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  1. Toyota today unveils a series of upgrades for the new 2023 Rav4, a raft of enhancements that focus on improving life on board with new multimedia systems and a customisable new digital driver’s instrument display. Safety is enhanced, too, with new functions added to the Toyota Safety Sense systems The changes are rolled out across the full range of hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric models, making the world’s original and best-selling recreational SUV an even more desirable proposition. New multimedia system The new Rav4 adopts Toyota’s latest multimedia system which features a larger,10.5-inch screen with a high-definition colour display. The standard system provides cloud-based navigation that allows for accurate journey planning with information that’s constantly updated, plus live details of traffic and road events and how easy or hard it might be to find a parking place near your destination. Thanks to the included four-year over-the-air “Smart Service” data package, customers can access Toyota’s latest multimedia and navigation systems without having to pair their smartphones to the vehicle. The user experience is seamless with the accompanying MyT smartphone app, so customers can keep track of various vehicle information, such as driving analytics, fuel levels, warnings and “find my car” function. There’s also the time-saving convenience of being able to use the app to book service and maintenance appointments at Toyota centres. Smartphone integration with Android Auto® is available and for added convenience, wireless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay® is featured as standard. There are more ways to communicate with your car using the new on-board voice agent that will respond to spoken requests to adjust the climate control, choose multimedia options, make a phone call, or open and close the windows. “Hey Toyota” is designed to understand conversational speech, so if you say “I’m cold” it will respond by closing the windows or raising the air conditioning temperature. A further, optional multimedia system is also available, offering additional functions. It introduces an embedded navigation system that will operate when no data connection is available. It also recognises highway signs and can provide local weather alerts and notify the driver of restricted LEZs (low emission zones). Remote services The new Rav4 comes with more remote functions the driver can make use of without having to be in or near their vehicle. The familiar worries about whether you have left a window open, the doors unlocked or the lights on after you’ve walked away from your car are addressed with remote notifications to confirm the vehicle is secure. This feature is standard on all new RAV4 models. You can also lock and unlock the doors – a handy feature if someone without a key needs access, for example to drop off a parcel or to clean the car. The hazard lights can also be flashed, making the vehicle easier to spot in a big or busy car park. These features are newly standard on mid-grade models, together with remote operation of the climate control to warm up or cool the cabin before making a journey. New digital combimeter It’s a feature of all new Toyota models that the driver can view and take in key vehicle data at-a-glance, so there is least distraction from their focus on driving and the road ahead. The new RAV4 introduces a new digital combimeter in the instrument binnacle that comes with flexible display settings. There is a choice of four styles and three layouts and personalisation options for the 12.3-inch display so the driver can choose the most relevant information needed between the numerical speedometer and digital dials, as well as other information such as an eco-driving meter, audio track information, or Adaptive Cruise Control display, among others. These layouts are presented in four different style themes for a more customised look-and-feel: Casual, Smart, Sport and Tough. The new unit is standard on all grades apart from the entry-level Icon model which uses a 7-inch version of the combimeter. Enhanced Toyota Safety Sense The new RAV4 gains enhanced Toyota Safety Sense functions that can warn the driver and help avoid a wider range of common road accident risks. The Pre-Collision System (PCS) gains intersection support that can help with safer turns at junctions. It will detect if the car is about to cross the path of any oncoming traffic, and if there are any pedestrians crossing the road into which the vehicle is moving, alerting the driver and, if necessary, initiating braking control to help avoid an impact. Emergency Steering Assist is also newly provided, helping the driver avoid a pedestrian who has stepped into the road, while keeping the car under control and within its traffic lane. On the RAV4 Plug-in, the system will also recognise and react to bicycles and parked vehicles. The RAV4 Plug-in’s PCS also gains the ability to detect oncoming vehicles in the car’s traffic lane and reduce the risk of a head-to-head collision. New exterior colour A new Platinum White Pearl exterior colour is being introduced for all grades of the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid and Hybrid. Dynamic grade will see the introduction of a Platinum White Pearl bi-tone with Midnight Black Metallic for both variants. Production of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 will begin during the third quarter of this year.
