Toyota Switzerland tags along to encourage a new generation of car enthusiasts
The Nürburgring has played an important role in the development of Toyota’s GT86 and Lexus' LFA. This weekend these cars will be back at the daunting German circuit to compete in ADAC's 40th Nürburgring 24 Hours race.
Four Toyota GT86 and one Lexus LFA is set to compete in the said event. Gazoo Racing fielded the race-engineered LFA and two GT86. The other two production GT86 was entered by Toyota Swiss Racing Team, which was prepared by Toyota Motorsport.
Gazoo Racing will be back at the famous Nordschleife to field the LFA in the SP8 class and two new race-prepared GT86 to enter the SP3 class. The team personnel, including technicians and drivers, will include Toyota employees from Japan, taking part to hone their skills and craftsmanship, gaining experience that will feed back directly into the work developing future vehicles.
Gazoo Racing has already kicked off its 2012 season with two shorter-distance races at the Nürburgring, in which the LFA was twice a winner in its class and the GT86 showed promising progress.
Speaking after the most recent race, Gazoo Racing driver Akira Iida said: "The momentum of our team is very good. Our target for the 24 Hours Nürburgring race is to maintain a steady pace, in line with the way we have chosen to set up the vehicles. Nevertheless, we have run at good speed and confident we will be full ready before the 24-hour event."
The Toyota Swiss Racing Team will also be taking part, fielding two GT86 race-prepared by Toyota Motorsport. Both will take part in the competition class (V3) for production models. Their participation is part of Toyota Switzerland's grassroots motorsport programme with GT86 to encourage a new generation of car enthusiasts.