, revised front end including crash structure and new suspension kinematics to optimize tyre usage, plus additional weight saving. 

The TS040 HYBRID will again benefit from the proven TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing powertrain, which boasts excellent thermal efficiency and delivers a total maximum power of over 1,000PS.

As with last season, the TS040 HYBRID will compete within the 6MJ hybrid category with enhancements, such as modifications to the super capacitor construction to increase performance.

The team has prepared two different aerodynamic packages for this season, both of which will be tested at Paul Ricard this week. The Le Mans option is better suited to the high-speed La Sarthe track while the sprint package generates higher levels of downforce due to revisions on the rear wing, engine cover and front bodywork.

Development began directly after last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and the updated car was tested for the first time on 13 January at Paul Ricard. Further three-day tests at Motorland Aragon (twice) and Portimao mean the 2015 TS040 HYBRID has completed over 25,000km prior to today’s official launch.

Inside the cockpit, the #1 TS040 HYBRID will feature World Champions Anthony and Sébastien alongside Kazuki Nakajima, who is planned to compete in a full WEC season for the first time.

In the #2 car, Alex Wurz and Stéphane Sarrazin are joined by Mike Conway, who raced three times in 2014 in his role as test and reserve driver, winning the Six Hours of Bahrain.

Kamui Kobayashi, who previously drove for TOYOTA in Formula 1 and finished sixth in its final Grand Prix, becomes test and reserve driver. Kamui will combine his role with a Super Formula campaign in Japan, while Nicolas steps back following three seasons in the race crew. He will be available for testing and development duties throughout the season.

The Cologne-based team is also preparing for another change, with TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) President Yoshiaki Kinoshita returning to Japan in April as is normal practice for TOYOTA executives.

After securing the long-term future of the WEC project, winning the World Championship and sealing a World Rally Championship return, his mission at TMG is complete and he will depart after the Six Hours of Silverstone.

Everyone at TMG thanks Kinoshita san sincerely for his immense contribution to the company and its motorsport history.

Toshio Sato will take over as TMG and Team President from 1 April. He returns to TMG after several years as a senior engine engineer during the F1 project and brings vast experience of hybrid technology, having previously been responsible for TOYOTA and LEXUS hybrid system development.

As well as changes in personnel and technology, TOYOTA Racing has also adapted to revised regulations for 2015.

Teams are now limited to a maximum of five engines per car for the entire season, although none of the team’s cars exceeded this limit in any of the previous three seasons. Additional limits apply to tyre usage, with four sets of slicks allowed during practice and six for qualifying and the race, except in Bahrain and Shanghai where eight sets are permitted, with 11 sets permitted during the Le Mans race.

Flexibility limits have been introduced for bodywork items such as the splitter, the rear wing, diffuser and plank, while the car is now subject to added ballast when, as is the case with the #1 and #2 crews, the average driver weight is less than 80kg.

Those new regulations will apply when the season kicks off at Silverstone on 12 April, followed by Spa-Francorchamps on 2 May. The Le Mans 24 Hours is the annual highlight on 14 June while Nürburgring (30 August) is a new addition. The eight-race campaign concludes with races in Austin (19 September), Fuji Speedway (11 October), Shanghai (1 November) and Bahrain (21 November).

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Team President: “Personally, I am sad to be leaving TMG and our motorsport projects, but I will watch the races very closely and support the team whenever I can. I would like to thank the whole WEC community for the support and encouragement they have given since we joined in 2012; we are proud to be part of the endurance family. It is great to see the #1 on our car this year; our target is to retain it and win the Le Mans 24 Hours. This year the challenge will be greater than ever with four LMP1 manufacturers all presenting different technical solutions. We have worked very hard to improve our TS040 HYBRID and so far the testing results are encouraging. But there is a long way to go and we are eager to see the performance of our rivals at the Prologue, but more importantly at Silverstone for the first race.”