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  3. Wheel bolt fault could result in wheels coming loose Toyota has issued a global recall for its bZ4X fully-electric SUV following an issue with its wheel bolts. The global recall was made amid fears the wheel bolts could work loose 'in certain situations'. The first UK examples are due to be delivered to owners in the next couple of weeks but the recall will delay on customer delivery. The Japanese recall notices states: “The hub bolt may loosen due to repeated sharp turns and sudden braking. Therefore, if you continue to drive in that state, abnormal noise will be generated, and in the worst case, the tyres may fall off.” A spokesman at Toyota UK said: “The issues weren’t in the UK, but rather than just recall the cars there, we’ve taken the safety decision to recall all cars globally. The problem is to do with the wheel bolts which can work loose in certain situations. Customer cars here haven’t been delivered yet, so all cars affected will be sorted first. This may delay delivery” Original Article Source: https://garagewire.co.uk/news/must-read/toyota-recalls-bz4x-amid-concerns-wheels-could-fall-off/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News&utm_content=News+CID_152bc6a265da8d01a1c5dd6fe397cf35&utm_source=Email marketing software&utm_term=Toyota recalls bZ4X amid concerns wheels could fall off
  4. Toyota Gazoo Racing stormed to victory in the 90th Le Mans 24 Hours yesterday (Sunday) to extend their winning run in the legendary race to five. Sébastian Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa drove a brilliant race in their No8 GR010 Hybrid, completing 380 laps before taking the chequered flag. The team’s fourth one-two finish at Le Mans was completed with last year’s winners Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria López coming home 2 minutes 1.222 seconds behind in their No7 car. Buemi’s fourth win sets a new victory record for Swiss drivers, while Harley’s third triumph makes him New Zealand’s most successful Le Mans driver. A first win for Hirakawa in his third Le Mans and first for Toyota Gazoo Racing, makes him the fifth Japanese driver to have stood on the top spot on the podium. The two GR010 Hybrid hypercars were the class of the field. They engaged in a close battle at the front, with the lead changing hands several times as the race ebbed and flowed, with traffic, slow zones and the changing quality of the track all coming into play. For most of 16 hours’ racing, the cars were running just a few seconds apart. The race changed definitively on lap 256, when López pulled the race-leading No7 Toyota to the side of the track following an issue with the front motor. He performed a system reset and was able to return to the puts where the issue was resolved and the car could return to the track running at normal speed, albeit almost a lap behind Hartley, the new leader. With the cars closely matched in performance, that deficit proved too great, despite López setting the fastest lap of the race during the final half hour. Hartley, who had set a spectacular last-minute poke position in qualifying, had the honour of taking the chequered flag after to complete a gruelling 3,217 miles. The result earned double points towards the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship. Toyota Gazoo Racing are at the top of the manufacturers’ standings after three races, 22 points ahead of Alpine. The drivers’ championship is wide open, with the No8 Toyota Gazoo Racing crew just three points ahead of the leading Alpine trio; the No7 drivers are 20 points behind. The fight for honours will resume in four weeks’ time at the 6 Hours of Monza in Italy, on 10 July. Team quotes Kamui Kobayashi (Team Principal and driver, car No7): “Congratulations to Sébastien, Brendon, Ryo and the car #8 crew. Unfortunately we had a problem in the early morning and that cost us the race lead. We were fighting with car No8 for a long time and we were so close. We had a really good race apart from that, so it’s a pity that it happened. That’s how it goes in a 24-hour race sometimes. It’s a credit to Toyota Gazoo Racing that we came back on track and finished on the same lap. Thanks to Mike and José, and the whole car crew, for the big effort this week. I appreciate the effort from everyone in the team; we came to Le Mans with the target of a one-two finish and we achieved that.” Mike Conway (Driver, car No7): “I don’t think this place likes us very much; there is always something. I know we won last year but we’ve had some tough times here. Congratulations to our team-mates in car No8, particularly Ryo. To win it on your first attempt is something else. It’s always a pleasure to work with Kamui and José and we gave our all for the Le Mans victory but unfortunately we came up short. But it’s a great one-two for the team and the fifth win in a row for Toyota Gazoo Racing, which is something to be proud of. I’d like to say a big thanks to all the team, at Higashi-Fuji and Cologne. There is still a World Championship to fight for and we have three races to go, so that’s on my mind right now and we will keep pushing.” José María López (Driver, car No7): “It hurts to miss the Le Mans win. We are all competitive people and we want to win, but we also have to know how to take defeat and be happy for the team, particularly with this one-two result for Toyota Gazoo Racing. Congratulations to car No8; they did a great job. We had an almost perfect race and this explains the big gap to our Hypercar competitors, who all had some trouble. We managed everything to perfection. We showed we had the speed in the car and the will to win so to face an issue is tough. But thanks to the team for getting the car going again and allowing us to keep fighting. It’s good to be part of a one-two for Toyota Gazoo Racing at Le Mans.” Sébastien Buemi (Driver, car No8): “It’s hard for me to express myself after that race because it’s just an amazing feeling, especially to be in the centre of the podium with Ryo and Brendon. It is fantastic that we were able to win together with Ryo in his first Le Mans as part of the No8 car. He has done such a great job and I’d like to congratulate him for his performance. The whole team, and our crew, executed a perfect race without any mistakes and no damage to the car. It’s an incredible feeling to win Le Mans for the fourth time, and the fifth time for Toyota Gazoo Racing. It will take a little bit of time before it sinks in because it’s hard to realise what we achieved today.”   Brendon Hartley (Driver, car No8): “It’s a great achievement to get a one-two at Le Mans for Toyota Gazoo Racing. It was a great feeling to be behind the wheel for qualifying and to get pole position, and it was even more special to take the race finish. It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that and I was overwhelmed with emotions when I crossed the line. During the whole race you are trying not to think about the finish because we have seen what can happen in the last laps, particularly with Toyota. So when you cross the line, all the emotions come out and it’s a great feeling. I am so happy for Ryo, who has integrated really well. We love him and he is a strong part of the team already. We also have a great relationship with the car No7 crew and it was fun to battle so hard with them for most of the race. We were flat-out for so long but after they had their problem we backed off and took minimal risk.” Ryo Hirakawa (Driver, car No8): “It’s an honour to join the list of legends who have won Le Mans. To be honest, I still cannot believe my dream has come true today. It was such a close race for so long and we had such a great fight with car No7. Thank you to Sébastien and Brendon who have helped me a lot since I joined the team; it is an honour to drive in the same car as them. It is fantastic to have a one-two in my first Le Mans for Toyota Gazoo Racing and this is thanks to the hard work of the whole team. We had a perfect strategy, great pit stops and a race without any problems; I don’t think we could have done more.” Le Mans 24 Hours – Result 1st No8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                                   380 laps                   2nd No7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                                       +2mins 1.222secs                     3rd No709 Glickenhaus Racing (Briscoe/Westbrook/Mailleux) +5 laps                        4th No708 Glickenhaus Racing (Pla/Dumas/Derani)              +10 laps                       5th No38 JOTA (Gonzalez/Da Costa/Stevens)                       +11 laps                        6th No9 Prema Orlen Team (Kubica/Deletraz/Colombo)          +11 laps                       
  5. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing held the world premiere today of the GR Corolla RZ and GR Corolla Morizo Edition. The GR Corolla RZ is the Japanese-market trim level of the all-new GR Corolla unveiled in April.
