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The all-new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car and the first global GR model to be produced by Toyota Gazoo Racing, makes its world debut today, 14 January 2019, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit First appearance of the all-new Toyota GR Supra at NAIAS in Detroit ‘Condensed Extreme’ modern design that highlights power agility while also evoking the romance of classic styling from Toyota’s sports car heritage Two-seat cabin with perfectly driver-focused cockpit inspired by the feel and lay-out of single-seater race cars Classic sports car drivetrain featuring 335bhp turbocharged straight-six engine with 500Nm of torque and rear-wheel drive Short wheelbase and wide track achieve the 1.55 ‘golden ratio’ for exceptional handling agility First customer deliveries from late summer 2019 First global GR model produced by Toyota Gazoo Racing The new Toyota GR Supra has been conceived as a sports car in its purest form, with no compromise that would diminish the pleasure of the driving experience. Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada has adhered to the classic form of a front-mounted, straight-six engine driving the rear wheels, building on the heritage of Toyota’s past Supra generations and original 2000GT sports car. Driving enthusiasts can look forward to an exhilarating blend of power, agility and precision handling, achieved thanks to the car’s combination of a short wheelbase and wide track, light weight, low centre of gravity and highly rigid body. The 3.0-litre engine benefits from a twin-scroll turbocharger and produces 335bhp/250kW and 500Nm of torque. Coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it is characterised by smooth and powerful acceleration, with large amounts of torque available across the full spectrum of engine speeds. Toyota Gazoo Racing was instrumental in honing the new sportscar’s performance, working extensively on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife and surrounding roads in Germany in order to achieve the most agile, stable and rewarding handling. Further extensive testing took place on roads around the world. To be certain that the car delivered on its promise, Toyota President Akio Toyoda put it to the test at the Nürburgring in his role as a Master Driver before giving it the final green light. New Toyota GR Supra customer deliveries will start from late summer 2019. All vehicles will be manufactured in Graz, Austria. Pure sports car design Even at first glance, it’s clear to see how Toyota’s great sports car heritage is referenced in the design of the new Toyota GR Supra. The landmark 2000GT’s influence in particular is evident in the long bonnet, compact body and double-bubble roof, while the distinctive look of the fourth generation Supra is captured in both the front and rear styling, in particular in the muscular rear wings and the arc of the integrated spoiler. The resemblance is more than skin-deep, though, as the new Toyota GR Supra shares the same classic sports car format of a powerful front-mounted six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive as its celebrated predecessors. The Toyota Supra’s design theme was first previewed by Toyota in the dramatic FT-1 concept car, styled by its CALTY studio in California and revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota Supra Chief Designer Nobuo Nakamura gave his team a simple brief around the concept of ‘Condensed Extreme,’ purposely avoiding any emotive words so that they were free to express their vision of a pure and individual sports car in a truly original design. “With Chief Engineer Tada pursuing driving pleasure, I knew that my mission was to create a design that would be visually and physically exciting to sports car fans,” he said. “By using a straight-six front engine, rear-wheel drive layout – something rarely seen in today’s cars – I was able to reach something beyond Toyota’s boundaries.” ‘Condensed Extreme’ refers directly the vehicle’s packaging, comprising three principal elements: a short wheelbase, large wheels and wide stance; a taut, two-seat cabin; and a long bonnet with a compact body that reflects the drivetrain combination of in-line six engine and rear-wheel drive. Nakamura envisioned a car that is indisputably modern in design, yet evokes the romance of classic sports car styling. The result approached the limits of what could be manufactured in higher volume, in particular the powerful curves of the rear wings. In the finished design, the ‘Condensed’ theme is evident in the relationship between the Toyota GR Supra’s large-diameter tyres, short wheelbase and overall length. It’s notable that the wheelbase is in fact shorter than in the Toyota GT86 coupe, and the tyres are larger. ‘Extreme’ is interpreted in the car’s wide stance, with tight cabin proportions and a wide track, contributing to a high level of manoeuvrability and stability. The design was precisely