Hisatake Murata, General Manager, Motor Sports Unit Development Division: “We have put huge effort into upgrading the whole car, including the powertrain, where we have made improvements in most areas. This means that total maximum power is over 1,000PS and the performance of the powertrain has been considerably enhanced. Our development means we will achieve the maximum hybrid energy more consistently than last season. Therefore we fully expect to see a performance improvement from the hybrid system, especially over race distances, and at every circuit. Our 2015 upgrades are another step towards producing ever-better hybrid cars and, once again, components and techniques from the TS040 HYBRID will be utilised to improve TOYOTA road cars.”

Pascal Vasselon, Technical Director: “The regulations have been essentially stable so there was no reason to review completely our concept, considering our performance throughout 2014. So the updated car is no revolution but it’s an evolution almost everywhere. It looks like it is from the same family; nevertheless we have redesigned roughly 80% of the parts. Again this season we will have high and low downforce packages, for the usual reason that Le Mans has very different requirements compared to most other tracks. The current regulations favour more subtle changes between these packages to keep the drag reasonably low, such as modifications to the rear wing, engine cover and front end. So far we are satisfied with our progress during the ‘one-car race’ that is testing. Now we have a few weeks remaining to get ready for the serious business of racing.”

Anthony Davidson (#1 TS040 HYBRID): “Having the #1 on the car is really great and we want to defend that. It was a great feeling to win the championship last year but there was one big race missing and that was Le Mans. From the team’s point of view as well as from me personally, the goal is to win the big one in June. We know the competition is going to be strong so I hope we will have a little more luck than we had last year; you always need some luck at Le Mans. The regulations are in their second year so the updated car has been a natural progression in most areas. The initial feeling is positive and now the important thing to do is keep improving and leave nothing to chance.”

Sébastien Buemi (#1 TS040 HYBRID): “It’s always nice to start the season with the #1 on the car; that shows that we have achieved something good last year. We want to win as many races as possible but my main focus for this year is definitely to win Le Mans, which also helps a lot to win the World Championship because of the double points. We obviously already had a great car last year so the idea was not to completely change it; it’s more an evolution. It feels like it’s just a bit better everywhere, which helps you to improve the lap times. Let’s hope what we’ve done will be enough to stay in front.”

Kazuki Nakajima (#1 TS040 HYBRID): “It’s great to be racing in WEC for the complete season for the first time; I missed the team spirit and the competition when I’ve been watching some races on TV these last few years. So I can’t wait to get started at Silverstone. It will be fun to drive with Anthony and Sébastien this year, although it doesn’t feel like we have separate car crews as such; we are one big team with the same targets. This year, like last, we are all aiming for the top and I hope to keep hold of the #1 plate; it looks nice on the car. So far the updated car feels good so I am feeling confident, but there is still plenty of work to do so we are prepared in the best possible way.”

Alex Wurz (#2 TS040 HYBRID): “I start this new season full of hope. We won the World Championship as a team last year and the target is to top it up with the Le Mans victory this year. I really need to win it for a third time to be happy. We already had our first tests with the updated car and we are setting faster lap times than in 2014, with improved reliability. From that point of view all is positive. Of course we are very aware of the competitors working extremely hard as well but in general it’s a cool time to be in endurance racing. There’s a lot of development going on with amazing technologies so let’s hope that we’ve done a better homework than the others.”

Stéphane Sarrazin (#2 TS040 HYBRID): “We had an amazing season in 2014 and of course we want to have an even better season this year. We’ve already improved the car; the tests we did were really good. I feel very comfortable with the revised car and I think we can push a lot. The team did an incredible job with the updates so I think we’ll be strong again. We know to expect a tough challenge from the other manufacturers so we have to work hard and concentrate lot on our job. We need to give our best; the drivers, the engineers, the mechanics, all of us and then I’m sure we can have a good season. With our great team spirit, we can be strong again.”

