Toyota Outlines Motor-sports Activities for 2013
Toyota City, Japan, Feb 25, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation
(TMC) announces that it will continue to conduct community-based motor-sports
activities in various countries and regions in 2013 as a key means of bringing
more joy through automobiles. TMC, which views motor sports as an ideal medium
for conveying the anticipation and excitement associated with motor vehicles,
will also promote grass-roots motor sports to create opportunities for more
people to experience the joy of racing. Through its varied motor-sports
activities, such as entering hybrid vehicles in endurance races, TMC will be
able to obtain valuable feedback and know-how to be put to use in its
mass-production vehicles as it continues working to make ever-better cars.
In Europe, TMC entered a "TS030 Hybrid" equipped with a full-fledged
hybrid racing system in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) last year
and won three out of six races. This year, TMC will race an improved version of
the vehicle. Although the TS030 Hybrid was not able to finish last year's
Le Mans 24-hour race, the third race of the championship, TMC hopes to achieve
its first win in this year's running of the legendary race, to be held on
June 22 through 23 in Le Mans, France.
In Japan, TMC will enter the Lexus "SC 430" in the GT500 class of
the Super GT series. Changes have been made to some teams and drivers, and TMC
will seek to reclaim the title under a new six-team structure. In Super
Formula--which was renamed this season--TMC will continue to supply engines
with the aim of Toyota-powered cars taking the drivers title for the fourth
consecutive year as well as reclaiming the team title. Aiming to promote
grass-roots motor sports, TMC, acting through GAZOO Racing, will continue to
hold "Vitz" one-make races and--starting this year--"86"
one-make races, to provide additional opportunities for people to experience
the joy of driving.
In the United States, TMC will continue to compete in the top three categories
of NASCAR, known as the National Series. TMC will make its seventh appearance
in the Sprint Cup Series, the pinnacle of NASCAR racing, entering a
new-specification (Gen-6*) "Camry" with the aim of taking the drivers
For the full outline of TMC's 2013 Motor-sports Activities please see
More information is avaailable at the TOYOTA Motor Sports Website,
Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203;
NYSE: TM), has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by
creating better products. As of the end of March 2012, Toyota conducts its
business worldwide with 50 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and
regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 160 countries and
regions. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.
Toyota Motor Corporation
Corporate Communications Department
Public Affairs Division
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