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  1. The Toyota C-HR has opened its 2020 honours account with the Best Crossover title in the Company Car Today 100 listing It achieved its winning status thanks to its combination of tax-friendly low emissions from its self-charging hybrid powertrains, low day-to-day running costs, good looks and lasting value. Paul Barker, Company Car Today Editor, said: “Toyota’s C-HR deploys hybrid technology to deliver low running costs and excellent emissions figures, which combine with good residual values to tick the boxes that make for an excellent company car. It also enjoys cutting edge design and has recently been revised to make it an even better proposition, and well worthy of the CCT100 Best Crossover title.” The CCT100 is presented by Company Car Today as a definitive list of the 100 cars that can fulfil any business requirements. The top models in each category are assessed on 12 criteria that are key to an excellent company car, including emissions, price, running costs, company car tax rates, practicality, desirability and the driving experience. The Toyota C-HR benefited from significant upgrades at the end of 2019, including a shift to an all-hybrid line-up, with a new, more powerful 2.0-litre powertrain added to the range and improvements made to the established 1.8-litre system. It is the only crossover on the market to offer a choice of two different hybrids, ensuring it meets the requirements of a wider range of customers. Although it delivers 182bhp, the new 2.0-litre system remains highly efficient, with CO2 emission from 86g/km (NEDC correlated data)/109g/km (WLTP data). Across the entire C-HR range, the benefit-in-kind rating for company car tax payers is just 22 per cent. All versions of C-HR also now benefit from seamless smartphone integration as standard, via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Full information about C-HR, including specifications, images and video footage, is available here.
  2. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel claimed second place on the 2020 Dakar Rally in the Toyota Hilux, maintaining the strong form that saw them win the event in 2019 Last Friday’s final day also saw former Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso complete his debut on the gruelling rally in a highly creditable 13th place overall, partnered by Marc Coma. Held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, the 2020 Dakar Rally comprised 12 racing stages that included dune crossings, rocky tracks and high speed desert crossings. It lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s toughest sporting events with all four Toyota Gazoo Racing crews having to deal with setbacks, including 43 punctures between them. The Toyota Hilux proved equal to the challenge and all four crews made it to the finish with no technical problems. Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro were placed fifth and Bernhard ten Brinke and Tom Colsoul completed the rally in seventh. After more than 5,000km of racing, Al-Attiyah was little more than six minutes away from wresting victory from Carlos Sainz, who posted his third Dakar win. Speaking after Friday’s final stage, Al-Attiyah said: “It’s a great feeling and we are quite happy. We won the stage today and partially closed the gap to the leaders, but we knew it was a big ask after making a mistake two days ago. But this is a rally, and that’s how it goes. I’m proud that we finished second. It really wasn’t easy, considering the competition and the terrain, but I’m sure we’ll be back to fight for the victory again next year.” Alonso and Coma battled to regain more than two hours lost on the rally’s second stage, pushing themselves and their Toyota Hilux to the limits to climb back up to 10th place overall before a roll on stage 10 put a top-10 finish out of reach. “This is the toughest rally in the world, and we finished it on our first attempt,” said Alonso. “I had the best team around me; the Toyota Gazoo Racing guys, Marc in the car, and I think thanks to them we finished the race on the first try. I’m really grateful, and I really enjoyed the last two weeks.” Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro pushed hard in the opening stages of the race, winning stage 2 outright before losing ground due to a multitude of punctures. Despite the time lost, the pair were never out of the top 10 and ultimately secured fifth place, 1hr 7min 9sec behind the winners. The 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally also saw a strong performance by Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Tom Colsoul. This was the pair’s second Dakar together and they equalled their previous result in seventh place overall. While the crew didn’t win any stages this time, they were also constantly in the top 10. 2020 Dakar Rally overall results for Toyota Gazoo Racing after stage 12 (final): 2nd No.300 Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel, +6min 21sec 5th No.304 Giniel de Villiers/Alex Haro, +1hr 7min 9sec 7th No.307 Bernhard ten Brinke/Tom Colsoul, +1hr 18min 34sec 13th No.310 Fernando Alonso/Marc Coma, +4hr 42min 47sec
