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Toyota will commemorate its past and present sporting glory in style with an illustrious squad of race and rally machinery in action at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 12 – July 14).


It has scheduled to field together three generations of the Celica GT-Four on the rally track, stimulating the sound and speed of its most successful World Rally Championship cars. It’s expected the ST185 will be at the leading position, two decades on from bagging Toyota’s maiden WRC manufacturer’s title and a driver’s championship for Juha Kankkunen. The Celica ST165 and ST205 are also expected to be fielded.


This celebrated trio, which have registered 30 WRC triumphs, will be joined by the mighty Group B Celica twin-turbo TA64, one of the most powerful rally cars ever built, and the championship-winning Corolla WRC. Goodwood will also ensure an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the development of Toyota’s recent works Le Mans cars, with the TS010 and TS020 of the 1990s joined by the current Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid. Last year, the TS030 Hybrid ensured three race victories in its very first year of FIA World Endurance Championship competition. This year it will be returning to the track and eyeing at registering memorable feat with its maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory for Toyota.


The Toyota GT86 has earned worldwide acclaim as a true driver’s car and its remarkable handling abilities will be demonstrated by multiple versions of the sports coupe that have been engineered for both race and rally competition. Gazoo Racing will be fielding its Nürburgring 24 Hours machine for runs up the Goodwood hill, and the GT4 model prepared to British GT Championship specifications will also be appearing.





Toyotaalso plans to give Goodwood spectators the first UK view of the FT-86 Open, a convertible concept that egged on enthusiastic press and public reaction when it debuted earlier this month at the Geneva motor show. A GT86 TRD will display the package of authentic performance and styling features now available to UK customers, and an R3 rally-prepared model will show just what the car is capable of on a gravel special stage. The Corolla AE86, one of the classic sporting Toyota of the past that inspired today’s GT86, will be represented by Midgley Motorsport’s Team Toyota GB-liveried rally car.


For members of the crowd whoever would want to test the GT86 for themselves, Toyota will offer drives as part of its participation in the Moving Motor Show, the festival’s inaugural celebration on July 11. Frank Wrathall’s 2013 British Touring Car Championship Avensis will be featured in the festival, while other Toyota stars scheduled to travel to Goodwood from the USA include the NASCAR Red Bull Camry and Rod Millen’s Pikes Peak Tacoma, a hot favourite with the festival crowds.


There will plethora of attractions at the Toyota pavilion, including an exclusive presentation of the GT86. The standard road-going model and TRD version will also feature in the show, together with design concepts. It is expected that the soft-top FT-86 Open will also be showcased. To get a glimpse of the GT86’s distinctive handling characters, visitors will be able to take a virtual drive in a new GT86 simulator. The contemporary cars will be joined by the rare and beautiful 1960s 2000GT and a replica of the Team Toyota GB AE86 Corolla touring car that registered back-to-back triumphs at the British championships in the 1980s.


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