TOYOTA AND THE WRC: THE LONG ROAD TO VICTORY
Toyota got its start in motor sports in 1957 when we entered the Mobilgas Round Australia Rally. Our first WRC victory was in 1975 at the 1,000 Lakes Rally with our factory-backed team. We went on break numerous records and claimed many more victories, including three consecutive Safari Rally wins.
In 1990, Toyota had its first WRC champion driver. In 1993 we were the first Japanese brand to win the WRC manufacturer’s title. At the time, Mitsubishi and Subaru were strong rivals who brought a great deal of excitement to the events, paving the way for the golden age of Japanese rally participation, and Tommi Antero Mäkinen raced for both of these teams.
Up until the end our factory-backed team initiatives in 1999, Toyota made WRC history with three manufacturer team titles and four driver titles.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC
Building world rally cars is about far more than just theory. It’s about crafting each vehicle to fit each and every road based on thorough “genchi genbutsu”(English: go and see for yourself). With this in mind, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has decided to take on the most prestigious rally series in the world—the FIA World Rally Championship—in 2017.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC team is comprised of the most passionate, determined rally specialists. As Tommi Mäkinen, the team principal, says “the key to creating a winning vehicle is to put together a team of professionals who share a singular focus and love what they do. Our team will show the world what Toyota’s ‘I love cars!’ spirit is all about as we work diligently towards our goals.”
Now the team is revved up, and you can be sure that TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC team will be ready to roar at the FIA World Rally Championship 2017.
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