Toyota 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Highlights | Round-Up & Gallery
Sadly, none of us in the Business Team at Farmer and Carlisle Toyota Leicester were lucky enough to attend the wondrous Goodwood Festival of Speed last week (4th to 7th July 2019).
However, we are delighted to feature some highlights from Toyota’s finest race, rally and road-going cars that added to the whole sound and spectacle of the iconic event.
Toyota GR Supra
The all-new Toyota GR Supra was featured in race, road-going and customised drifting specification.
The GR Supra returned to the scene of its world premiere public driving appearance last year when it appeared with its bodywork clothed in “A90” camouflage. This time there was no disguise as a teaser for its much-anticipated arrival on European roads later this year. Taking the wheel once again was Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, the sportscar genius who has led the legendary Supra’s renaissance and who also created the Toyota GT86 coupe.
The Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS debuted in the Live Action Arena. Created by custom specialists HKS, it was piloted by Nobuteru Taniguchi, one of Japan’s top drifting stars. Special features of this 700hp car include an HKS GTIII-4R turbo system, HKS HIPERMAX suspension, Endless Racing brakes and YOKOHAMA ADVAN tyres and wheels.
New GR Supra GT4 Concept
The new GR Supra GT4 Concept was in awesome action on the famous hill climb for the first time ever, driven by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing driver, Mike Conway.
This Goodwood appearance follows on from its acclaimed world debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, where it was presented as a study for how the new GR Supra might be developed as an affordable proposition for grassroots motorsport and GT4 competition.
No 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid
The leading motorsport attraction on the Toyota stand was undoubtedly the No 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid that was driven to victory at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso. This second successive win at the world-famous race formed part of an FIA World Endurance Championship season in which TOYOTA GAZOO Racing claimed both the driver and manufacturer world titles.
Dakar-winning Toyota Hilux and Yaris WRC replica
The No 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid was featured alongside the specially engineered Hilux that won the 2019 Dakar rally for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa and a replica of the Yaris WRC that already has three victories to its credit in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship.
Other Toyota cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
Also on view was the GR Supra VLN Edition that successfully completed its motorsport debut at this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race, driven by a crew that included Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda. The car was shown complete with bodywork damage that stands testament to the gruelling demands of the race at the legendary circuit in Germany.
The direct contribution made by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to the development of Toyota’s road-going cars was celebrated with the GR Supra, Yaris GRMN and the Corolla GR SPORT that was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
In addition to Toyota’s official participation in the festival, there was a number of other historic, privately entered cars. These included some of the greatest Celica world rally cars from the 1980s and 90s, the AE86 Corolla rallying coupe and the Toyota TF108 Formula One car from 2008.
Toyota - what’s YOUR favourite?
Let us know if you have a classic Toyota of you own and would like us to share it on one of our social media channels – we would love to see it!
We are also interested to find out what YOUR favourite Toyota is and would like to hear from any of you who were lucky enough to attend this year’s Goodwood FoS. Have you got any special memory snaps that you would like to share with us perhaps? What was the highlight of your visit if you are a Toyota fan?