Japan – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing announces the outline of TGR GT Cup 2022 online race

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) has announced details on the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT CUP (TGR GT Cup) 2022, an online race in “Gran Turismo 7” for PlayStation 5(1) (PS5) and PlayStation 4(1) (PS4).

The TGR GT Cup is a global series in which the GR lineup, including GR road vehicles and dedicated racing cars, will participate in competitive racing throughout the season. Seven qualifying rounds will be held online, and the top 24 players will qualify for the final.

As this year’s event will be held in Gran Turismo 7, it will feature the nostalgic Toyota Supra GT500 ’97 (Castrol TOM’S) and other car models will be added via updates. In addition, Subaru will be participating for the first time as a partner in TGR e-Motorsports activities, and Round 5 will feature the Subaru BRZ in addition to the GR86 as options. Subaru and TGR have been developing the Subaru BRZ and GR86 jointly in friendly competition with each other, and the two companies are partners in the creation of ever-better cars. This collaboration is now extending to the field of virtual racing as well. Keep an eye out for both cars participating and battling it out in the real-life field of motorsports.

TGR plans to continue an active engagement in e-Motorsports activities so that motorsports can be enjoyed closer than ever before beyond the boundaries of countries and generations.

(1) “PlayStation”, “PS5”, and “PS4” are registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

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Japan – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will Continue to Promote Customer Motorsports Support in 2022

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) has announced its customer motorsports activities(1) for 2022.

This year, TGR will continue to proactively support customer motorsports in various ways globally, and based on valuable feedback gained from customers at races, continue to strive to “make ever-better motorsports-bred cars.”

The 2022 Super Taikyu Series in Japan will start on March 18. A total of four TGR customer motorsports vehicles from four separate teams, one LEXUS RC F GT3 and three GR Supra GT4s, have been entered into this year’s Super Taikyu Series.

Globally, in races such as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America, the Thailand Super Series, and the GT4 European Series, even more customers than last year will enjoy races with the LEXUS RC F GT3 and GR Supra GT4.

Feedback obtained from customers through race participation will be used for future development and to update products. TGR will put even more effort into customer motorsports with the aim of enabling customers around the world who love motorsports to easily enjoy racing.

(1) Motorsports activities in which customers (private teams) purchase commercial vehicles tuned for races from manufacturers and take part in races

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Japan – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Unveils GR GT3 Concept and GRMN Yaris as Embodiments of Making Ever-better Motorsports-bred Cars

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) and Lexus are exhibiting the following vehicles and parts at Tokyo Auto Salon 2022(1) at Makuhari Messe (Chiba City) from today to January 16.

GR GT3 Concept

TGR is committed to further accelerating customer motorsports activities to make the world of motorsports sustainable. Promoting “driver first” car development and with a desire to provide attractive cars that customers participating in GT3, which is the pinnacle of customer motorsports, would choose, TGR has unveiled the GR GT3 Concept.

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

GRMN Yaris

The development of the GRMN Yaris(2) began with the desire of Morizo, president Toyoda to “deliver cars to customers that evolve quickly and can be tailored to individuals like in the field of motorsports”. In addition to having refined the vehicle together with professional drivers as a fully tuned model of the GR Yaris, a new program is to be activated that will deliver to customers the type of daily vehicle evolution and driver-tailored customization that takes place in motorsports.

For further details about the GRMN Yaris, please visit the following page
https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/toyota/36416645.html

bZ4X GR Sport Concept

Based on the bZ4X dedicated battery EV, the bZ4X GR Sport Concept delivers an elevated level of environmental performance and driving pleasure. Large-diameter tires, sports seats, and matte black exterior body panels are among the highlights of this concept vehicle.

Lexus/Pathfinder Air Racing 1/3 scale model of air race aircraft
NX PHEV Offroad Concept and ROV(3) Concept

Lexus will display a one-third scale model of the Zivko Edge 540 V3 air race aircraft that Yoshihide Muroya of Lexus/Pathfinder Air Racing will pilot in the Air Race World Championship to be held this year. Also joining the exhibit are the NX PHEV Offroad Concept and the ROV Concept–two concept vehicles that embody the brand’s aspirations to realize a carbon-neutral society, expand customers’ choices and lifestyles, and provide new values that exceed customers’ expectations.

For further details about the NX PHEV Offroad Concept and the ROV Concept, please visit the following page https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/lexus/36614778.html

GR Heritage Parts Project

To respond to customers’ desires to keep their beloved and memory-rich cars of yesteryear on the road, the GR Heritage Parts Project aims to reproduce discontinued replacement parts for sale as new genuine parts. On display at the show is a selection of reproduced parts slated for release in 2022 for the A70 Supra, A80 Supra, Toyota 2000GT, Land Cruiser 40 series, and AE86 Corolla Levin/Sprinter Trueno.

