Gazoo Racing takes class victories with Lexus LFA, Toyota GT 86 at Nürburgring

Article by Christian A., on May 23, 2012

The GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA was the winner in its class at the recently held 24-Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany, which lasted from May 17 to May 20, according to Toyota Motor Corporation. Also getting a first-place finish in its class is a Toyota GT 86. A total of 169 vehicles participated in the finals.

Takayuki Kinoshita, Akira Iida and Juichi Wakisaka drove the LFA (car no. 83) to finish first and to rank 15th overall. Finishing first in the SP3 class and 46th overall is the 86 (car no. 166), which was driven by Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Takuto Iguchi and Minoru Takaki. Masahiko Kageyama, Kumi Sato, Yoshinobu Katsumata and Minoru Takaki, drove a second 86 (car no. 165), which had a sixth-place finish in the SP3 class and was 65th overall.

On May 18, the day of the preliminary round, the LFA placed 32nd overall. It had a good performance from the beginning of the finals to achieve 20th position overall and first in class. The LFA had to make a pit stop because of contact with another vehicle but it still finished the race. The LFA took 15th place overall. TMC, as part of its strategy to create even better cars, teamed up with the GAZOO Racing team in this year's 24-Hours Nürburgring endurance race.

They aimed to widen the appeal of car racing, attract and help out more car enthusiasts, and develop human resources. At the AZOO Racing team, TMC employees worked as mechanics and drivers for the 86.

A big part of the 25-kilometer Nürburgring course is deemed significant in vehicle development because its more difficult conditions permit a more comprehensive testing than what could be expected with conventional evaluations. TMC employee participation in the race enables them to have a personal experience and to apply it to making improved cars.

GT86, a widely anticipated Toyota 2x2 compact sports car, makes its European premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Toyota’s GT86 will be on sale from summer 2012 in Europe. It is focused fully on the driver, embodying driving joy purely with instant and exact responses to every action, satisfying every passionate driver by going beyond what is just needed.

The extremely aerodynamic bodyshell stretches low and tight, covering the main engineering spots and creating a new base for the GT86. No more big and bulky displacement powertrain – instead the GT86’s performance reaches back to Toyota's roots and is revealed as the world's only rear-wheel drive compact with a front-mounted, horizontally opposed, and free-revving boxer gasoline engine.

This format, combined with the most compact four-seater that is light and low in inertia and centre of gravity, creates the most optimal power to weight ratio. These attributes award the GT 86 with a lively, accessible performance, highly engaging, readily exploitable dynamic abilities with minimal electronic intrusion, and maximum driving pleasure.

A dedicated team of engineers had been tasked to focus on the pure classiness of sports cars. They did exactly that and perfected the embodiment of the signature Toyota sports car style that will please even the most discriminating driver with the GT86’s truly pure sporty connection.

The Number 86

A tribute to the Corolla Levin AE86’s exciting drive and dedicated rapport among everyone involved from aficionados to mechanics, the 86 has continued to influence Toyota’s development of sports cars.

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