Toyota City, Japan, May 21, 2012—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that its GAZOO Racing Lexus "LFA" placed first in the vehicle's respective class at the 40th 24-Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany, held from May 17 through May 20 (local time). A Toyota "86" also finished first in class.
Out of 169 participating vehicles in the finals, the LFA (car no. 83) driven by Takayuki Kinoshita, Akira Iida and Juichi Wakisaka placed first in the SP8 class and 15th overall. The 86 (car no. 166) driven by Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Takuto Iguchi and Minoru Takaki placed first in the SP3 class and 46th overall.
A second 86 (car no. 165), driven by Masahiko Kageyama, Kumi Sato, Yoshinobu Katsumata and Minoru Takaki, placed sixth in the SP3 class and 65th overall.
|GAZOO Racing LFA|
The LFA placed 32nd overall in the preliminary round on May 18, but performed well from the start of the finals to achieve 20th position overall and first in class. Although forced to make a pit stop due to contact with another vehicle, the LFA still managed to finish the race and take 15th place overall.
With aims of broadening the appeal of car racing, fostering more car enthusiasts, and developing human resources, TMC, as part of its initiatives to develop ever-better cars, participated with the GAZOO Racing team in this year's 24-Hours Nürburgring endurance race.
This year's GAZOO Racing team also featured TMC employees working as mechanics and drivers for the 86. A large portion of the 25-kilometer Nürburgring course is considered important in vehicle development because its harsher conditions allow for more thorough testing than is possible with conventional evaluations. TMC employee participation in the race allows them to gather knowledge firsthand and apply it to making ever-better cars.