calculated to achieve both optimum drag and lift characteristics, and an ideal front/rear weight balance. For example, the double-bubble roof is not simply a heritage-inspired styling feature, it is effective in reducing drag by reducing the car’s frontal area, without sacrificing headroom in the cabin. The frontal design was inspired by the fourth generation Supra but has an even more expressive look with a low stance emphasised by a prominent central grille flanked by large air intakes that are essential for engine cooling. The distinctive headlight units have a six-lens LED arrangement incorporating the turn indicators and daytime running lights. Positioning the lamp units closer in towards the nose adds further visual volume and power to the shell-like front wings. In side view, the low bonnet generates a dynamic line that flows rearwards from the car’s low nose, while the back edge of the bonnet and the rear spoiler are set at almost the same height, linked by a low belt line. The underbody has a slight forward angle while the cabin has a strong rearward slant, with blacked-out front pillars and character lines on the side of the roof emphasising the taut, compact cabin. Sharp-looking, sturdy sills express the car’s high rigidity. In Europe, the Toyota GR Supra will be fitted as standard with lightweight but highly rigid 19-inch forged alloy wheels with alternating black and polished-finish slim spokes. At the rear, the arching lip spoiler has been optimised to suppress lift, while a trapezoidal shape to the rear bumper generates a sense of movement down and out towards the tyres. The rear combination lights have a simple internal ring arrangement, while the distinctive rear fog lights and reversing lights are formed by dot-LEDs grouped in the centre of the lower bumper. The Toyota Supra’s evocative styling will be shown to its best effect by a range of eight different colour choices for the paintwork, including strong red, yellow and blue shades. A new Matt Storm Grey finish with a matt finish and a hint of blue will be available for a special edition model, adding extra visual drama and a metal-like texture to the car’s curved surfaces. Cockpit concept: putting the driver at the centre of the action The driver’s cockpit in the new Toyota GR Supra neatly combines traditional GT elements with ultra-modern functionality. Designed to help the driver focus entirely on the business of driving, it is directly influenced by the lay-out found in single-seater race cars. The low, slim horizontal dashboard maximises the forward view through the windscreen, helping the driver place the car with precision in high-speed driving, while the principal controls are tightly grouped for quick and easy operation. The instrument panel, centre console and door trim combine in a seamless design that gives the cockpit a strong, unified feel. The shape of the cockpit flows down into soft, supportive knee pads in the door trim and on the side of the centre console, their shape calculated with the benefit of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s circuit racing experience. The head-up display, meters and paddle shifts all sit directly in front of the driver, with additional switches located on the three-spoke steering wheel. The wheel itself is contoured for excellent grip and is wrapped in leather. The 8.8-inch high-definition driver’s instrument display is clearly visible through the steering wheel, with the 3D-effect tachometer and shift indicator positioned in the centre; a digital speed read-out is to the left and infotainment and navigation information is to the right. An asymmetric centre console marks a clear division between the enveloping driver’s cockpit and the more open passenger side of the Toyota GR Supra’s cabin. Knee pads are provided here, too. The air conditioning control panel sits proud of the console, with memory-touch switches for easy operation, and an 8.8-inch central multimedia display is mounted above the console. This display can be operated as a touch screen, or by using a rotary controller. The boot space is large enough for two people’s luggage for a weekend away and can be extended with a removable panel at the back of the cabin, creating enough space for a golf bag or all the personal kit needed for a track day. Racing-inspired seats The new Toyota GR Supra’s seats have a racing-influenced design that ensures comfort at all times and excellent support, in particular if the car is being used on-track. Body-holding side bolsters are featured on the cushion and the high back, and there is an integrated head restraint. The upholstery options include leather and a combination of leather bolsters with a perforated Alcantara covering for the seat back and cushion that provides a degree of air ventilation and additional body holding performance. Engine performance The performance heart of the new Toyota GR Supra is its 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine, producing up to 335bhp/250kW and 500Nm