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Toyota GAZOO Racing to take C-HR to Nürburgring in May

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Toyota’s participation in the even under GAZOO racing.

“I remember Gazoo Racing first taking on the challenge of the Nürburgring in 2007 like it was yesterday, ” said Akio Toyoda – Gazoo team member, but not insignificantly, president and CEO of the whole Toyota Motor Corporation too.

In an official statement, Toyota announced that the C-HR Racing, Lexus RC and a Lexus RC F will race at the 44th 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance.

Lexus RC F
Toyota C-HR crossover going racing at this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours

The Toyota C-HR will spawn a race vehicle derivative that will compete at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. One of the vehicles is going to be a race-spec variant of the C-HR that will be joined by the RC and the RC F. The event is programmed to take place from 26 to 29 May around the 15-mile long combination of the famous Nordschleife and the German Grand Prix Circuit. Though the company hasn’t disclosed what it will do to increase the performance of the Toyota C-HR, these images show the auto will get a cool black-and-white exterior treatment, a new front splitter, a giant rear wing, and larger wheels with performance tires.

Interestingly enough, Toyota Gazoo Racing released the above render of the race vehicle and the crossover’s overall shape closely resembles the concept.

Capitalising on its hybrid knowhow, the C-HR could come equipped with the concept’s petrol electric powertrain – but with a significant lift in power – evidenced by its substantial aero upgrades.

Toyota GAZOO Racing was started up in April 2015 to unite the activities of GAZOO Racing, Toyota Racing, and Lexus Racing under the same roof.

Source: http://leadercall.com/2016/01/toyota-gazoo-racing-to-take-c-hr-to-nurburgring-in-may/

Jan 18th, 2016