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.