  6. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s challenge for the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours got under way with a productive official test day at the Circuit de la Sarthe With only one chance to evaluate the GR010 HYBRID Hypercar at Le Mans before race week, the test day is critical to preparations as the team aims for a fifth successive victory and it made efficient use of the two four-hour sessions. Gathering data on car and tyre behaviour was the top priority, meaning single lap times were not a consideration. Nevertheless, last year’s winners Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López set the fastest lap time of the day, 3mins 29.896secs, in their #7 GR010 HYBRID. Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa, in the #8 car, were third quickest, just 0.594secs behind. The first team members arrived at the track more than a week ago to install garage and working facilities. The complete crew has been on site since Friday, when the cars were prepared for Saturday’s scrutineering in the city centre, which took place in front of an enthusiastic crowd after a two-year absence. Following several days of hot weather and thunderstorms, the test day began at 9am on Sunday in cooler temperatures under a grey sky. Mike and Ryo had the honour of taking their respective cars on to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time in 2022 to begin an intensive programme of preparation. The 13.626km circuit consists partly of public roads which were only closed on Sunday morning, so track conditions evolved significantly during the day as debris was cleared off the surface. This was gradually replaced by fresh tyre rubber that offered more grip. The 2022-specification GR010 HYBRID, which features different wheel sizes and aerodynamic adjustments compared to its World Champion predecessor, had never driven at La Sarthe prior to test day. Drivers and team worked relentlessly to compare and optimise aerodynamic, mechanical and control settings. The #7 crew finished the morning on top thanks to a lap from José. Brendon’s best effort in the #8 GR010 HYBRID put them third, with Ryo experiencing the GR010 HYBRID Hypercar at Le Mans for the first time in real life, although his preparation included testing on the driving simulator. The #8 driver line-up was completed in the afternoon when Sébastien joined following his Formula E race in Indonesia on Saturday. Sunshine returned to La Sarthe for the second session and the team’s programme continued to progress smoothly as the focus switched to tyre compound comparisons. The #7 car was again fastest following a lap from José with Ryo’s lap in the #8 achieving third place. By the end of the day, the two GR010 HYBRID Hypercars had completed a combined 2,861km over 210 laps, with both completing more laps than any others in the 62-car field. On-track action will resume on Wednesday with five hours of free practice over two sessions, plus one hour of qualifying. Kamui Kobayashi (Driver, car #7): “It went well and we had a smooth day with no problems. This is only the beginning of the event and the track conditions will evolve over the next week. We spent the day checking various systems and preparing ourselves so we can adjust the set-up as the conditions change. Our car was designed for Le Mans and the balance felt good right away but we’ll see how the picture looks next week. I am looking forward to it.” Mike Conway (Driver, car #7): “We’ve been here in Le Mans a few days already so it was nice to be on track and get started. The test day went well and we had a decent balance straight out of the box. We got through our programme, trying a few different set-ups and seeing what we can improve. There have been some changes to our car since last time we drove here and the hybrid deployment speed is different as well, so it was good to get some laps in.” José María López (Driver, car #7): “The first day went fine and we ran without problems. We were working through different settings for the aerodynamics, the ride heights and other things, as well as looking at the different tyre compounds. We try to understand all these elements as much as we can and work to improve. The car felt, as always here at Le Mans, very nice to drive but we still have a long week ahead of us and we need to get our heads down and keep working.” Sébastien Buemi (Driver, car #8): “I was happy to be able to do quite a few laps today despite the long journey back from Indonesia. Thanks to the team for letting me have plenty of laps during the afternoon session. I enjoyed being back at Le Mans; we didn’t have any issues and we got lucky with the weather. We will look at all the data and see what we can improve for Wednesday.” Brendon Hartley (Driver, car #8): “It was great to see the fans at scrutineering after a couple of years without this tradition. The atmosphere is already building one week before the race and it felt nice to be back on track at Le Mans. We spent a lot of time in the last months preparing for this. It’s clear that the GR010 HYBRID was made for this track, where it feels most at home, so it is always a pleasure to drive it here. It looks very competitive at the front and we are in the mix.” Ryo Hirakawa (Driver, car #8): “This was my first day in the GR010 HYBRID at Le Mans and I enjoyed it. I was positively surprised how good the car feels on this track; it was designed for Le Mans and it felt amazing. I enjoyed every lap and now I am looking forward to racing with this car. We did a lot of testing and analysing to be prepared for next week. I feel quite comfortable already but I still have areas to improve step-by-step. So far, so good and we will just keep working like this in race week.” Morning Session: 1st #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 3mins 31.626secs 50 laps 2nd #708 Glickenhaus Racing (Pla/Dumas/Derani) +0.109secs 26 laps 3rd #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +0.351secs 53 laps 4th #709 Glickenhaus Racing (Briscoe/Westbrook/Mailleux) +0.996secs 39 laps 5th #36 Alpine Elf Team (Negaro/Lapierre/Vaxiviere) +1.167secs 41 laps 6th #38 JOTA (Gonzalez/Da Costa/Stevens) +2.338secs 49 laps Afternoon Session: 1st #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 3min 29.896secs 54 laps 2nd #708 Glickenhaus Racing (Pla/Dumas/Derani) +0.208secs 51 laps 3rd #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +0.594secs 53 laps 4th #709 Glickenhaus Racing (Briscoe/Westbrook/Mailleux) +0.926secs 40 laps 5th #22 United Autosports USA (Hanson/Albuquerque/Owen) +2.203secs 48 laps 6th #38 JOTA (Gonzalez/Da Costa/Stevens) +2.486secs 45 laps