Mike Conway (#2 TS040 HYBRID): “To be racing for the World Champions is very exciting for me and I’m sure we have a good shot at retaining the title this year so I’m looking forward to it. It’s good to continue with Alex and Stéphane as I think we learn a lot from each other; we push each other and get the best out of our package. My target this year is certainly to win more races, as I did for the first time last year in Bahrain, and of course everyone is looking towards the big one; Le Mans. It’s hard to tell where the competition is but I think we’re looking good with the 2015-spec TS040 HYBRID and I’m excited to go to the first race.”

Kamui Kobayashi (Test and Reserve Driver): “It’s great to be back with TOYOTA and I am grateful to the team for giving me this chance. I know many of the team members from my time with TOYOTA in Formula 1 so this feels like I am coming home. I have already tested the TS040 HYBRID and it is impressive; the hybrid technology is really advanced. It’s another important year for the team so I am looking forward to building a strong working relationship with everyone and contributing to the development of the car.”

 

 

 

 

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The winner of the 2015 HJS TMG GT86 CS-R3 Trophy will earn the chance of a lifetime; a test drive in the new TOYOTA World Rally car.

The Trophy will feature up to 10 CS-R3 rally cars on seven rounds of the German Rally Championship, starting in July. The first competitors have already signed up to the competition, which offers over €5,000 of prize money at each of the seven rounds and will run for at least the next three seasons.

As part of TMG’s long-term commitment to rally, the winner be granted a test in the Yaris WRC development car, subject to specific conditions.

The car, built by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) in Cologne, features a 1.6-litre turbo-charged, direct injection engine, which produces over 300hp, while advanced simulation, testing and production techniques have shaped the Yaris chassis.

With TMG’s junior driver development scheme already nurturing future rally stars for TOYOTA, this prize offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to impress and potentially catch the eye of the new TOYOTA WRC team.

The CS-R3 has already proved immensely popular thanks to its rear-wheel drive powertrain, with 1,998cc, 238hp boxer engine and six-speed sequential transmission which combine to produce a spectacular driving experience.

The first cars will be delivered to customers in May, so TMG has extended its introductory discount. The CS-R3 kit, in either tarmac or gravel specification, costs €79,000 (excluding VAT) for orders made before 24 April 2015, representing a €5,000 discount on the standard retail price of €84,000 (excluding VAT).

The CS-R3 kit includes GT86 body shell, powertrain and all mechanical components required to build the car. Full details of the CS-R3 specification and kit contents can be found on www.toyota-motorsport.com/motorsport.

Homologation to FIA R3 regulations will be certified at the beginning of July, after which all CS-R3 cars will be eligible for national and international rallies, up to and including the World Rally Championship.

Copyright-free, high resolution images of the CS-R3 in action are available for media use on www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com.

You can follow TMG, including progress of the GT86 CS-R3 rally car, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorsport) or Twitter (@TMGOfficial) as well as our website, http://www.toyota-motorsport.com/motorsport.

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017 with a car developed and built entirely at its Cologne technical centre.

Over the next two years TMG will continue its test programme with the Yaris WRC car to prepare for a full return to the series in which it won four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ World Championships in the 1990s.

Today’s news was announced by TOYOTA Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda at a news conference in Tokyo, where the Yaris WRC made its public debut, complete with new launch livery.

The Yaris WRC has already completed a preliminary test programme on tarmac and gravel stages throughout Europe, establishing a promising baseline on which to build over the coming months.

The car features a 1.6-litre turbo-charged, direct injection engine, which produces over 300hp, while advanced simulation, testing and production techniques have shaped the Yaris chassis.

With an official WRC programme now confirmed, development will be expanded while the dedicated team of specialists to engineer and operate the car will be increased.

Several young drivers have already tested the car and Frenchman Eric Camilli, 27, has been selected as the first member of a junior driver development scheme designed with the goal of developing TOYOTA rally stars of the future.

