Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New GRMN Sports FR Concept going to Goodwood

New pictures from Toyota of the all-new track-focussed GRMN Sports FR Concept. GRMN stands for GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring (the same place they picked up two class wins with the GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA and Toyota GT86 at this year's 24-hour race). Designed for on-track action, the GRMN Sports FR Concept chucks out 320 PS thanks to its twincharged format (turbo- and supercharger). More after the break.

Le Mans will never be the same again!

Just caught this YouTube vid from this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans race courtesy of Jalopnik. It's from the on-board helmet cam of Jordan Taylor in his #73 Corvette. Simply stunning, and completely mesmerising! Must watch, again and again!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Schumi back on podium!

Eventful F1 European Grand Prix at Valencia ends with Michael Schumacher on the podium in 3rd!

Post race investigation announced that Schumi may have failed to slow down for yellow flags during the latter few laps of the race. If found guilty, he may lose his podium position...

Update 19:16 CET: No penalties after all for Schumi! Keeps podium finish.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's Le Mans at last!

"After several months of preparations and hard work, Toyota Racing has arrived at Circuit de la Sarthe for arguably the greatest endurance race in the world – 24 Hours of Le Mans. The afternoon started with a four hour free practice session. This is the first time the cars all ran on this circuit since the official test two weeks ago. The session wasn’t without incident, but more on that later. More importantly, the first of three qualifying sessions took place in the evening with our cars finishing in 4th and 6th places..." More here:
(Reblog from Toyota Europe Corporate Blog)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Akira Iida Top 40 qualifying at 2012 24 Hours Nürburgring

Here's a fun video find. GAZOO Racing just uploaded the on-board footage of Akira Iida driving the team's race-prepped Lexus LFA #83 at this year's 24 Hours Nürburgring. It's quite mesmerising. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pure electric motorsport bliss

This is insanely cool. Last year Toyota Motorsport GmbH, based in Cologne, Germany, brought out an electric race car. The car, the TMG EV P001, uses the chassis from a Radical track day car and a full newly developed electric race powertrain. TMG took it along to the Nürburgring where it set a blistering lap time of 7:47.794, the fastest electric vehicle ever to tackle the Green Hell - the record still stands. Now, they've brought out an upgrade, ready to tackle the Pikes Peak hill climb in the US. Check out the video after the break.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

@Toyota_Hybrid Racing wears Le Mans war paint

Yesterday, Toyota Hybrid Racing team revealed their brand new blue/white war paint for their #7 and #8 Le Mans cars. The race takes place over the June 16 and 17 weekend, but this weekend the teams have already set up shop at the La Sarthe circuit for official testing. I'm really liking the new hybrid blue scheme. The colour is derived from the blue highlights found in the Toyota and Lexus badges of the company's hybrid models. It's also not the first time Toyota is racing in blue at Le Mans. Between 1985 and 1993 several cars also ran a similar livery. Check out the gallery below.