  7. Toyota strengthens style, technology, performance and driving appeal across the Corolla range for 2023 Refreshed design with new exterior features and colours and harmonised new interior trims, upholsteries and finishes New fifth generation Toyota hybrid electric technology, delivering more power and performance and a greater driving experience Enhanced digital user experience Customisable 12.3-inch combimeter New 10.5-inch multimedia display Cloud-based navigation and voice agent Toyota T-Mate package includes latest generation Toyota Safety Sense plus new Blind Spot Monitor with Safe Exit Assist and Rear Seat Reminder System Motorsport-inspired Corolla GR Sport gains more exclusive design features A Corolla for everyone Few cars could have a better foundation for success than the Toyota Corolla, a nameplate that has appeared on more vehicles worldwide than any other. Although Corolla has been around for more than half a century, it has always kept pace with changes in motorists’ needs and preferences. That’s how it has come to achieve world record sales of more than 50 million across 12 generations since 1966. This ability to adapt with the times is just as evident today with the announcement of the new Corolla. While the visible exterior and interior updates are an evolution of the 12th generation Corolla’s design, more significant changes have been made to the powertrain and electronics. With fresh styling, the introduction of fifth generation hybrid electric technology, a comprehensively upgraded digital user experience and an extended range of Toyota T-Mate safety and assistance features, the new Corolla is equipped to strengthen its role as a core volume model for Toyota in Europe. Its enduring appeal is reflected in the fact it has just achieved its highest market share in Europe in its history and is Toyota’s second best-selling model in the region. The Corolla Hatchback, Touring Sports wagon and (non-UK) Saloon will be joined by an SUV – Corolla Cross – in the second half of this year. This breadth of choice ensures the top body style choices in different markets across Europe are catered for, each one benefiting from the same high levels of quality design and technology. Corolla also retains a competitive advantage in being the only model range in its segment to offer full hybrid electric power, technology that delivers the kind of fuel efficiency and zero emission driving capability that are fast-growing priorities for customers. Full details of the UK model range, specifications and prices will be announced later. Fresh design Each Corolla body type has its own look and appeal. The new range gains a more refined and contemporary appearance with changes to the front grille mesh pattern, fog light bezels and alloy wheel designs. Higher grades of the hatchback and Touring Sports models gain new bi-LED headlights with an Adaptive High-beam System (AHS). The exterior paint choices include new colours inspired by current trends in architecture, product design and fashion. Juniper Blue is the new key colour for the hatchback and Touring Sports, with a vibrant, flaring tone. When viewed close-up, it reveals red undertones which create a fresh effect with subtle changes in colour. Metallic Grey is a timeless shade with wide appeal, its appeal enhanced by dark silver flakes in the paint. For the interior, the mood is more modern and premium with new graphics, trims and embossed patterns that add three-dimensional depth and tactile appeal to the upholsteries, surfaces and finishes. The trim and seat upholstery combinations follow new Dark and Light Harmony themes with co-ordinated colours and finishes to give the cabin a contemporary, elegant feel. Fifth generation Toyota full hybrid electric technology (1) The new Corolla features the fifth generation of Toyota’s world-leading self-charging, full hybrid electric system. As with the current model, 1.8 and 2.0-litre hybrid systems are available, both benefiting from significant changes to their engine and electric motor that enhance the driving experience with extra power, improved performance and drivability, with unchanged or lower CO2 emissions (depending on the powertrain). The power control unit (PCU) and transaxle motor have been redesigned and the lithium-ion battery is more powerful, yet smaller and lighter (mass reduced by up to 18kg). Total power from the 1.8-litre system is 138bhp, bringing a 1.7-second reduction in the 0-62mph time to 9.2 seconds. Despite this performance increase, CO2 emissions are expected to be unchanged at 102g/km. For the 2.0-litre system, total output has risen to 193bhp and almost half a second has been shaved from the 0-62mph time, taking it down to 7.5 seconds. A reduction of 3g/km in the combined cycle CO2 figure is expected, to 107g/km. Improved drivability and acceleration feel Further steps have been taken to deliver acceleration that feels natural and rewarding to the driver. Previously, the focus was on linear acceleration; now, recalibration of the hybrid control has produced acceleration that