TRD develops and prototypes new vehicles for Toyota.
We have built up considerable experience through motorsports activities over the years and have developed customization technologies and specialized knowledge in the medical field that has been a part of TRD since our founding for customized vehicles used for special applications and sport vehicles. Utilizing these advantages, we engage in development and prototyping at every stage from planning to project execution.
General-purpose vehicles require a certain level of performance and quality. However, these levels must be even higher for the planning and development of new vehicles in the area that TRD is involved in. We have confidence in our inimitable technologies, as well as in our experience, which allows us to provide this level of performance and quality.
TRD will continue to play a role in developing Toyota vehicles by leveraging the characteristics that make us unique.
TRD develops and prototypes next-generation Toyota technologies and creates concept cars to be shown at motor shows. To accomplish this, it uses a wide range of technologies different from those used in creating commercially available cars. These technologies include engineering technologies present since our founding, as well as those developed throughout the course of our involvement with customized vehicles and motorsports.
Since the first Tokyo Motor Show, TRD has leveraged its partnership with Toyota in Japan and overseas to engage in activities ranging from concept planning to executing a variety of projects.
When it comes to developing and creating concept cars, we have accomplished much by utilizing our technological prowess in the area of “advanced development” involved in creating next-generation vehicles.
One example of this is our full-spectrum involvement with the “PM” (2003), “i-unit” (2005), and “i-REAL” (2008-2010) technologies in the next-generation mobility series developed by Toyota. For i-REAL, we made use of the CFRP molding technology and additive design technology, a technology in which TRD is particularly competent, to provide a unique frame/sheet and a rear arm, which is essential for driving force. TRD also created the exterior panels, one of which was a transparent back panel that at first appears opaque. In addition, we used a proprietary advanced CFRP molding technology to create mobile visors and a stanchion to support them for certain models for a demonstration model event held at Chubu Centrair International Airport for roughly a year in 2009.
After that, we participated in the development of “i-ROAD”. We contribute to the development of personal mobility vehicles, which is an emerging technology.
TRD also works on Toyota’s out-of-workshop activities , one of which was providing assistance centered on creating the framework for the TES-ERA EV built in 2012 by the Toyota Engineering Society* based on SERA, an excellent car from the 1990s. This vehicle was entered in the EV race in Sodegaura and 2012 Auto Salon, in addition to events organized by the Toyota Engineering Society. There was a lot of Waku-waku Doki-doki (excitement) surrounding this car from 20 years ago, which had now been reborn with a revolutionary design.
*The Toyota Engineering Society is an organization that employees working at Toyota can choose to join. Founded in 1947 to further the development of technologies for a range of projects, the society allows members to polish their technologies and skills and deepen mutual relationships.
TRD also has all hands on deck providing support for activities focused on realizing the next generation of car culture. Furthermore, TRD is involved in making the bodies for the world’s first fuel cell buses providing high-speed service on fixed routes by leveraging its experience in providing customized design. These efforts are some of the many vehicle production activities in which TRD is engaged that are not related to concept cars.
GRMN (GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring) are tuned to achieve the ultimate in driving enjoyment and are given special character by drivers (Toyota employees) who have honed their skills through Nürburgring 24-Hour Endurance Race participation. To satisfy the expectations of its car-loving customers, TRD takes charge of GRMN model development and production (building car bodies).