  3. Toyota led the world with the introduction of the hydrogen-powered Mirai saloon in 2014. Now it is getting ready to take its advanced zero emission fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology to new heights with the second generation model Mirai has been a catalyst for increasing global awareness of how a future clean and sustainable hydrogen society might be achieved. It is a car that is technically sophisticated, yet eminently practical with a driving range of around 300 miles, easy refuelling in a matter of minutes and no emissions other than pure water. Since launch, around 10,000 Mirai have been sold; at the same time, Toyota has actively supported the development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure in key markets worldwide. This has been just the beginning: at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota provided an early glimpse of the advances it is making across the board with the new Mirai, in terms of technical excellence, dynamic performance, and desirable design. Scheduled for launch in 2020, initially in Japan, North America and Europe, the new Mirai will be much more than an eco-car, showing how its FCEV technology is no barrier to creating a vehicle that is rewarding to drive and beautiful to look at. Efficiency is still a critical area, and Toyota is targeting a 30 per cent increase in Mirai’s driving range through improvements to the fuel cell system and the use of larger on-board hydrogen tanks. There are now three tanks – one long, two short – which together increase the fuel capacity by around one kilo of hydrogen compared to the current model. Yoshikazu Tanaka, the new Mirai’s Chief Engineer, said: “We have pursued the goal of making a car that customers will feel they want to drive all time, a car that has an emotional and attractive design and the kind of dynamic and responsive performance that can bring a smile to the driver’s face. “I want customers to say ‘I chose the Mirai not just because it’s an FCEV, but because I simply wanted this car; it just happens to be an FCEV.’ We will continue our development work focusing on that feeling, and we hope that with the new Mirai we will be a leader in helping realise a hydrogen energy society.” The new Mirai’s immediate impact is in its exterior design, with low lines, elegant proportions, sleek, taut bodywork and large, 20-inch diameter wheels that together generate a powerful and distinctive look. The interior has been conceived as a simple, modern space with a warm, comfortable ambience that adds to the sense this is a car that’s genuinely enjoyable to drive and travel in. Key elements include a 12.3-inch centre display and an instrument panel that wraps around the driver. The platform and intelligent packaging allow for five seats to be provided in place of the current Mirai’s four. The freedom to craft a more emotional and head-turning design has been one of the benefits of new Mirai being constructed on Toyota’s latest rear wheel drive modular platform, which was engineered to accommodate different powertrains – including a hydrogen fuel cell – at the outset. It further gives the new Mirai a higher degree of body rigidity, which contributes to greater agility and responsiveness, and a lower centre of gravity, which makes for nimble, rewarding handling. As well as extending the potential driving range, improvements in the performance of the fuel cell system give the rear-wheel drive Mirai linear, smooth response when pulling away and an elegant driving feel, with unity between the driver’s throttle inputs and the car’s acceleration. Handling is light and easy on winding roads, while highway driving produces a sense of power at all speeds. New Mirai measures 4,975mm long, 1,885mm wide, 1.470mm high and has a 2,920mm wheelbase.
  4. When it comes to “sustainable” vehicles, the familiar points of reference are qualities such as fuel economy, low emissions and recyclability. But there’s another aspect to the issue that has helped earn Toyota’s mighty Land Cruiser the Sustainability Award in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards Where the judges were concerned, Land Cruiser has no equal when it comes putting in year after year of reliable service, delivering the kind of longevity that other models cannot match. And that’s the key to making it a winner as a “sustainable” vehicle. 4×4 Magazine Editor Alan Kidd explained: “Not everyone will be able to understand why the Land Cruiser has won our Sustainability Award, but it’s very simple. You can buy one and, if you so choose, never need to return to the car market for the rest of your life. “It’s built to last for decades, and its long history of outstanding build quality means a well-maintained one will rarely need new parts. All that points to a tiny whole-life carbon footprint. It’s a world-class vehicle, and a sound investment in every sense.” With a heritage spanning more than 60 years, the Land Cruiser is a truly global product proving its strength in the toughest environments, whether delivering aid to remote areas or safely transporting owners through inhospitable terrain. Land Cruiser is the only diesel model in Toyota’s UK passenger car range, a line-up in which full hybrid models have increased their share of the company’s new car sales to 60 per cent in the past year. Land Cruiser is now being put to perfect use in the model’s latest development as a rugged, go-anywhere light commercial vehicle, part of the new Toyota Professional LCV range. Full details of the Land Cruiser passenger vehicle range of three and five-door SUVs can be found here.