more closely mirrors the driver’s intention and their use of the throttle pedal, producing the appropriate G-sensation and an intuitive feel. This has been achieved with a reduction in engine speed during acceleration. Powertrain noise under acceleration has also been quietened. The user experience The new Corolla adopts Toyota’s latest digital and multimedia features, designed for a better user experience and future-proofed so that new features and upgrades can be introduced with seamless over-the-air updates. The enlarged, 10.5-inch multimedia display presents graphics in high definition and has an anti-glare screen, ensuring excellent visibility in all lighting conditions. From mid-range models, the driver’s instrument display has a new 12.3-inch combimeter that can be customised to the driver’s preference in four different modes: Casual, Smart, Sport and Tough. Cars come with an inclusive four years’ access to Toyota Smart Connect or Toyota Smart Connect+ (according to model grade), giving access to “always on” cloud navigation and real-time traffic and journey information. The driver can also make use of a new on-board voice agent that recognises natural, conversational requests to operate the multimedia, or vehicle functions such as opening or closing windows. In addition, a number of remote services are available using the MyT app, allowing drivers to use their smartphone to lock or unlock their car, operate the climate control to heat or cool the cabin prior to a journey, activate the hazard lights and locate their vehicle. Enhanced safety and driver assistance The new Corolla is equipped with Toyota T-Mate, which combines the latest generation Toyota Safety Sense package with other active driving and parking assistance systems which not only make driving easier and safer, but also help protect all the vehicle’s occupants and other road users. Improvements in the operation and functionality of the systems include Acceleration Suppression, which reacts to sudden use of the accelerator when travelling at low speed; collision avoidance support when making a turn at an intersection; Emergency Steering Assist that can now react to oncoming vehicles; lateral collision avoidance and curve speed reduction. Over-the-air software updates will keep the functions up-to-date and enable new ones to be added as they become available during the vehicle’s lifetime. The Toyota T-Mate features include a Safe Exit Assist system. This will trigger a warning if it detects a door being opened into the path of a vehicle or cyclist approaching from the rear. There is also a new Rear Seat Reminder which will alert the driver before they leave their car that they may need to check if they have left something on the back seats. Corolla GR Sport Since its introduction in 2020, the GR Sport grade has proved highly successful in delivering a sportier profile for Corolla and extending the car’s appeal, in particular helping attract new customers to the Toyota brand. More than 20,000 have been sold across Europe to date. Inspired by the world championship-winning success of Toyota Gazoo Racing in race and rally competition, the GR Sport has a more powerful look that accentuates Corolla’s sharp, dynamic styling with unique exterior and interior design elements. The new Corolla GR Sport has new-design 18-inch machined alloy wheels and a new-look rear bumper and under-guard. The seats have a fresh finish with the GR logo embossed in the headrest and a new micro-hexagon pattern in the silver ribbons along the edge of the bolster and cushion. The GR logo is also added to the push-button starter. The new Corolla range will go on sale in Europe during the first quarter of 2023. (1) All data are tentative and subject to homologation.
  8. Just checked the latest Entry List for the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours and it only shows two cars entered (no. 7 and no. 😎 N° - HYPERCAR - NAT - TYRES - CAR - MISC - Driver - #1 Driver - #2 Driver - #3 5 7 WEC TOYOTA GAZOO RACING JPN M Toyota GR010 - Hybrid Hybrid Mike Conway (GBR) P Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) P Jose Maria Lopez (ARG) P 8 WEC TOYOTA GAZOO RACING JPN M Toyota GR010 - Hybrid Hybrid Sébastien Buemi (CHE) P Brendon Hartley (NZL) P Ryo Hirakawa (JPN) P Leaving on the ferry on Tuesday for the week (although the wife says why are you going for a week when the race is on for only 24 hours) and looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere after a three year absence 🙂
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  10. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s mighty GR DKR Hilux T1+, which conquered the Arabian desert dunes to win this year’s Dakar Rally, will be one of the motor sports stars of the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed The racing pick-up is appearing at the festival for the first time since winning the world’s toughest rally on its debut in January. In a rare festival “double” it will be appearing on both the Forest Stage and the Hillclimb, piloted by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s double-Dakar champions Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel, who are also making their first Goodwood appearance. It heads a rich list of Toyota models that will be in action in the festival, taking place in the grounds of Goodwood House in Sussex from 23 to 26 June. Together they will demonstrate how Toyota Gazoo Racing’s multi-championship-winning success in top-level race and rally competition is feeding directly into some of the world’s most sought-after sports cars for the road and inspiring fans around the world. The Goodwood crowds will witness the Gazoo Racing “Power of Three” line-up with the all-new GR86 coupe, the new GR Supra with manual transmission (making its UK dynamic debut) and the universally acclaimed GR Yaris. These will be joined by the soon-to-be-launched, all-new bZ4X SUV, the first model in Toyota’s new bZ “Beyond Zero” sub-brand. Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ The Toyota Gazoo Racing DKR Hilux T1+ stormed to victory on its first appearance on the Dakar Rally in January and is now competing in the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC), the new, seventh FIA world championship series. It’s based on the best-selling Hilux pick-up, but with key changes to meet the demands of off-road competition. The engine is a mid-mounted 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, driving all four wheels, a unit that is also used with the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 road-going model. For the race car it delivers 400bhp/298kW and around 600Nm of torque, performance that is in line with sporting regulations. Larger wheels and tyres (37-inch) are fitted and the suspension has greater travel to cope with covering rough terrain at high speed. Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and his French navigator Mathieu Baumel are among the elite of the world’s rally-raid pairings. In January this year they claimed their second Dakar Rally victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing, having previously won the event in 2019. For Al-Attiyah it was a fourth career Dakar win; he is also a five-time winner of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. Baumel has three Dakar victories to his name with Al-Attiyah and four Cross-Country World Cup titles. All-new Toyota GR86 The all-new GR86 is the new entry point to Toyota’s GR range, bringing the rewards of sports-focused handling and performance to a wider audience. An evolution of the previous GT86, the model which signalled Toyota’s renewed commitment to sports car engineering, it retains the classic configuration of a front-mounted engine and rear wheel drive. The engine remains a high-revving, four-cylinder “boxer” unit, but with displacement increased to 2.4 litres to gain a significant increase in power and torque – 231bhp/172kW and 250Nm. The GR86 made its world dynamic debut at the Festival of Speed in 2021; its return this year coincides with its UK market launch. Unprecedented customer demand saw the entire allocation of vehicles being sold within 90 minutes of going on sale. New Toyota GR Supra 3.0 with manual transmission The Toyota GR Supra returns to the Festival of Speed, the scene of its public dynamic debut in 2018, to mark another “first.” This time it is the introduction of a new manual transmission for the 3.0-litre version of the two-seat coupe. Toyota listened to enthusiasts’ requests for a manual gearbox and has responded with a new transmission designed specifically for the GR Supra’s 340 DIN hp/250 kW straight-six engine. Its addition to the range means that Toyota now offers all three of its global GR sports cars with manual transmission. Toyota GR Yaris The GR Yaris completes Toyota’s “Power of Three” GR line-up at the festival, another model that has proved a sell-out success in the UK. It was developed with support from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s World Rally Team and features a 257bhp turbocharged three-cylinder engine with GR Four all-wheel drive. With a bespoke platform and three-door body, this high-performance interpretation of Toyota’s best-selling European hatchback shares its bloodline with the GR Yaris Rally 1 which has already recorded three WRC victories this year. As well as the road-going model, Goodwood will also welcome a gravel and asphalt rally competition-specification version of the car that’s competing in the new Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup, a new eight-round, one-make rally series that’s taking place across Spain and Portugal. Its launch this year is another example of how Toyota Gazoo Racing is also supporting grass-roots motor sport activities around the world. Toyota bZ4X The bZ4X is Toyota’s first all-new Battery electric vehicle (BEV). It breaks new ground in launching the company’s bZ “Beyond Zero” sub-brand of zero emission models and in bringing genuine SUV off-road driving capability to the BEV market for the first time. Its quality and performance are founded on Toyota’s world-leading experience in electrified vehicle technology, a heritage that spans more than a quarter of a century. It is the first model to use a new eTNGA (Toyota New global Architecture) platform dedicated to electric vehicles and it pioneers the use of new technologies, including new-design electric eAxles, X-MODE with Grip Control all-wheel drive and a Battery unit that is integrated into the chassis, entirely beneath the vehicle floor. Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley Principal members of Toyota Gazoo Racing will also be taking part in the Festival of Speed. Kazuki Nakajima will be attending in his new role as Vice Chairman of Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe. Nakajima enjoyed a distinguished career as a professional racing driver spanning 19 seasons. His achievements include becoming the first Japanese driver to win an FIA World Championship, taking the World Endurance Championship title with Toyota Gazoo Racing in 2018 alongside Fernando Alonso and Sébastien Buemi. As a TGR driver he also became a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours. New Zealand racer Brendon Hartley joined Toyota Gazoo Racing’s WEC team for the 2019-2020 season and continues to be a member of the No8 GR010 HYBRID crew, alongside Sébastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa. In 2020 he won Le Mans with Buemi and Nakajima and the following year he was a runner-up in the WEC drivers’ championship. Prior to joining TGR his career included Formula 1 competition with Toro Rosso and victory at Le Mans with Porsche in 2019.