of torque. It is fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger, high-precision direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve control that secure segment-leading torque performance from very low revs. The unit is powerful, well-balanced, smooth and light revving, with an exhilarating acceleration feel. It is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides lightning-fast up and downshifts, with short ratios selected for the lower gears; the driver can take control of gear changes using paddle shifts on the steering wheel, and can select Normal or Sport driving modes to suit their preference and the conditions. A Launch Control function enables powerful acceleration from standstill with maximum traction, helping the car move from rest to 62mph in just 4.3 seconds. Engine sound and response, shift pattern, damping, steering and active differential performance are adjusted when the driver selects Sport mode. The Vehicle Stability Control has a special ‘track’ setting that can be selected, reducing the level of system intervention so the driver has greater control of the vehicle’s dynamic performance. Active differential All versions of the Toyota GR Supra sold in the UK and Europe will be fitted with an active differential that operates both when accelerating and decelerating and can seamlessly adjust from zero to full, 100 per cent lock, with instant response. A dedicated ECU monitors a wide range of inputs, including steering wheel, throttle and brake pedal operation, engine speed and yaw rate, for appropriate triggering of the actuator. It delivers huge benefits in stability and efficiency when the tyres are reaching their performance limit. The effect is felt in all phases of cornering, with increased stability during the braking and cornering phases and then maximum grip as the driver accelerates out of the bend. Chassis designed for optimum balance A car’s exterior dimensions are the first task to consider when starting with a clean sheet of paper. Where the Toyota GR Supra is concerned, these were defined in order to prioritise the car’s agility and handling. The key calculation is the ratio between the wheelbase length and the track width. The best balance of great agility and superior stability is achieved with a ratio of between 1.5 and 1.6; achieving the 1.55 ‘golden ratio’ was thus the starting point for the Toyota GR Supra development team and the key building block on which everything else has been optimised. Intensive handling development programme High targets were set for the handling performance and these were achieved in a development programme led by Toyota Gazoo Racing that included extensive testing on a wide variety of challenging roads worldwide. The on-road testing also included sessions on race tracks, including the Nürburgring Nordschleife. High structural rigidity (greater even than the Lexus LFA supercar), a centre of gravity lower than the GT86 coupe and ideal 50:50 front/rear weight distribution were fundamental to achieving the dynamic goals, but required bold engineering decisions. For example, the desired weight balance was gained by moving the engine as far as possible rearwards, which introduced new production challenges. The high body rigidity allowed for more precise and detailed refinements to the suspension geometry and tuning of the shock absorbers. The new suspension design comprises double-joint spring MacPherson struts at the front and a five-link system at the rear. The front suspension subframe and control arm mounting points have been made extremely rigid to yield precise cornering characteristics, while the use of aluminium for the control arms and swivel bearings reduces the car’s unsprung weight, giving superior agility and efficiency. The new Toyota GR Supra also features high-performance wheel hubs with an increased camber and optimised kinematics. The electric power steering is sports-tuned and can be adjusted in Comfort and Sport steering modes. The rear suspension benefits from a similarly lightweight design for the rigid subframe and the bracing that connects it to the body, helping ensure extremely precise wheel control. The 19-inch forged alloy wheels are fitted with high grip Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. These are slightly wider at the rear than the front. The suitably powerful brakes are fitted with four-pot Brembo callipers. The first GR model to be produced by Toyota Gazoo Racing for the global market. Toyota Gazoo Racing is the umbrella organisation for Toyota’s global motorsports programme and in the past year has won both the Le Mans 24 Hours in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Manufacturers’ Championship in the FIA World Rally Championship. Its work is based on three pillars: developing people through participation in motorsport; creating fans through the excitement of motorsport; and applying the knowledge gained from motorsport to make ever-better cars for the road that are fun-to-drive. This