  5. The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has triumphed in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards, named Best Medium SUV Announced today, the award reflects the all-round qualities of the fifth generation of Toyota’s compact SUV, launched in spring 2019. It also sustains RAV4’s reputation for market-leading success since the original model created the concept of the recreational SUV 25 years ago. Alan Kidd, 4×4 Magazine Editor, said: “The Medium SUV award category probably had more potential winners in it than any other, but the new RAV4 was a clear winner. Its styling is brilliant inside and out, it’s superbly made and it’s as pleasing to drive as it is practical. It came incredibly close to taking the overall win, only coming second behind a vehicle costing three times as much.” In its awards report, 4×4 Magazine hails RAV4 – an all-hybrid model – as “the slickest of all the current crop of medium SUVs,” praising its “modern, classy and well-made” appearance. The multimedia system, cabin space and ease of loading are all highlighted and the hybrid powertrains – front or all-wheel drive – are commended for their smooth and quiet character. A “natural feel” in the steering and composed suspension add to the positives, together with the vehicle’s ability to automatically switch to all-electric power whenever possible – a key benefit of Toyota’s “full hybrid” technology. Value for money is a critical factor, too, the RAV4 offering “a lot of kit for your money, as well as a very good SUV indeed”. For 2020, RAV4 is newly available with smartphone integration as standard on all models, providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions.
  6. The new GR Yaris is a pure performance car, born from Toyota’s title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship (WRC). Forged from success in the heat of competition, it brings motorsport technology and design directly to the world of the road car, true to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s ethos of making ever-better cars that are intrinsically rewarding and fun to drive Positioned at the top of the all-new Yaris range, the GR Yaris is a unique model that benefits from the design and engineering skills of Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, Toyota’s partner in the WRC. As well as serving as the official homologation model for development of the next Yaris WRC car, it also has all the attributes required for owners looking to compete successfully in local rally competitions. Scheduled for launch in the second half of 2020, it will follow the GR Supra as Toyota’s second global GR model. Presenting the GR Yaris at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, Gazoo Racing President Shigeki Tomoyama said: “One of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s commitments is to use motorsport to refine its knowhow and its personnel, with the aim of launching world-class production sports cars. While the new GR Supra is a sports car developed through track racing, the GR Yaris has been devised through our participation in rallies – something that many of our fans have been waiting for.” Every aspect of the car has a performance focus: an all-new platform and engine, new suspension, lightweight construction, aerodynamic styling and a new GR-Four permanent all-wheel drive system. With high power and low weight, it has all the credentials for competition success, and for delivering exhilarating performance as a super-hot hatch for the road. Heritage The new GR Yaris is Toyota’s first genuine all-wheel drive sports car and its first homologation model for World Rally Championship competition since the end of production of the Celica GT-Four in 1999. Across two generations and three models, the Celica GT-Four featured in Toyota’s most successful WRC campaigns, a golden age of rallying that brought the company 30 rally victories, four drivers’ championship titles and one manufacturers’ championship. In a reference to its illustrious predecessor and its all-wheel drive technology, the GR Yaris features a GR-Four logo on its tailgate. As a homologation model, the GR Yaris will support the development of a new competition car for the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team’s WRC campaign. Since rejoining the championship in 2017, Toyota has won both the manufacturers’ championship, in 2018 and, with Ott Tänak, the drivers’ championship in 2019. Development priorities The WRC-skilled team of designers and engineers at Tommi Mäkinen Racing focused on perfecting the aerodynamics, weight distribution and light weight of the new car – the three qualities essential to achieving the best performance and drivability. A lower roofline improved the car’s ability to cut through the air, while positioning the new 1.6 turbo engine further back towards the centre of the car and locating the Battery in the boot helped produce a better chassis balance for improved handling, stability and responsiveness. The three-door body Shell is made from lightweight materials including carbon fibre polymer and aluminium, to deliver an impressive power-to-weight ratio, while the new platform allows for a wider rear track and new double wishbone rear suspension system. The team also devised reinforcements beneath the side members to ensure the suspension’s performance potential can be realised. To ensure the plans worked in practice, the GR Yaris was put to the test by professional race and rally drivers during the development programme. Unique design Although the new GR Yaris sits at the top of the all-new Yaris range, it has a unique design with a three-door