  11. GR Supra was Toyota’s first global Gazoo Racing (GR) model and from the moment of its launch in 2019 has been the perfect embodiment of the spirit of GR and the dream of Toyota President Akio Toyoda to deliver a car that is purely about the joy of driving Subsequently, the introduction of the GR Yaris and the imminent arrival of the GR86 coupe have reinforced the special qualities that define the GR brand – cars that are born out of a passion for motoring and which draw directly on the world championship-winning expertise and experience of Toyota Gazoo Racing. Since launch, GR Supra has been offered with a straight-six 335bhp/250kW 3.0-litre engine matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A year later, a new 254bhp/190kW 2.0-litre engine was added to the range, again with auto transmission as standard. While the car and its performance have received high praise worldwide from media and fans alike, perhaps inevitably the question of whether a manual gearbox would be available persisted. #SAVETHEMANUAL Toyota has listened to sports car fans and customers, and can confirm that a new GR Supra with six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) will be introduced in Europe soon, engineered to delight drivers who love the control and rewards offered by precisely timed manual shifts. Its addition to the line-up means Toyota will offer all three of its GR models available in Europe with manual transmission and three pedals either as standard (GR Yaris) or as an option (GR Supra, GR86). True to GR Supra’s thoroughbred engineering quality, this development has not been simply a matter of using an off-the-shelf solution. A new transmission, including a new clutch, has been engineered specifically to suit the power and torque characteristics of the 3.0-litre engine. At the same time, GR Supra’s braking control systems and suspension have been retuned for even better performance – changes that are being introduced throughout the model range. The new-look range features two manual versions: the 3.0-litre Pro and the standard 3.0-litre, which is lighter in weight by almost 40kg compared to the standard automatic*, adding to the car’s handling agility. *Previously part of the 2021 GR Supra range. NEW SIX-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION GR Supra’s new manual transmission has been engineered and tuned specifically for use with the coupe’s straight-six engine. The engineering team were able to modify existing transmission housing, driveshaft and gear set components and remove elements that were not required, such as the acoustic package, which further reduced weight. At the heart of the transmission is a clutch that has been re-engineered with a larger diameter and reinforced diaphragm spring. With a larger friction area and a stronger spring, this has the high performance capability appropriate for use with GR Supra’s high-torque engine. INTELLIGENT OPERATION The iMT transmission uses an intelligent control system programmed with new software that prioritises sporty performance. When upshifting, the parameters are tuned to optimise engine torque at the moment of clutch engagement and release; on downshifts, the software has been fine-tuned for consistent performance. The iMT is set as the default but can be switched off in Sport mode if the driver prefers. To avoid a sluggish take-off and a low in-gear acceleration feel, the final drive ratio has been shortened, from 3.15 (in the GR Supra automatic) to 3.46. The result is response and gearing appropriate for sports car performance. SUSPENSION AND STEERING TUNING All GR Supra versions – automatic and manual – benefit from retuned suspension. The measures include more rigid vulcanised rubber in the front and rear anti-roll bar bushes and re-tuned shock absorbers. The mechanical components in the electric power steering and the system’s operating parameters have also been re-tuned. REVISED CENTRE CONSOLE AND GEAR SHIFT The changes to accommodate the new manual transmission were not confined to the powertrain. Close attention was also paid how the new system could be accommodated in the driver’s cockpit. This was not simply a matter of changing one shift lever for another; consideration had to be given to ensuring the gear knob was optimally placed for precise, rapid and rewarding gear changes. The existing centre console design allowed insufficient clearance between the shift lever and the air conditioning control panel. To achieve the perfect ergonomics, the console unit and the control for drive mode selection have been redesigned. In addition, the lever ratio has been changed and the effort required to make shifts and engage reverse gear has been adjusted. The revised layout provides a comfortable 42mm clearance between the shift knob and air conditioning panel. The feel of the gear shift in the hand and the weight of operation are part of the human sensory connection with the car, so attention has been paid to the weight and shape of the gear knob and the quality of shift engagement. As a result, Toyota adjusted the effort level to engage reverse and opted for a heavier gear knob (200g) for a more pleasing inertia effect when used. TRACTION CONTROL GR Supra’s traction and braking have been optimised for operation with manual transmission. With an automatic, it’s possible to use second gear when pulling away uphill when opposite wheels are on surfaces with different grip levels – for example, when the car is parked partly on an icy road margin. Progress is smooth with no rolling back or wheel slip. With a manual gearbox, first gear has to be used and releasing the clutch brings a greater risk of wheel spin. To address the issue, Toyota engineers have tuned the car’s traction control (TRC) to achieve smooth operation like that experienced with the automatic. The system is also optimised for GR Supra’s characteristic high engine torque, wide tyres and rear-wheel drive. BRAKING AGILITY AND STABILITY The car’s behaviour when accelerating out of a corner is a key element in the “fun to drive” quality Toyota has developed for GR Supra. For the new manual version, the traction control has again been the focus of measures to ensure an ideal balance of agility and stability when exiting a corner on the throttle. TRC intervention has been calibrated to maintain stability – the car keeping faithfully to the driver’s intended line – while allowing the right amount of power for a sporty feeling. NEW HAIRPIN+ FUNCTION The ambition to make GR Supra fun to drive in the most demanding scenarios has helped inspire the introduction of a new Hairpin+ function. This is designed to allow more freedom and reward specifically when taking tight bends on an uphill gradient (more than 5 per cent) with a high-friction road surface, like those found on European mountain routes. More “free” wheel spin can make such routes more enjoyable to drive, so Toyota has optimised engine torque control to allow a greater difference in the degree of left and right-side wheel spin. ANTI-ROLL PROGRAMME A highly agile vehicle with high peak friction tyres may be sensitive to sudden “snap-off” oversteer – something that is hard to control with the car’s vehicle stability control (VSC) alone. To counter this behaviour, an anti-roll programme (ARP) has been adopted for both the manual and automatic versions of GR Supra. This intervenes at an earlier point with the VSC to cover any sudden loss of grip when the car’s high-response suspension setting is used. In addition, the Track mode has been tuned to allow for easy drifting with freedom of throttle control. The vehicle remains agile, but the there is less risk of spinning thanks to specific engine and torque control. GR SUPRA WEIGHT SAVING The standard GR Supra 3.0-litre manual model benefits from weight-saving measures that together achieve a total reduction of 38.3kg, compared to the kerb weight of the previous, 2021 3.0-litre automatic model. Fitting the new manual gearbox and new 19-inch alloy wheels saves 21.8kg; a further reduction of 16.5kg is gained by changing the audio system and deleting the seats’ leather upholstery, power adjustment and lumbar support – features that are part of the standard specification of the 3.0-litre Pro model. This reduction enhances the car’s handling agility. REVISED MODEL RANGE In the UK, the GR Supra range retains the 2.0-litre Pro automatic as the entry model, alongside the 3.0-litre Pro automatic. The 3.0-litre manual is expected to be the most popular GR Supra version, with the 3.0-litre Pro manual and automatic models positioned at the top of the line-up. Full details of UK pricing, specification and sales schedule will be announced later. The new GR Supra range also benefits from new paintwork options with the addition of Moareki Grey and Dawn Blue.