Eric will carry out the development programme alongside last year’s Tour de Corse winner Stéphane Sarrazin, also a racer in TOYOTA’s FIA World Endurance Championship team, and Sebastian Lindholm.

That test programme will include several WRC venues around Europe on a variety of surfaces. Experience gained will assist TOYOTA as it prepares a car for the 2017 season, when updated technical regulations are expected to be introduced.

The Yaris WRC follows an illustrious line of TOYOTA cars to carry the brand into WRC and when it makes its competitive debut in 2017, it will mark almost two decades since the company’s final World Championship rally, in 1999.

That 1999 season marked the end of over 25 years continuous rally activity at TMG, which began life as Andersson Motorsport GmbH, named after company founder Ove Andersson, and competed in WRC as TOYOTA Team Europe.

During that time, 43 wins were achieved with iconic cars like the Celica Twincam Turbo and GT-Four variants and the Corolla WRC featuring legendary drivers such as Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol.

TMG already stepped back into the rally world last year with the introduction of its GT86 CS-R3 customer rally car, designed to FIA R3 regulations.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TMG President: “It is a great honour to be asked to bring the TOYOTA name back to the World Rally Championship alongside our continued participation in the World Endurance Championship. To run two works motorsport programmes simultaneously is of course a challenge but we believe we have the expertise and determination to succeed. There is much to do as we make the journey back to WRC but to have received the support of TOYOTA Motor Corporation and our President Akio Toyoda is already very encouraging. We are looking forward to taking the next steps with an extensive development plan and a junior driver development programme. It is an exciting time and we are looking forward to this new challenge with great anticipation.”

Studio and action photos of the Yaris WRC are offered rights-free for media usage at www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com.

Yaris WRC Technical Specifications

Chassis:

Type                             Steel body shell             

Brakes                          300mm discs on gravel, 355mm on tarmac

Wheels                          7 x 15” gravel, 8 x 18” tarmac

Tyres                            Michelin

Dimensions                    Length: 3910 mm

                                    Width: 1820 mm

Powertrain:

Engine capacity              1.6litres

Type                             In-line four-cylinder

Direct injection               Up to 200bar

Fuel                              Petrol

Turbo pressure              2.5bar absolute (maximum)

Air restrictor                  33mm

Power                           Around 300hp (at 6,000rpm)

Torque                          420Nm

Max revs                       8,500rpm

Transmission                 Six-speed sequential

Clutch                           ZF Sachs

 

TOYOTA’s WRC Heritage

1973    Manufacturers’ Championship: 10th (1 win)

           TOYOTA’s first victory, Walter Boyce/Doug Woods driving a Corolla TE20 on the Press On Regardless Rally (United States)

1974    Manufacturers’ Championship: 4th

           Future World Champion Björn Waldegaard makes his TOYOTA debut

1975    Manufacturers’ Championship: 7th (1 win)

           First victory for TTE with Hannu Mikkola/Atso Aho driving a Corolla Levin in the 1000 Lakes Rally (Finland)

1976    Manufacturers’ Championship: 6th

1977    Manufacturers’ Championship: 3rd

1978    Manufacturers’ Championship: 6th

1979    Manufacturers’ Championship: 5th

1980    Manufacturers’ Championship: 7th

1981    Manufacturers’ Championship: 8th

1982    Manufacturers’ Championship: 5th (1 win)

           TMG founder Ove Andersson drives in WRC for the last time, driving a Celica 2000GT

1983    Manufacturers’ Championship: 6th (1 win)

1984    Manufacturers’ Championship: 4th (1 win)

           First Safari Rally (Kenya) victory with Björn Waldegaard/Hans Thorzelius driving a Celica Twincam Turbo (TA64)

1985    Manufacturers’ Championship: 5th (2 wins)

1986    Manufacturers’ Championship: 6th (2 wins)

           TOYOTA’s third successive Safari Rally win, with Björn Waldegaard/Fred Gallagher driving a Celica Twincam Turbo (TA64)