body and a roof lowered by 91mm, creating a coupe silhouette. Frameless doors add to the coupe look. At the front the grille design and spoiler express the car’s authentic GR status, while at the rear the wide tread and muscular wings accommodate 18-inch alloy wheels. All-new 1.6-litre turbo engine The GR Yaris’s engine is an all-new, three-cylinder turbocharged unit that benefits from motorsport technologies to maximise performance, including multi-oil jet piston cooling, large-diameter exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port. Displacing 1,618cc, it produces a maximum 257bhp/192kW and 360Nm of torque. Compact and lightweight, the DOHC 12-valve engine features a single-scroll ball-bearing turbo and is matched to a six-speed manual transmission, engineered to accommodate high torque levels. Power-to-weight ratio Achieving a strong power-to-weight ratio was a key objective to help meet the GR Yaris’s performance targets. The body Shell is constructed predominantly from lightweight materials, including a new carbon fibre polymer for the roof that can be compression moulded. Aluminium is used for the bonnet, doors and tailgate. As a result, the GR Yaris has the power of a C-segment performance hatch but the weight of a B-segment machine (kerb weight 1,280kg). Its power-to-weight ratio of only 5.0 kg per bhp helps deliver 0-62mph acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 143mph. GR-Four: new all-wheel drive system The GR Yaris’s performance is supported by a new GR-Four all-wheel drive system designed to optimise drive power to each wheel, while also being simple and lightweight. The distribution of torque between the front and rear axles is governed by a high-response coupling. As an option in the Circuit Pack (details below), two Torsen limited-slip differentials manage the split between the left and right-side wheels to give natural and direct car control. The ingenious system uses slightly different gear ratios for the front and rear axles and allows for a theoretical range of front/rear torque balance from 100:0 (full front-wheel drive) to 0:100 (full rear-wheel drive). This flexibility gives a performance advantage over AWD on-demand systems that use twin-coupling or permanent AWD systems with a centre differential. The GR Four system is also considerably lighter in weight. The driver can adjust four-wheel drive performance to suit their preference or the driving situation using a 4WD mode dial switch. In normal mode the base front/rear torque distribution is 60:40; in Sport mode the balance shifts to the rear, with 30:70 distribution to achieve a fun-to-drive quality on winding roads and circuits; and in Track mode the base setting is 50:50 for fast, competitive driving on circuits or special stages. In each mode, the torque balance will automatically adjust in response to the driver’s inputs, vehicle behaviour and road or track conditions. Dedicated platform and suspension The GR Yaris has a new, dedicated platform that combines the front end of Toyota’s GA-B platform – debuting in the all new Yaris model in 2020 – with the rear of the GA-C platform. This allows for a new suspension design and accommodation of the GR-Four all-wheel drive system, while also contributing to the car’s excellent stability and handling. Where the standard new Yaris uses a torsion beam rear suspension, the GR Yaris has a double wishbone set-up, with every element optimised for performance. A MacPherson strut system is used at the front. Performance braking system The performance braking system features large, 356mm grooved front discs with four-pot callipers, engineered to cope with rigorous demands of high-speed track and special stage driving with high-level heat capacity. Circuit Pack Customers can upgrade their GR Yaris with an optional Circuit Pack. This equips the car with a Torsen limited-slip differential on both the front and rear axle, performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4s 225/40R18 tyres. New GR production centre at Motomachi To help meet its performance goals for the GR Yaris, Toyota has established a new production facility at its Motomachi factory, with a line dedicated to manufacturing GR sports cars. Instead of the traditional conveyor system, the body and assembly lines comprise a number of different cells connected by automatic guided vehicles. Production of each vehicle calls for a large number of manual processes, for which Toyota uses a specialist team. The factory design and the talents of the workforce allow for high-precision assembly of highly rigid vehicle bodies to levels that are hard to achieve on standard production lines. With its new manufacturing methods, the GR facility is capable of handling multi-type, small-volume production, without compromising productivity. GR YARIS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE Type In-line, 3 cylinders Valve mechanism DOHC 12-valve with VVT-i Fuel system D4S direct and indirect injection Supercharging Single-scroll turbo Displacement (cc) 1,618 Bore x stroke (mm) 87.5 x 89.7 Compression ratio 10.5:1 Max. power (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 257/261/192 Max. torque (Nm) 360 Emissions level Euro 6d temp TRANSMISSION All-wheel drive system GR-Four Transmission 6-speed manual PERFORMANCE Power-to-weight ratio (kg/bhp, kg/DIN hp, kg/kW) 5.0, 4.9, 6.7 Max. speed (mph) 143 (electronically limited) CHASSIS Front suspension MacPherson strut Rear suspension Double wishbone Steering Rack and pinion, electric power steering Min. turning circle (m) 10.8 BRAKES Front (diameter, mm) Ventilated discs (356) with 4-pot fixed callipers Rear (diameter, mm) Ventilated discs (297) with 2-pot fixed callipers TYRES Type Dunlop SP Sport MAXX050 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s (option) Size 225/40R18 DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT Overall length (mm) 3,995 Overall width (mm) 1,805 Overall height (mm) 1,460 Wheelbase (mm) 2,558 Front track (mm) 1,530 Rear track (mm) 1,560 Kerb weight (without driver, kg) 1,280