(1) A customized car event held at the Makuhari Messe convention center (in Chiba City) for three days from January 14 to January 16, 2022 (January 14: Open to the media and industry insiders, January 15-16: Open to the public).
(2) “GRMN Yaris” is used for marketing purposes; the name used in vehicle registration, etc., is “GR Yaris GRMN”.
(3) “ROV” is short for “recreational off-highway vehicle”. This concept vehicle aims to realize lifestyles in which people can enjoy driving in harmony with nature by getting into places that cannot be accessed by off-road vehicles and getting in touch with nature while enjoying the ROV’s responsiveness as well as sounds that stimulate the five senses.

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Japan – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Premieres GRMN Yaris in Japan

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) premiered the “GRMN(1) Yaris”(2) at Tokyo Auto Salon 2022(3) on January 14. Sales of a 500-unit limited edition model are expected to begin at GR Garages nationwide around summer 2022. The GRMN Yaris is a fully tuned model of the GR Yaris that has gone through rigorous refinement with professional drivers. In addition, a new program is to be activated that will deliver to customers the type of daily vehicle evolution and driver-tailored customization that takes place in motorsports.

GRMN Yaris “Circuit package” / GRMN Yaris “Rally package”

Since its launch in September in 2020, the GR Yaris has been involved in various motorsports, such as the Super Taikyu Series(4) where President Toyoda got behind the wheel as Morizo and participated with ROOKIE Racing, and the Japanese Rally Championship(5), where it won the season championship.

The GR Yaris has been refined through “driver first” car development. Issues under extreme use conditions are identified through driver feedback and quickly resolved. Each car can be tailored to the driver to evolve into a safe and easy-to-drive vehicle.

The development of the GRMN Yaris began from Morizo’s desire to “deliver cars to customers that evolve quickly and can be tailored to individuals like in the field of motorsports.” Using lessons learned from motorsports competition, body rigidity has been enhanced, weight has been reduced by approximately 20 kg(6), overall width has been increased by 10 mm(6) for aerodynamic improvement, and vehicle height has been reduced by 10 mm(6) for a lower center of gravity. Also, it uses mechanical LSD, a close-ratio gear transmission, and a low final gear set, which has been improved through repeated “breaking and fixing”. The GR Yaris has evolved into a car that can be driven faster and with more peace of mind, with improved braking force, grip, cornering and following performance based on feedback from professional drivers.

Additionally, through the two Update Program and Personalization Program services, we will provide customers with “cars that evolve quickly and can be tailored to individuals” just like they are in motorsports. The GRMN Yaris offers the enjoyment of race-car like ongoing progress by achieving real-time car evolution for each race with the Update Program and driving experiences that that bring out performance through tailoring the car to the driver with the Personalization Program.

(1) General name for limited-quantity models at the top of TGR’s GR sports car series
(2) “GRMN Yaris” is used for marketing purposes; the name used in vehicle registration, etc. is “GR Yaris GRMN”
(3) A customized car event held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba from January 14 to January 16, 2022 (with a trade/media day on January 14 and public days on January 15 and 16)
(4) ROOKIE Racing GR Yaris, based on the GR Yaris, competed in ROOKIE Racing from the 2020 season to the second race of the 2021 season
(5 ) GR YARIS GR4 Rally based on the GR Yaris competed from the 2021 season
(6) Comparison GR Yaris RZ “High Performance”. The changes of overall width and vehicle height only apply to “Circuit Package”. Vehicle height: The overall height not including rear spoiler

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Japan – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will announce challenges for making ever-better motorsports-bred cars at Tokyo Auto Salon

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) will exhibit at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022 customized car event held at the Makuhari Messe (Chiba City) for three days from January 14 to January 16, 2022.*

GR GT3 Concept

TGR strives to “offer ever-better motorsports-bred cars”, and is participating in top categories such as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) along with domestic rallies and races. The technology and knowledge gained through these activities is used in the creation of new road cars.

This year’s exhibition will feature the world premiere of the GR GT3 Concept, a racing-dedicated concept car that incorporates the knowledge and refined technologies TGR has gained in the field of motorsports, as well as the fully tuned model of the GR Yaris.

Furthermore, as a way to communicate the appeal of motorsports, the GR010 HYBRID that won all races in 2021, the first year of Hypercar class of the WEC, and cars from domestic and international competitions such as the SUPER GT, Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship and Japanese Rally Championship will be exhibited.

In addition to the exhibition cars listed above, some parts from the 2022 lineup of GR Heritage Parts for customers who truly love their vehicles will also be exhibited.

Further information regarding the exhibition cars and booths will be announced in due course, and the press conference scheduled on January 14, can be accessed from the following link.

The TGR booth will be operated with the utmost care to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding and cooperation.

*January 14: Open to media and industry insiders, January 15-16: Open to Public

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