Racing every kind of road

To make ever-better cars

From racing circuits to rally stages, across the world there’s a whole host of motorsport series that excite fans with their heady mix of spine-tingling speed, raucous noise and exceptional bravery. Toyota’s rich history in motorsport spans seven decades and now we’ve united all of our worldwide racing activities under one name: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing.

Pushing the limits for Better

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing embodies
TOYOTA’s commitment to overcoming
every limit to make “ever-better’ cars.
To forge new technologies and solutions
under the extreme conditions of motorsports,
we will never stop innovating.
We race our cars to push ourselves to learn
from the toughest challenges.
Competing on every kind of road,
no matter what the challenge,
inspires us to build "ever-better" cars.
We’re engineering TOYOTA’s future DNA.
We’ll keep competing to bring the freedom,
adventure and joy of driving to everyone.

New name, same fierce desire

As early as the 1950s our founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, was so convinced of the merits competition provided his company, he once lauded:
"Motorsport is more than just entertainment. It is vital to the development of the Japanese car industry. Just as athletes test their capabilities by competing with all their strength in the Olympics, car makers use motorsport as an opportunity to push a vehicle’s performance to the limits and compete for supremacy, enabling them to discover new ways of advancing automotive technology.
It’s not just about researching cars – machines must work in harmony with people to bring out their true capabilities. Just like the wheels of a car, motorsport and Japan’s car industry can only move forward together."


Today, “GAZOO” refers to the word “Garage”: a very intimate place where people work together to improve the smallest details, with the aim of delivering ever-better cars and services for each customer, in each garage. As such, the name embodies the spirit that drives TOYOTA GAZOO Racing.
United under the banner of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, Toyota’s motorsport activities include: the cutting-edge World Endurance Championship; a return to the prestigious World Rally Championship in 2017; the “world’s toughest race”, the Nürburgring 24 Hours (this year marks Toyota’s tenth consecutive participation in this hugely challenging event); and let’s not forget the Five Continents Drive Project has begun – an undertaking that involves Toyota employees driving across five continents by 2020 in order to not only “build ever-better cars” but to “develop people” who support their manufacture.

Engineering Toyota’s future DNA

Exciting, exhilarating and enthralling, the World Endurance Championship (WEC) represents the pinnacle of innovation, reliability and teamwork. Spanning nine races around the world – including the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing re-entered the championship in 2012 and has participated in the historic Le Mans race since 1985. The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans was Toyota’s 18th entry and, heartbreakingly, victory escaped the team just minutes from the chequered flag, but TOYOTA GAZOO Racing vows to keep pushing towards even greater success.


Coping with the extreme punishment of races that stretch from six to twenty-four hours are our two cutting-edge TS050 HYBRID endurance race cars that deliver a power output close to 1,000hp. Harnessing hybrid power for explosive acceleration, efficiency and reaching speeds in excess of 330km/h, these sophisticated hybrid machines (like Toyota road cars) recover energy under braking that’s stored in a battery ready for use later.


Between our first WEC race in 2012 and winning the championship in 2014, the experience that we’ve gained has significantly progressed the development of Hybrid technology in our road cars – in areas such as downsizing and cooling – fulfilling our quest to make ever-better cars and bring the joy of driving to everyone.

Learning from the toughest challenges

Building world rally cars is about far more than just theory. It’s about crafting a vehicle that can be driven to the limit on each and every type of road, based on thorough first-hand experience and knowledge. With this in mind, and following a sabbatical of 17 years, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will make an exciting return to the prestigious World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017.
A riveting high-speed chase through every imaginable type of road in the world – from rock-strewn tracks to ice-covered paths – the WRC offers the fascinating prospect of seeing vehicles you’ll recognise, like the Yaris, being put through the most demanding conditions on the planet!

After months of intensive testing, the all-new Yaris WRC rolls down the Monte Carlo start ramp in January ready for a gruelling rally calendar. Under the body to get the adrenaline pumping is the all-new 1.6-litre turbo-charged, direct-injection engine that produces around 380hp and a chassis tuned through advanced simulation, testing and production techniques.


When you’re tackling mountainous hairpins, monstrous leaps and snow-covered forests, you not only need a fast car beneath you but a highly ambitious and talented team behind you. Led by four-time time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen in workshops in Puuppola, Finland, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC comprises a team of highly dedicated specialists and passionate rally lovers. 
When combined with the thrilling Yaris WRC, they form a powerful partnership - we can’t wait for the season to start! 

World’s toughest race

GAZOO Racing first entered the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race in 2007. Known as ‘the world’s toughest race’, manufacturer-backed and privateer teams from around the world descend on the 25km circuit in Germany – commonly known as the Green Hell – to see if they are up to the challenge.


This year, our tenth and the 44th running of the race, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing entered three cars: the all-new Toyota C-HR Racing, the Lexus RC and the Lexus RC F. The Toyota C-HR Racing – a race-specification version of the forthcoming Toyota C-HR crossover – was driven by a team of four drivers. After an exhausting 24 hours, the team took a hugely satisfying 84th place in the race and third in class.


As well as providing invaluable feedback for our ongoing road car development, the race also allows us to progress ever-better personnel. Each year, our in-house engineers and mechanical specialists are involved throughout the development of that year’s race car – and during the race itself – gaining invaluable knowledge to be shared with colleagues with a view to honing and improving the production cars of the future.

Five Continents Drive Project

Born from a shared passion for embracing the challenges of motorsport, the Toyota 5 Continents Drive Project challenges Toyota employees to drive Toyota vehicles across five continents by 2020. A merciless marathon of cultures and climates, it provides our employees with first-hand experience of the essence of ‘fun-to-drive’ – experiences that we can draw on, now and in the future, to ensure we’re building ever-better cars.
With a number of short-term goals to achieve – such as winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans after coming so close in this year’s race – and the challenge of returning to the WRC, it’s important that we continue to convey the spirit of GAZOO in everything we do and share the excitement of racing with our customers and fans – the people that share our unwavering passion for motorsports.

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