  7. Toyota will reproduce spare parts for the A70 (1986-1993) and the A80 (1993-2002) model Supras as it launches the GR Heritage Parts Project, and will sell them both domestically and overseas including North America and Europe This project is an initiative that will reproduce spare parts that were no longer available, and sell them as genuine parts, in order for customers who have loved Supra for many years to continue driving them into the future. Details on the specific parts and sale periods will be announced at later dates on the Toyota Gazoo Racing website In addition, reproduced parts may be purchased from Toyota retailers in the same way as normal genuine parts. While reproduced parts may differ according to areas and model types, as of today’s date parts for the A70 model include propeller shaft, door handles, fuel sender gauge, weatherstrips and front emblems. For the A80 model this includes headlamps, door handles and brake boosters. GR Heritage Parts will be also exhibiting at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 at Makuhari Messe (Mihama-ku, Chiba City) for three days from 10-12 January.
  8. Sister brands Toyota and Lexus received a record-breaking number of awards in 2019. The bumper honours haul reflects the quality of their model ranges – both new and established – the service provided to customers and the talents of the people working throughout the business, from their workshops and showrooms across the country to their national headquarters The independent approval given to the quality of the products and services provided to customers and to Toyota’s wider commitment to safeguarding the environment adds weight to the company’s global focus on building ever-better cars and working to provide everyone with the freedom of mobility. Its transition from traditional vehicle manufacturer to a mobility provider and enabler will be in sharp focus next year, as new projects and technologies are revealed and Toyota continues to fulfil its role as the official mobility partner to Olympic and Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020. Toyota’s trophies rewarded its new models, with the British-built Corolla hailed as a “game-changer” and the GR Supra named the best driver’s car. Prius was car of the year in Auto Express’s Driver Power survey, while Yaris posted a flawless 100 per cent reliability survey score. Consumer champions Which? gave Toyota cars no fewer than 12 “best buy” recommendations. Quality across the board earned the brand best manufacturer and best 4×4 manufacturer titles, while there were further honours for the new Toyota Professional range of LCVs. Toyota’s leadership in hybrid and its commitment as a global business to reduce the environmental impact of its operations brought further awards, including a green fleet manufacturer of the year title. At the head of Toyota GB, Paul Van der Burgh, President and Managing Director, was honoured by Autocar as an “Outstanding Leader,” while Paula Cooper, director of the company’s ConsumerOne function, was the Inspiring Automotive Woman of the Year. Toyota has another busy period of new product launches in the coming year and beyond. Models already announced include the all-new Yaris and the rally-inspired GR Yaris, the second generation of the hydrogen-fuelled Mirai saloon, the Proace City compact van and a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 SUV. Details of all Toyota’s 2019 awards can be found in this feature on the Toyota UK blog.
  9. China's market regulator on Friday has fined Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor <7203.T> 87.6 million yuan ($12.5 million) for price-fixing on its premium Lexus cars in eastern Jiangsu province, according to a document on its website The decision comes as China steps up regulation over auto sales in the world's biggest vehicle market, where more than 28 million cars were sold last year. The anti-monopoly bureau of State Administration for Market Regulation said that between 2015 and 2018, the Japanese carmaker set a minimum sales and resale price for its cars in coastal Jiangsu province, which deprived dealers of pricing autonomy and harmed customers' rights. Lexus also fixed sales strategies in the region over the period, including offering customers discounts while asking them to purchase accessories at fixed prices, a sales tactic usual among individual auto dealers in China but frowned upon for carmakers. A spokesman at Toyota, Lexus' parent firm, told Reuters the firm acknowledged the penalty and respects the decision. He did not comment further. China's auto sales are declining, but Lexus' sales keep growing. It sold 180,200 vehicles in the first 11 months this year, a 21% jump from a year earlier. In June, China's market regulator imposed an 162.8 million yuan fine on Ford Motor Co's <F.N> joint venture with Changan Automobile Group <000625.SZ> for violating anti-monopoly law. ($1 = 6.9927 Chinese yuan renminbi)
  10. The new GR Yaris has finally hit the track. Our rally-inspired sports car is the second model to be launched globally by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and features a new GR 4WD system that promises to deliver an unforgettable driving experience on every surface.
