Toyota plans outrageous Ferrari rival
TOYOTA’S Gazoo Racing performance is planning put a $1 million supercar in showrooms alongside a high-performance HiLux and warmed-over hatchbacks.
Shigeki Tomoyama, president of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing arm, confirmed plans for a layered performance range to rival the likes of Mercedes-AMG in “a project which will be conducive to the transformation of Toyota”.
The manufacturer took its second victory at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race on Sunday, where the Japanese brand reaffirmed its commitment to the race.
New rules encourage marques to go racing with road-going supercars the public can buy, a return to the sport’s roots in the spirit of legendary cars such as the McLaren F1.
Toyota says it will compete with a hybrid “hypercar” at Le Mans in 2021 before introducing a road-going version of the race machine.
Aston Martin will join Toyota on the 2021 Le Mans grid with a racing version of its V12-powered Valkyrie hypercar – a car the British brand previously promised would be the fastest-ever road car around a racing circuit.
“Aston Martin has amazing history at Le Mans. It is a part of the company’s DNA,” Tomoyama says.
“I hope to create a similar link.
“Like Ferrari, Porsche and Audi, that is my dream,” he says.
At least one example of Toyota’s road-going Gazoo Racing Super Sports will come to Australia, with company spokesman Brodie Bott confirming that Toyota Australia has placed an order for the hybrid machine.