ethos was fully embraced by Kiichiro Toyoda, the founder of Toyota’s car-making business, and is shared today by Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation President, to support the company’s commitment to building ever-better cars. Starting with the Toyota GR Supra, Toyota Gazoo Racing will transfer the technical learnings it gains from the racetrack or rally stage to the development of not just new generations of Toyota’s sports-focused GR models, but also to its wider range of vehicles, driven by tens of millions of people around the world. Supra ownership rewards Toyota GR Supra owners in the UK will enjoy a number of special benefits through a dedicated rewards programme. In recognition of their enthusiasm for the return of the Supra name, they will be given access to special Supra-themed activities, events and branded items. UK launch model range with Supra 3.0L and Supra 3.0L Pro grades The Toyota GR Supra 2019 line-up will be introduced with two high-performance grades: Supra 3.0L and Supra 3.0L Pro. At the entry point to the new model range, the Toyota GR Supra 3.0L will benefit from an all-inclusive specification that extends to high-performance features and systems to help the driver enjoy the car’s full dynamic potential. These include an active differential, Adaptive Variable Suspension, and 19-inch forged alloy wheels with a high-performance brake package. Other Supra 3.0L grade features include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go, smart entry and push-button start, steering wheel with leather trim and auxiliary switches and a digital combimeter in the driver’s instrument display. LED technology is used for the adaptive headlights, rear lights and daytime running lights, and the mirrors (door mirrors and rear-view mirror) are all auto-dimming. Further convenience is provided by rain-sensing wipers and a rear-view camera. The sports seats are upholstered in black Alcantara and are power-adjustable (including lumbar support), with integrated heating and memory functions. The infotainment specifications feature a 10-speaker audio system with 8.8-inch display, navigation system with Supra Connect (in applicable markets), Bluetooth and USB port. Safety features include Supra Safety+ package, which comprises Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Change Departure Alert, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Rear-end Collision Alert, and intelligent parking sensors with automatic braking. In addition, there is an eCall function that will send an automatic location alert to the emergency services in the event of a serious collision, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. All Toyota GR Supra models are fitted with an alarm. The Supra 3.0L Pro grade, expected to account for most of the model sales in the UK, builds the specification with black leather upholstery, 12-speaker JBL premium sound system, head-up display, wireless mobile phone charger and storage and lighting packs. Detailed specifications and prices will be announced on the dedicated Toyota GR Supra websites across Europe from today (14 January 2019). Toyota GR Supra 3.0L A90 Edition The Toyota Supra prototype made an impressive international debut when it appeared in front of the crowds of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the summer of 2018. Clothed in a head-turning black, red and white camouflage inspired by the Toyota Gazoo Racing colours, its cameo appearance echoed the heritage of the Supra’s famous ‘A’ chassis code with a new ‘A90 reference. To celebrate the Supra heritage and the introduction of the fifth generation code number, an exclusive Toyota GR Supra 3.0L A90 Edition model will be built at launch, with production strictly limited to just 24 examples for UK customers. The A90 Edition will be finished in a dramatic new Storm Grey matt paint finish, equipped with matt black alloy wheels and a driver’s cockpit upholstered in red leather. In other aspects, its equipment specification will match the Supra 3.0L Pro model. The Toyota GR Supra 3.0L A90 Edition will be offered to all UK customers who have placed a pre-sales reservation. The first to convert their reservation into a vehicle order will have the option to specify a Supra A90 Edition as their model choice. UK Supra pricing and ordering process Order books open tomorrow (15 January) for the new Toyota GR Supra in the UK. Those customers who have already secured reservations will be able to progress with an order for their preferred model grade and colour. Toyota retailers each have a dedicated Supra champion who will offer customers a personalised service, discussing their individual preferences and options to secure the car that is right for them. The on-the-road prices are: – Toyota GR Supra 3.0L £52,695 Toyota GR Supra 3.0L Pro £54,000 Toyota GR Supra 3.0L A90 Edition £56,945 Toyota President Akio Toyoda welcomes the new Toyota GR Supra Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who is also a Master