Archive for the ‘Toyota’ Category

Toyota wins 2014 6hrs of Silverstone

The 2014 WEC season got off to the best possible start overnight after Toyota claimed a dominant 1–2 victory in a rain affected 6 Hours of Silverstone. Two laps behind the winning #8 Toyota TS040 (Davidson, Lapierre, Buemi) was the #20 Porsche 919 (Bernhard, Hartley, Webber). That result marks a promising return to the LMP1 […]

You’re looking at a mutually beneficial relationship

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One of the industry types we follow on twitter is a bloke by the name of Scott Brownlee. He works in the PR department for Toyota UK. He often posts links to interesting stuff, yes really, and he first caught our attention prior to the release of the 86. Or perhaps it was during Le […]

Porsche fastest at two-day WEC Prologue

The Porsche 919 Hybrid headed the field after the WEC’s official two-day Prologue test at Paul Ricard on the weekend. The #20 car of Mark Webber went fastest during the Friday evening session when Brendon Hartley posted a lap time of 1:41.289. Hartley’s teammates, Timo Bernhard and Webber, also broke the 1:42 barrier on the […]

Toyota TS040 Hybrid revealed

Toyota Racing has launched its 2014 challenger, the TS040 Hybrid. The team will continue to run a two car program with the same drivers as before, although the pairings have been slightly rearranged. As in Formula 1 new regulation changes have been introduced for the 2014 season. Two of the main changes include a 100mm […]

Toyota begins testing Yaris WRC

Toyota first hinted it could be interested in a return to the WRC almost two years ago and this week it is testing a Yaris-based WRC ahead of an expected come back to top line rallying in 2017. Motorsport Italia is currently running the test program in Tuscany on behalf of the European-based Toyota Motorsport […]

VIDEO: Episode 4 of Project Binky

Richard and Nik are back with the latest update on Project Binky. Without giving anything away they’ve made made great progress and are in fine form. We like this bit of text from the YouTube description: “It finally dawns on us that it just might be possible to get the 3SGTE engine in the car […]

Well they did buy a Toyota after all

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At the risk of offending the majority of Australia’s car buying public we have to chuckle at a story being run by GoAuto, which highlights the ignorance of the average Toyota consumer. Turns out many Toyota buyers had no idea the Japanese giant built cars in Australia and on hearing reports of Toyota leaving Australia […]

Toyota Racing shuffles 2014 WEC driver line ups

// Posted in Toyota, WEC

The official entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours 2014 brings confirmation of a minor change to the driver line ups for Toyota Racing. In effect Nico Lapierre and Stephane Sarrazin have swapped seats. Which means Toyota’s final pairings for the 2014 WEC season will be Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima in the […]

Mark Webber is an exceptional man

Mark Webber is an exceptional man. It’s true, this video promoting the 2014 FIA WEC season says so. While his F1 mates are starting to get busy, Mark still has a couple of months to go before his new job gets real. We can’t wait!

Stuff the local industry, just give us cheaper cars!

The Australian Automobile Association hasn’t wasted any time shedding tears for the demise of Australia’s car making industry. No, they’re starting the call for making our imported cars cheaper. To be fair the AAA has anointed itself to represent “the interests of all Australian motorists nationally and internationally” and so giving too much thought to […]

Toyota Australia to stop local production in 2017

Toyota Australia will cease its local production at the end of 2017. Toyota officials addressed workers this afternoon with more than 2500 staff expected to lose their jobs. Further job losses will follow in related component and parts making industries. Toyota Australia currently makes the Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion models at its Altona factory […]

Super Bowl XLVIII ad watch

In case you’ve missed it there’s a big game of football on tonight. And we don’t mean the Man City v Chelsea game either. It’s American football and, of course, it’s the Super Bowl. That means all the big wig advertising agencies have been locked away in rooms for months trying to come up with […]

Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1 begins testing

// Posted in Toyota, WEC

Testing for Toyota’s successor to the TS030 Hybrid (pictured above) has begun with the new TS040 Hybrid taking to the Paul Ricard circuit in France earlier this week. Three days of testing were completed in all with Alexander Wurz and Anthony Davidson sharing the driving duties. According to an unnamed Toyota Motorsport GmbH staffer, “It […]

Carbon fibre tub for the return of the BMW Z3

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The next BMW Z4 will actually see a return of the Z3 badge, an odd move given BMW’s recent nomenclature, and will be inspired by the look of the very sexy Vision ConnectedDrive concept car. It will also be the first model developed under the BMW-Toyota partnership. Toyota’s first model under the co-development will be […]

VIDEO: Alfa Romeo 4C v rivals

Not content with thrashing about in the McLaren P1, Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar kept in touch with the common man by thrashing about in an Alfa Romeo 4C on the track with two of its natural rivals, the Porsche Cayman and Toyota 86. It turns out you may not have your pre-conceived ideas altered, but […]