The Gazoo Racing Team are busy preparing for this weekend’s 24hour Nurburgring race! Four Toyota GT86 cars and one Lexus LFA will be competing in the fierce endurance race on the historic German circuit. Below you can see photographs of the cars and the team.
Qualifying 1 – May 17, 19:30-23:30
Qualifying 2 – May 18, 09:30-11:35
Top 40 Qualifying – May 18, 18:00-18:50
Race – May 19, 16:00 – May 20, 16:00
Gazoo Racing are entering one Lexus LFA and two Toyota GT86 cars; these will be joined by Toyota Swiss Racing Team, who is putting a further two GT86 cars into the race.The launch of the GT86 and the partnership between Toyota and Gazoo Racing is part of an overall plan to broaden the appeal of motorsport, as-well as encouraging a new generation to become Toyota fans! Unique to Gazoo Racing is the fact that it uses the company’s in-house personnel as the drivers and mechanics. This way, they’re helping to develop better cars and encourage employee involvement.
The Nurburgring 24 hour race is world reknown for the challenging drive. The track is 15.5 miles long with 170 tricky turns and severe hills throughout. During just one lap, a car will go through inclines of up to 18% and drops of up to 11%; causing incredible G-forces on the drivers as they race at speeds of over 100mph and covering a total of 2462 miles in total!
Surrounded either side by a thick layer of trees, the Nurburgring Nordschleife track is often referred to as “The Green Hell”, due to the strain put onto both driver and car. The race isn’t just down to top speed – the car’s reliability is just as important. A large number of cars fail to even complete the 24 hour race due to mechanical failures.
Below you can see a section of the track:
To view a live stream of this incredible race, click here.
To listen to the commentary in English, just turn down the volume on the link above and have this in a second window.
If you’d like a LIVE map of where each car is and when, then click here.
We wish them well and look forward to watching the race!
If you would like an opportunity to take the GT86 round a track for a spin, don’t miss out on Toyota’s national competition here!
We’re expecting the GT86 to be at our dealership in Stoke on Trent on 20th July. Email us on GT86@pinkstones.toyota.co.uk or call 01782 608 579 to book your test drive!