Driver, said: “Back in the day, I spent countless hours driving an old Supra at the Nürburgring to become a Master Driver. Supra is like an old friend that holds a special place in my heart. While other manufacturers were putting their beautiful new prototypes which they were going to introduce through their paces, I was driving an old Supra, just like a lot of other die-hard Supra fans around the world. I secretly wanted to make it happen. The new GR Supra was born through testing at the Nürburgring, and I can honestly say that it is a car that is fun to drive and better than ever.” Toyota GR Supra technical specifications ENGINE Type 6 cylinders, in-line Valve mechanism 24-valve DOHC with variable valve control and variable camshaft timing Fuel system Direct injection Supercharging Single twin-scroll turbo Displacement (cc) 2,998 Bore x stroke (mm) 82.0 x 94.6 Compression ratio 11.0:1 Max. power (bhp/kW @ rpm) 335/250 @ 5.000 – 6.500 Max. torque (Nm @ rpm) 500 @ 1,600 – 4,500 Emissions level Euro 6d TRANSMISSION Type 8-speed automatic Gear ratios (:1) 1st 5.250 2nd 3.360 3rd 2.172 4th 1.720 5th 1.316 6th 1.000 7th 0.822 8th 0.640 Reverse 3.712 Final drive 3.150 PERFORMANCE Power to weight ratio (kg per kW) 6 Max. speed (mph) 155 (electronically limited) 0-62mph acceleration (sec) 4.3 FUEL CONSUMPTION & EMISSIONS All fuel consumption figures TBC TBC Fuel tank capacity (l) 52 CO2 emissions – NEDC correlated (g/km) 170 SUSPENSION Front suspension Double joint sprung strut axle in aluminium-steel construction with hydraulically damped torque strut bearings Rear suspension 5-link axle in lightweight aluminium-steel construction STEERING Type Rack and pinion, electric power steering Overall ratio 15.1:1 Min. turning circle (m) 11 BRAKES Front (diameter x thickness, mm) Ventilated discs, 348 x 36, with 4-pot fixed callipers Rear (diameter x thickness, mm) Ventilated discs, 345 x 24, with single-pot floating callipers TYRES Type Michelin Pilot Super Sport Front 255/35 ZR 19 96Y Rear 275/35 ZR 19 100Y DIMENSIONS Overall length (mm) 4,379 Overall width (mm) 1,854 Overall height (mm) 1,292 Wheelbase (mm) 2,470 Front track (mm) 1,594 Rear track (mm) 1,589 Load space – VDA (l) 290 WEIGHTS Kerb weight – minus driver (kg) 1,495 Kerb weight – ECE (kg) 1,570 Gross vehicle weight (kg) 1,815
  2. It’s not as though our Winters are getting colder or that we are experiencing longer spells of a Winter freeze, but when it does go below zero then we can reasonably expect to encounter a range of problems that may not have been there beforehand. Here are a few tips to help your car cope with the colder climate and ensure your journey is trouble-free. Screen Wash This can be a costly item to replace if a quality screen wash has not been used. Replacement usually involves removing the front bumper to fit a new reservoir if it has cracked due to the water freezing and the pump can also suffer the same fate. A quality screen wash solution contains an antifreeze agent which when mixed to the correct ratio can prevent damage to the reservoir, jets, hoses and pump. More importantly is the safety factor of being able to see where you are going with a clear screen from when you start off ! Wiper Blades Always ensure that you switch off the automatic wiper function when leaving the car overnight. Once the ignition is switched on then the wipers may activate and destroy the blades or even the linkage, which can be a very expensive replacement. Also, ensure that the blades are in good condition to cope with the extra burden of clearing the windscreen in cold and wet conditions. Battery & Charging Batteries are more likely to fail during the Winter months due to the cold temperatures. Additionally, there is more strain on a battery when the engine and oil are colder. Sometimes, in extremely cold conditions, it helps to depress the clutch when turning the engine over as this disengages the transmission and allows the engine to turn over easier. Ensure the alternator is capable of keeping the battery charged at an optimum level by testing the charge rate. Also, check the drivebelt is also in good condition and tensioned correctly. Tyres These are one of the least maintained items of the car. Considering they have such an important job to do and also considering they have such a small footprint on the road surface, driving in icy conditions demand that the tyres are in a safe, and legal condition and to the correct pressures to ensure a safe trip. Engine Coolant If the antifreeze content is low then this can create major expensive damage to the engine and associated components. When ice forms, it expands and this can crack radiators, engine castings and even freeze components such as the waterpump (which can be part of the camshaft timing belt assembly). Ensure that the antifreeze content is to the correct ratio and sufficient enough to cope with freezing temperatures by having it tested. Lighting The lighting system is vital during Winter months, not only for safety