1987    Manufacturers’ Championship: 7th

1988    Manufacturers’ Championship: 5th

           Introduction of the Celica GT Four, which would go on to win 29 WRC rallies and six World Championships (two manufacturers’ and four                      drivers’) in its ST165, ST185 and ST205 guises

1989    Manufacturers’ Championship: 2nd (1 win)

           Carlos Sainz makes his TOYOTA debut, competing in seven rallies and finishing on the podium in three

1990    Manufacturers’ Championship: 2nd (5 wins)

           Carlos Sainz becomes TOYOTA’s first drivers’ World Champion, at the wheel of a Celica GT-Four (ST165)

1991    Manufacturers’ Championship: 2nd (6 wins)

           TOYOTA’ first victory in the legendary Monte Carlo Rally

1992    Manufacturers’ Championship: 2nd (5 wins)

1993    Manufacturers’ Championship: 1st (7 wins)

           TOYOTA becomes the first Japanese company to win the World Rally Championship

1994    Manufacturers’ Championship: 1st (5 wins)

           TOYOTA achieves a second hat-trick of Safari Rally wins, with Ian Duncan driving a Celica Turbo WRC

1995    Manufacturers’ Championship: 3rd, disqualified (1 win)

1998    Manufacturers’ Championship: 2nd (3 wins)

           After a two-season absence, TOYOTA wins on its return at the first attempt, in the Monte Carlo Rally, thanks to Carlos Sainz/Luis Moya in a                  Corolla WRC

1999    Manufacturers’ Championship: 1st (1 win)

           TOYOTA’s third manufacturers’ World Championship; only two companies have won more in WRC history

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH is pleased to confirm the final details of the rear-wheel-drive GT86 CS-R3 rally car, which will make its competitive debut this year.

The CS-R3 prototype was launched last August and since then has completed an extensive test programme to optimise design and define the final specification of the kit which will be delivered to private competitors and teams.

Detailed development has generated improved performance on both gravel and tarmac, while reliability and durability have been prioritised in order to deliver a car which allows cost-effective competition throughout the season and beyond.

The CS-R3 has already proved immensely popular thanks to its rear-wheel drive powertrain, with 1,998cc, 238PS boxer engine and six-speed sequential transmission which combine to produce a spectacular driving experience.

The first cars will be delivered to customers in May, later than originally forecast to allow improvements highlighted during testing to be implemented. As a consequence TMG has extended its introductory discount. The CS-R3 kit, in either tarmac or gravel specification, costs €79,000 (excluding VAT) for orders made before 24 April 2015, representing a €5,000 discount on the standard retail price of €84,000 (excluding VAT).

The CS-R3 kit includes GT86 body shell, powertrain and all mechanical components required to build the car. Full details of the CS-R3 specification and kit contents can be found on www.toyota-motorsport.com/motorsport.

Homologation to FIA R3 regulations will be certified at the beginning of July, after which all CS-R3 cars will be eligible for national and international rallies, up to and including the World Rally Championship.

Fans will be able to see up to 10 CS-R3 cars in competition for the first time at the Rally Niedersachsen near Hanover on 4 July, the first round of the new HJS TMG CS-R3 Trophy.

The first competitors have already signed up to the Trophy, which offers over €5,000 of prize money for each of the seven rounds plus other benefits, and will run for at least the next three seasons.

Nico Ehlert, TMG Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “This is a significant milestone in the GT86 CS-R3 story which brings us one step closer to the car’s competitive debut. We have put a huge amount of effort into our testing and development programme in order to deliver a fast, reliable and spectacular car for drivers and fans alike. As always, there are a number of challenges with a new-car development; in this case we had quite some work to adjust our rear-wheel-drive car to regulations which were written with front-wheel cars in mind. It is extremely important to TMG that our cars live up to our customers’ high expectation so we have taken a little more time than originally predicted to complete the homologation process. This means we now have a car which, I believe, will exceed the expectations of our customers and keep the fans entertained.”