  12. The eagle-eyed may have spotted Peter Wright, TV’s The Yorkshire Vet, driving around the Yorkshire Dales in a new car – the Toyota Highlander hybrid electric SUV Peter recently switched from a Toyota Land Cruiser to the seven-seat Highlander, which he has been using for the past few months for his work visiting and treating animals across the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales National Parks. He has put the car through its paces on all types of roads and off-road terrain and in all weather conditions. Toyota talked to Peter about his experiences driving a hybrid electric vehicle for the first time, and his views on climate change: You recently changed your car from a Land Cruiser to a Toyota Highlander. What were your first impressions of the Highlander and why did you choose it? My first impressions of the Highlander were extremely favourable. Its more streamlined shape was immediately apparent, as was the thoughtful and stylish interior layout, with plenty of storage space. My life as a country vet means I need to have a reliable and robust vehicle that can “go anywhere,” but I also need to consider its impact on the environment and, ultimately, other people. The Toyota Highlander fulfils my environmental criteria perfectly, as it has good mpg figures – up to 39.7 miles per gallon, and low CO2 emissions for a large SUV. Being a typical Yorkshireman concerned about value for money, the obvious increase in fuel economy has not gone unnoticed. What is the Highlander like to drive? How does it compare to the Land Cruiser? I had grown to enjoy the Land Cruiser’s reliable, sure-handling, solid performance that would take me over the roughest terrain to attend to my farm patients. It was a hard act to follow, but the Highlander has lived up to its older brother, with the added benefit of being a self-charging hybrid. I have driven it over wet, muddy, rutted and slippery surfaces and it’s great to discover that there’s been no compromise in reliability and sure-footedness in the drive to achieve greater fuel efficiency and greener credentials. The intelligent all-wheel drive system kicks in when required and the two-tonne towing capacity is important to me. The heated seats and steering wheel are wonderful when you’ve been spending time in a cold barn. How suitable is Highlander for your work as a vet? Can you fit in all kit you need? I carry a large variety of heavy and bulky equipment. When I transferred my kit from the Land Cruiser to the Highlander I stood and scratched my head as I still had space to spare in the cargo area. This is thanks to the clever interior design that maximises the cargo carrying capacity. The Highlander is fitted out with seven seats, two of which pack away to provide superb boot capacity. The equipment I carry every day means I have not yet used the two rear seats, but there’s still lots of space to seat five people in great comfort, with plenty of leg room. Have you tried the Highlander’s different driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Trail? Driving in Eco mode makes me very conscious how driving technique can help maximise fuel efficiency, particularly on country lanes and farm visits, where stopping and starting is the norm. It goes without saying, on farm visits where rough terrain is involved, the Trail mode is ideal. How do you use the sound system in the Highlander? What’s your taste in music and radio programmes? Between calls I love to listen to Radio 2 and Radio 4, as well as the sports channels using the DAB audio. I also enjoy Gold where they play all the hits from the last 50 years; it takes me back to when I was a teenager. I am usually by myself, so I join in singing way out of tune; at least with the fantastic audio system I can’t hear my own voice! What are your favourite drives, in Yorkshire or elsewhere? I never tire of driving around my beloved Yorkshire. I live close to Sutton Bank – a treacherous incline on the A170. This is the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. I particularly enjoy driving through Farndale and Rosedale and on to the North Yorkshire coast, visiting so many beautiful towns and villages in the coastline between Scarborough and Whitby. What are you enjoying about the current series of The Yorkshire Vet? Leaving Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk after 40 years, initially working as a veterinary assistant to James Herriot and for the last 20 years as senior partner, I am now working part–time at Grace Lane Veterinary Practice in Kirbymoorside, a beautiful market town. My daily routine is very similar though, and I like the fact that I have retained some of the longstanding clients who have appeared on The Yorkshire Vet over the last seven years and have also been introduced to many new ones. I think it’s obvious to viewers that the warmth, humour and resilience of Yorkshire people, particularly farmers, still shines through. Are there any aspects of climate change or environmental damage that you are particularly concerned about? Throughout my life as a country person I have been passionate about caring for the environment. Nowadays there are wide-ranging concerns about how humans are damaging the planet. I see first-hand how insect numbers have decreased around my garden and fields, how bee numbers have declined, and how several species of birds that were once common visitors to my home, now appear more rarely. I look at our picturesque coastline where rivers and streams carry tons of debris and plastics that are doing untold damage to our wildlife and sea life. I worry about unseen toxins such as micro-plastics which are in many of our modern clothes and products and are now found increasingly in the digestive tracts of our sea creatures. It is also widely recognised that our coastal seabirds are in alarming decline. Global warming and rising sea temperatures mean that these birds’ staple diets such as sand eels can no longer thrive, so they are struggling to survive. We humans at the top of the food chain need to take far greater action to help repair nature’s balanced ecosystem before it collapses with dire consequences for us all.
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