reasons but also for the legal aspect. You may not use your headlights much when driving in the Summer but chances are that most of your journeys during the Winter are in the dark mornings and evenings. Fuel System The cold temperatures can have an effect on the fuel system, although mainly with Diesel engines. Problems such as the Diesel fuel waxing and any water content freezing in the fuel filter. Allow extra time for the glow plugs to operate and replace any that are failing. Heating and Ventilation Ensuring that the cabin filter is replaced and the air conditioning system is functioning correctly can assist in the windscreen remaining clear for the duration of your journey. Brakes Make sure that the braking system has been checked periodically as it will need to be in good working order to cope with the colder temperatures. Brakes don’t tend to be too effective until some heat has been generated in the friction lining material, so don’t brake heavily until they have warmed up. ABS is obviously vital when driving in slippery conditions to ensure that there are no warning lights on the dashboard and if possible, check the operation of the system. Stay Safe this Winter with a Winter Health Check at your Toyota Dealer Let the experts check your Toyota to make sure it’s ready for every drive Request a Winter Health Check
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  5. For humanitarian aid workers working in remote areas, reliable transport is essential and workers must be confident that their vehicle and the essential supplies on board can get them to their destination and back to base again without difficulty There are some important lessons in vehicle maintenance from these expeditions that can be learnt by anyone planning a serious off road trip. Toyota Western, a dealer in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, got together with engineering experts, Arctic Trucks, the all-terrain masterminds who were behind the Toyota Hilux Arctic Truck AT38 that conquered the North Pole, to give insights into the secrets of expedition vehicle maintenance. Russell Drew and Nick Cranfield, with 34 years of experience in expeditionary vehicle maintenance between them, advise: “If you and your equipment cannot reach your destination then you might as well remain at home. There are various scenarios which could jeopardise an expedition or field mission and expertise is only ever as useful as the vehicle you are travelling in. Here are Russell and Nick’s top 10 tips for effective expeditionary vehicle maintenance. Always conduct a ‘First Parade Check’ of the vehicle before use. Then, throughout the day carry out periodic checks. The nature of the terrain being traversed will determine the frequency of short stop checks. At the end of the day, or after use, the vehicle should be inspected, all fluids topped up and any damage or faults repaired and spare parts sourced. Doing this at the end of the day means you and your vehicle are prepared should you need to make a fast move during the night or early morning. Pay particular attention to tyre management. Off-road vehicles normally carry one spare, so tyres must be checked to ensure they are inflated to the correct pressure and have sustained no damage. Incorrect pressures increase fuel consumption, can affect vehicle handling and stability and make the tyres more susceptible to wear and tear. Regularly check tyre pressures and know when to over-inflate or deflate them to suit the terrain. As a rule of thumb, deflate the tyres to a lower pressure for surfaces such as sand and mud, as this gives a larger contact patch for better grip in these conditions. Remember to re-inflate the tyres when you return to normal road conditions though. Know your vehicle. You need to know which oils and fluids are specific to your vehicle. All fluid levels must be at maximum, not somewhere in between maximum and minimum. Keeping them fully topped up ensures the systems don’t become starved on rough terrain and provides the driver with a benchmark. A measurable pointer that can be monitored to indicate oil or coolant consumption can be useful. Inspect and test the vehicle’s tool kit regularly. Where does the jack go? Does it work? Can you remove all the wheelnuts if necessary? Can you remove the spare wheel and is it fit for purpose? Undo all the wheel nuts and retighten. Ensure you know that you can remove any wheel if necessary. Replace locking wheelnuts, which add complexity, with standard wheelnuts. Think about what would happen if you run out of fuel. Are there any special procedures to bleed and restart the fuel system? What measures can you take to prevent contaminated fuel from damaging the major engine components? After all, you may be in a situation where you have no choice but to refuel from a jerry can or a dubious fuel source. Identify the location of your fuse box and relays and carry spare fuses. If you need to, you can replace a fuse and can ‘borrow’ one from another circuit – for