  11. Thank you Mike for all your regular contributions to the club forums throughout the year and continuing to assist members with their enquiries Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year
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  13. Toyota Gazoo Racing took their third win of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship season in the 8 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday (14 December). The two Toyota TS050 Hybrids came home first and second, thanks to a good race strategy, fast pit stops and impressive reliability over the 864-mile race distance, overcoming a severe success handicap that included a per-lap time penalty and restrictions on hybrid power and fuel use Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López took a second season win in the No7 car, moving them back into the lead in the drivers’ championship. The sister No8 car of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley finished second to complete the team’s third one-two result from four races. “We pushed as hard as we could all day and got a result which we weren’t expecting at the start of the week,” said Conway. “That’s thanks to a great job by everyone; my team-mates and my team. We struggled earlier in the week but together as a team we got the car dialled in.” Drama at the start saw a collision between the No5 Ginetta and the pole-sitting No1 Rebellion car, with Buemi’s Toyota also damaged in incident. As a result, he dropped from third to 10th, while Conway moved up from fourth to take the race lead. Following a safety car period, the No8 Toyota was back up to third, while Conway extended his lead prior to the first fuel stop. Although the No1 Rebellion began to close the gap to the Toyotas, its challenge was curtailed by lengthy spell in the pits to tackle a technical problem. With both Ginetta LMP1 cars retiring from the race, Toyota Gazoo Racing were able to consolidate their position. López took the chequered flag after 257 laps to give him and his crew-mates an eight-point championship advantage over the No8 car trio. In the teams’ title race, Toyota Gazoo Racing lead by 41 points from Rebellion. The WEC calendar will resume in Austin, Texas, on 23 February for the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas, returning after a break of two years. This will form a double-header in the USA with the 1,000 miles of Sebring, on 20 March. Rookie test session The day after the Bahrain race brought an official WEC rookie test session, during which three drivers were able to take the wheel of the TS050 Hybrid. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s test and reserve driver Thomas Laurent, who took part in the last rookie test in 2017, completed 34 laps. The previous day he had finished fifth in the Bahrain race, driving a Signatech Alpine in the LMP2 category. Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC Challenge driver Kenta Yamashita took his seat in the TS050 for the first time and drove 44 laps. He had also taken part in the previous day’s race, with an eighth place finish in an LMP2 High Class Racing car. Completing a trio of up-and-coming LMP2 competitors was Nyck de Vries, who was sixth in class in his Racing Team Nederland car on Saturday. Like Yamashita, de Vries warmed up for the test with a simulator session and seat fitting at the Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Cologne base on Monday, preparing the 24-year-old Dutchman for 43 laps.
  14. The Toyota GR Yaris, an all-new, rally-inspired sports car, will make its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January The GR Yaris benefits from advanced technologies, knowledge and experienced gained from Toyota’s title-winning participation in the World Rally Championship (WRC) under the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) banner. It will be the second pure sports car to be launched globally by TGR, following the return of the legendary Toyota GR Supra. The GR Yaris has completed its final development stage and a prototype was recently pushed to the limits by Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s global president, under his TGR Master Driver codename Morizo. Toyota is using TGR motorsport activities to help create ever-better cars and build a passionate fan-following, competing in challenging events in different competition categories around the world. In 2017, it returned to the FIA World Rally Championship with the Yaris WRC (World Rally Car), going on to post five victories and secured the manufacturers’ title the following year. Its success has continued in 2019, with the team claiming both the drivers’ and co-drivers’ championships. TGR has delivered further success in the FIA World Endurance Championship, campaigning with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid and winning the manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles in 2014 and 2018-2019. It is also leading both championships in the current 2019-2020 season. Earlier in 2019, TGR took Toyota to its first outright victory in the gruelling Dakar Rally with a Toyota Hilux driven by the Qatari champion Nasser al-Attiyah. Further details of the new Toyota GR Yaris will be announced in due course.
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