By continuing to use this website, or by clicking Accept, you agree to our use of cookies to optimize your website experience. You can find more information about how to change your cookie settings here (https://goo.gl/TLfruX). All cookies will be automatically deleted from our system within 30 days. You can find out more about our Privacy Policy here.

Your JavaScript is not activated. Please make sure to activate JavaScript in your browser settings to ensure all functions!
  • TMG Home
  • Car Design & Development
  • Engine Design & Development
  • Electric Vehicle Technologie
  • Forschung und Entwicklung
  • Manufacturing
  • Racing von TMG

 N24H16B 1876D

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.

     top

download-brochure-310

media-photos-tile

this-is-enginering-tile

 
 
Latest Careers
 
 
 
Latest Information
 
 
08 August 2018
The employees of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) naturally have a close relationship to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but from July 27 to 29 they took to the...
 
25 July 2018
We are family! Under our 2018 slogan “one for all, all for one” our employees and their families joined together on Saturday June 23 to explore TMG and...
 
17 June 2018
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing won the 86th Le Mans 24 Hours, taking an historic first victory at its 20th attempt. Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando...
 
23 March 2018
Andrea Eskau returned from PyeongChang with six Paralympic medals following an incredible Games with her TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH-developed ski sled. The...
 
07 March 2018
After months of dedicated practice, and with the help of motorsport technology, German athlete Andrea Eskau will take on the challenge of the Paralympic...