Toyota GAZOO Racing announced last week the entry of three vehicles a Toyota C-HR Racing, a Lexus RC and a Lexus RC F ― in the 44th 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race to be held in Germany from May 27 to 30, 2016.
The 24 Hours of Nürburgring plays an important role in Toyota’s motor sports activities for building ever-better human resources and vehicles under intense racing conditions. Beginning in 2007, the 2016 event marks the 10th year of Toyota’s participation in the race under the banner of GAZOO racing.
Akio Toyoda, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Corporation and team representative, said, “I remember GAZOO Racing first taking on the challenge of the Nürburgring in 2007 in an Altezza like it was yesterday. There are so many memories running through my mind–the interaction with the roads of the Nürburgring, whose characteristics seem to change with each shift in the weather, the meeting and parting with new and valuable friends. But, the one thing that remains the same is the unforgiving conditions of the circuit and the intensity of the racing. Every year, we use these conditions to hone both our team members and our cars. I have experienced this approach at first hand over the last nine years and, for me, this is the real meaning of motor sports.”
“I also think that the commitment we show under these harsh conditions has a positive impression on our customers. That’s why Toyota, under the banner of Toyota GAZOO Racing, will continue to take part in motor sports–to build ever-better cars, boost the number of vehicle enthusiasts, and bring a smile to the faces of our customers around the world,” Toyoda added.
Toyota GAZOO Racing was started up in April 2015 to unite the activities of GAZOO Racing, Toyota Racing, and Lexus Racing under the same roof. It continues to work toward the creation of ever-better cars through motor sports by developing stronger human resources and attracting a wide range of vehicle enthusiasts.