Christmas is a special time of the year. We wind down, focus on the important things and enjoy time with family and friends. For TMG employees the year ended in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. A traditional Christmas market was set up within the company grounds offering tasty glühwein, cocktails, tasty snacks like fried fish and crêpes as well as live music to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Our employees and their families joined colleagues on December 11 to celebrate the end of the year.

All employees – including family and friends – met early in the evening at the Chassis Workshop for the opening ceremony. Our top management and drivers presented an interesting and emotional annual review. Overseen by the top management, everyone took in the highs and lows of our 2015 season, before a very popular feature; the autograph session. This year’s was even more popular, with many colleagues taking the chance to get their shot taken alongside the retiring Alex Wurz next to his TS040 HYBRID.

Whoever was interested in one of the many aspects of TMG's history had the chance to get

lost in our museum. A place to let the heart beat faster, for big kids and little kids alike! While the grown-ups enjoyed one or two glasses of wine at the Christmas market stalls, the smaller guests chose from a variety of entertainment opportunities in the truck hall. A bobby car race track, climbing area and rodeo ride were just some of the few things keeping them busy.

"My kids have asked me directly the next day, when we then go back to celebrate with TMG", said one guest. Even Father Christmas visited the celebration - and of course he had some gifts for the children.

For the adults, a unique entertainment program was offered this year: There was the chance to test their skills in a driving simulator, competing directly against our professional WEC racers with a lap in the TS040 around Le Mans.

To capture the atmosphere that evening, also was a Photobox, although there were plenty of amusing snapshots taken on smartphones elsewhere during the evening.

The celebration is always a special highlight of the year. A happy gathering of colleagues and families, from the top management and the drivers to the entire workforce.  Overall it was a successful event again. "It's wonderful to spend time with colleagues and friends in a very nice, family atmosphere," said Eva "We have a special feeling of unity." For next year, we only hope for better weather and more trophies!

We thank all our employees for the great commitment, the work carried out using that perseverance and dedication in 2015 and we are working together for a more successful 2016! In the display case there is still room for a Le Mans trophy...

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has unveiled a new digital series, #ThisIsEngineering, aimed at sharing the company’s passion for engineering by revealing the personal story behind selected members of its skilled workforce.

TMG, based in Cologne, Germany, has built its reputation for automotive and prototype engineering over three decades via participation in international motorsport: from rallying to Formula 1 and more recently as 2014 World Champions in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Since 2010, TMG’s state-of-the-art facilities – known as the Home of High Performance – are available for external clients and are currently contributing to the development of a range of products, from Formula 1 cars and electric vehicles to next-generation road cars.

Constructed to the highest standards with no compromise on quality or functionality, the 30,000m² facility and its highly-skilled staff of around 250 offer a remarkable range of machines, facilities and expertise.

#ThisIsEngineering will showcase the passion and dedication to engineering which TMG’s team members put into each and every project, from works motorsport to customer projects.

Short video clips with interviewees will offer an insight into TMG’s daily operations, while more in-depth features will further demonstrate the commitment to excellence of TMG’s multi-national team.

Video clips will be released weekly over an initial two-month period, available on TMG’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/ToyotaMotorsportGmbH), while content will also be accessible via the company’s Facebook (facebook.com/ToyotaMotorsport) and Twitter accounts (@tmgofficial). 

All content will also be hosted here on toyota-motorsport.com. Click on the image below to check out the latest updates:

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Drivers' and manufacturers' titles in FIA World Endurance Championship with TS040 HYBRID, designed, developed and built at TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH is extremely proud to have designed, developed, manufactured and operated the TS040 HYBRID LMP1 car, which won the drivers' and manufacturers' titles in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The TMG-based project, in just its second full season of WEC competition, was the class of the field and secured a deserved double title in the final round of the season, the Six Hours of Sao Paulo. The TS040 HYBRID won five of its eight races in 2014, taking four pole positions, 12 podium finishes and four fastest laps. It finished on the podium in every race.

