TOYOTA GAZOO Racing unveiled GR GT3 and GRMN Yaris as examples of the company’s commitment to developing ever-improving race cars.

The GR GT3 Idea

TGR has a long-term goal of making the world of racing more sustainable by accelerating its customers’ operations. TGR has introduced the GR GT3 Concept to support “driver first” car development and provide cars that customers participating in GT3, the pinnacle of customer racing, would choose.

As with the GR Yaris, TGR plans to use feedback and technologies refined through participation in various motorsports activities to develop GT3 and mass-production cars and further promote the making of ever-better motorsports-bred cars by commercialising motorsports cars rather than simply adapting production vehicles for use in motorsports.

GRMN’s Yaris

It all started with Morizo Toyoda’s goal to “provide automobiles to customers that progress swiftly and can be personalised to people like in the area of motorsports” with the GRMN Yaris*2. Additionally, a new programme will be launched to allow customers to experience the type of daily vehicle evolution and driver-tailored customisation done in motorsports daily.

Sport Concept for the bZ4X

Sporty and environmentally friendly, this concept car is built on an electric-only version of the BMW Z4X. The concept car features large-diameter tyres, sports seats, and matte black exterior body panels.

Project GR Heritage Parts

Customer requests have prompted the creation of the GR Heritage Parts Project, which will replicate discontinued replacement parts and resell them as brand new authentic ones. Parts for Toyota 2000GT, Land Cruiser 40 series and Corolla Levin/Sprinter Trueno AE86 Corolla Levin/Sprinter Trueno are displayed.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s flying Finns claimed first and third place in the snow.

In the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship, Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team’s GR YARIS Rally1 car had won its first rally when Kalle Rovanperä triumphed in Rally Sweden. Teammate Esapekka Lappi rounded off the podium for TGR by taking the third-place spot in his first race since 2018.

In Ume, Sweden, the rally’s new home, all three of the team’s drivers were locked in a close battle to win on the rally’s unfamiliar high-speed snow-covered roads. As the highest-ranked driver in the championship, Rovanperä started last on the road on Friday and finished ahead of teammate Elfyn Evans on Saturday by 8.3 seconds.

In the wake of an altercation at the end of Saturday’s last stage, Evans was given a 10-second penalty overnight, but his hopes of victory were dashed in the first stage of Sunday. Evans began the race with the centrally-supplied hybrid system disabled owing to a malfunction and subsequently had a spin on the scene and damaged the front of the car. He concluded the stage but was forced to retire due to FIA safety protocols since the hybrid unit was not showing the green light as required.

Despite a hybrid issue, Rovanperä won the first of Sunday’s four stages and extended his lead to 22 seconds as he and co-driver Jonne Halttunen claimed their third victory in the WRC. Rally Sweden winner Rovanperä follows in the footsteps of his father, Harri, who triumphed in the race in 2001. Also, he has a 14-point lead in the drivers’ title.

Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm had an exciting comeback weekend with the team, finishing second and third, respectively, by just 8.6 seconds.

Toyota GAZOO Racing also has a 24-point edge in the manufacturers’ championship.

With Takamoto Katsuta and co-driver Aaron Johnston finishing fourth overall and earning valuable points for TGR WRT Next Generation, three GR YARIS Rally1 vehicles finished the rally in the top four.

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