• Nov 6th 2009 at 4:00PM
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As Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced the withdrawal of his company from the Formula One World Championship, he reiterated Toyota's commitment to motorsport competition. But while this may have been pure lip-service, the Japanese automaker has a long history in racing, leading to speculation over where Toyota could land next. According to Toyoda:
Motor sports remain an important means of personalizing the automobile in the eyes of customers. Motor sports also remain an important means of cultivating human resources and our R&D operations. ... We will rethink our motor-sports activities with an eye to maximizing those benefits while addressing economic realities.
Even in the absence of a renewed F1 program, Toyota continues to compete in series as diverse as Formula Nippon, NHRA, Grand Am, Super GT and NASCAR. While the beancounters in Tokyo could continue to rely solely on these and other existing programs – or worse, start pulling out of more – sources point to potential racing programs at Le Mans, in the new FIA GT1 World Championship or possibly in the shifting World Rally Championship. Any of these categories would give Toyota a more direct tie-in to its road-going products, but which – if any – the Japanese motor giant will ultimately choose remains to be seen. In the meantime, enjoy the short clip after the jump highlighting the company's history and continued involvement in motor racing worldwide.

[Source: PistonHeads]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota Motorsports should work on creating a spec-series race/league for when the FT-86 comes out. Motorsports should not only mean high-level professional racing. Look at Mazda at the grassroots level in the USA, that's what Toyota should try to do in the USA. Toyota did a series-spec race with the Prius in Japan, so why not the FT-86 for when it's out?

      As for elite/top-level professional motorsports, they could always try their hand at WRC again, they (FIA/WRC) made it "cheaper" with the new rules and the Aygo would be a perfect candidate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota Motorsports GmbH is based in Europe. Why o why would they make a spec series in the US?

        Worry not, a spec series foe the FT is a given, in the US as well as Japan.... they already have the yaris cup, corolla axio one make series, and one for the Auris blade coming soon I think.

        Toyota motorsports has unfinished business at lemans. I'd like to see them go back there. Perhaps enter lexus in the fia gt... or not. What other series do the ACO run?

        p.s. @autblog, word is Grand Am is getting axed next year too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wherever Yugo, Aygo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, forgot they were based in Europe.

        It's too bad about the Grand Am series. I saw a couple of Grand Am races, fun to watch.

        Haha, well played.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every time I see the front of that car, the first thing that comes to mind is "Cylon". I can totally see the red "eye" sliding left and right in the windshield....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Figure Eight dirt track racing!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should throw some floor mats in their race cars. They'd win everytime!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota have competed and won at Baja in the 80's and early 90's with Ivan "The Iron Man" Stewart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i hope they go back to sports cars. the fia doesn't run le mans, so it may be worth a look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the image on the article is a picture of a poster i think... something is just too... flat about it
      • 5 Years Ago
      FT-86 in WRC!
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      That video is PURE WIN.

      Makes me love Toyota all over again.

      Toyota Motorsports FTW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My suggestion is WRC with the FT-86, or Yaris. This would give them world wide exposure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      building a successor to the GT-One is the way to go, that car was the fastest car at Le Mans when it raced, but was plagued by mechanical problems. Toyota can do it, they can win Le Mans if they just try.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GT-1 & GT-2

      go get em'
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