The car was designed by TMG's specialist engineers, using cutting-edge development tools, such as our high-capacity CFD cluster and advanced simulation technology. Hardware-in-the-loop testing, using TMG's extensive range of R&D facilities fine-tuned the TS040 HYBRID concept before production, with most of the chassis and components built in-house at TMG.

For more information about TMG's successful WEC team, please click here.

 

Successful weekend with CS-R3 prototype

Competitive pricing and special offer announced

The TMG Rally car project stays on track for a 2015 release.

TMG-produced race car retains class crown whilst showing trademark speed and reliability

The GT86 CS-V3 at Nürburgring 24 Hours in numbers

 

New material benefits customers and TMG

Online media kit ready to view

TMG-designed car ready to take on World Endurance Championship

TMG and athlete Andrea Eskau to take on Paralympic Winter Games challenge

TMG reveals details of TOYOTA Racing WEC challenge in 2014

 

Successful 2013 brings increased benefits for Cup competitors in 2014

GT86 CS-R3 announced for 2015 delivery

TMG's engine and component testing facilities recognised

TMG announces at least two more seasons of its successful Cup competition

 Pikes Peak rain slows lap times for electric competitors

TMG EV P002 ready for the race after successful qualifying

How to stay in touch with the TMG EV P002's participation in the electric class

 

Mountain test successful for TMG electric racer

Successful start to testing prior to Pikes Peak

Upgraded Pikes Peak challenger completes first track action

Upgrades are completed and the electric record holder is ready for testing 

TMG EV P002 heads to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to defend its electric title.

TMG United team selects VLN driver

TMG employee team looking for VLN drivers

TMG reveals 2013 TS030 HYBRID for WEC challenge

Team and driver connections, special prizes and 24-hour information

 TMG EV P002 to defend Pikes Peak crown

Finance available for GT86 CS-V3

Pirelli will supply high-performance tyres to the TMG GT86 Cup

TMG GT86 Cup Calendar Confirmed

TMG's aerodynamic department wins Race Tech award

 

TMG GT86 Cup to run in VLN series

Details of TMG's cars at Essen Motor Show

Find out about the new TMG Sports 650

TMG's design excellence was honoured at the Professional Motorsport World Awards

The cost-effective TMG GT86 CS-V3 was in action at the Nürburgring

TMG's TOYOTA Racing team wins again in the WEC

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) helped TOYOTA Racing win the Six Hours of Fuji

The entry-level TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car has a new livery.

 The TS030 HYBRID, designed, built and operated by TMG, won the Six Hours of Sao Paulo.

The TMG EV P002 has set a new electric record on the legendary 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The TMG Yaris R1A had a successful first public outing on the ADAC Rally Deutschland

The stunning GT86 is now available from TMG as a fully-prepared racer for €38,500 plus tax.

The TMG EV P002 set a new record for electric vehicles at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

New entry-level rally car for private customers from TMG

Get behind the scenes at TMG and discover more about the intense development cycles in motorsport and a number of other industries mean that it's critical for manufacturing to deliver at the same pace.

TMG must wait to show the TMG EV P002 at Pikes Peak.

TMG is proud to receive ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 approval.

Get behind the scenes at TMG and discover more about the critical role of aerodynamics in car car design and development.

TMG support helps Toyota Swiss Racing to class victory in Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Get behind the scenes at TMG and find out about car design and development at the home of high performance.

TMG to exhibit at Automotive Testing Expo Europe in Stuttgart on 12-14 June.

TOYOTA Racing regrets to announce that, as a result of a testing accident, it is not able to participate in the WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

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