example, if the wiper fuse blows, it can be replaced with rear fog light fuse. Ensure you replace with a fuse of the same or lower current rating, because failure to do this can result in major component failure or, at worst, a vehicle wiring fire. Always check the recovery points on a vehicle. Identify the tie-down points and correct towing points (known as the rated recovery points). Are they fit for purpose? Recovery points can get damaged in rough terrain; you may need to consider alternative attachment points that will not damage the vehicle. Will the shackles in your vehicle’s kit fit the recovery points when you need them in an emergency? Secure all cargo inside the vehicle. All personal kit, supplies and vehicle recovery equipment must be strapped down. When ascending or descending slopes, loose kit can become a missile in a vehicle. Secure the cargo to avoid injury to the driver and passengers and damage to the vehicle interior by a hard object such as a case containing tools becoming airborne. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. Get the basics right and the rest will follow easily. Just as you would carry a first aid kit in case of emergency, remember, the vehicle could save your life, so respect it. Carry enough basic kit to repair it, including a tyre repair kit and spare auxiliary drive belt and know how to use it all. As you progress on your drive, identify areas where potential repairs could be carried locally. Mark them on a navigation log – you may need to revisit them in the future. Vehicle selection is paramount. The first questions are: what vehicle is everyone using and why? The abundance of Toyotas throughout the developing world will indicate the key points of your vehicle selection. They are more reliable, less complicated and spares are easily acquired, even in remote areas. The Hilux and Land Cruiser models can often be maintained without the need for diagnostic equipment and therefore the complex cascade faults that can compromise a vehicle’s ability to perform in an arduous environment are eliminated.
  6. Toyota (GB) plc is joining the unique Pomeroy Trophy event at Silverstone in 2019, and is inviting enthusiasts of the brand to come along and join in the action. Run in the UK since 1952 by the Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC), the Pomeroy Trophy pits cars of all types and from all eras against each other using a unique series of calculations to ensure all are judged equally. The only strict requirement is that any car entering must be road legal. For more than half a century the men and women behind the Pomeroy Trophy have awarded the winning car the accolade of best touring car, or all-rounder. Next year, in conjunction with the main contest, Toyota GB and the VSCC are inviting any road-going Toyota to join an exclusive event to be held in tandem with the main Pomeroy Trophy on Saturday 16 February. The mission is to find the UK’s best Toyota by bringing together brand enthusiasts for one memorable event. The new event is called the Parallel Pomeroy Trophy and will take place on the same day at Silverstone, using elements of the same tests, and be assessed by the same judges, as the Pomeroy Trophy itself. Competitors will participate in a minimum of six assessed challenges. A competition licence isn’t required to take part, but a road driving licence is a necessity. The Parallel Pomeroy Trophy’s handicap formula used to determine the scoring will take into account factors such as a car’s engine capacity, its year of manufacture and the times recorded on the tests. This year, Toyota took two Yaris GRMNs and a classic Corona model to Silverstone to compete in the Pomeroy Trophy. The sheer breadth and variety of cars participating make this an event like no other. There’s no limit on vehicle age, nor is the competition specific to a select few models. Scott Brownlee, Toyota GB’s Head of PR and Social Media, said: “The Pomeroy Trophy is an amazing competition that takes in cars of any age. The fact that a Yaris GRMN and a 1966 Corona could take part in the same event tells you all you need to know about what a fun, different event the Pomeroy Trophy is. “We had a great time at this year’s event and we want Toyota enthusiasts to join us in February 2019. Whether you have a Supra, Celica, MR2 or even a Crown, we’d really like to see at least one of every model joining in. We want to provide a platform for all the Toyota car clubs to come together at the same event and have a good time.” Regulations for the Parallel Pomeroy Trophy can be downloaded from the VSCC’s website at and entries can be made via email or post. The entry fee is £30 and proceeds will go to Toyota GB’s chosen charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.
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    Anyone know of any good car movies in the pipeline? Been a bit dry on the car movies front lately...watched all the old ones, looking for something new and inspiring...any thoughts?