TRD has supported a number of factory-backed racing activities related to Toyota vehicles in a number of motorsports categories. In the 1980s, we provided chassis and engine development support for both Group A and Group C vehicles. This included help for domestic activities as well as activities for international races such as the Le Mans 24 race. The 1990s saw us assist with the JTCC (Japan Touring Car Championships) and JGTC (Japan GT Championships), while providing support for Toyota motorsports in developing SUPER GT racecars that saw a rebirth as an international series in 2005.
We at TRD are developing Lexus LC500 driven in the "Super GT" known as the fastest touring car race in the world, as well as Lexus RC F battling in the GT3 race.
This GT3 model of RC F is also participating in the Daytona 24 hour race, which is one of the three major endurance races in the world, and is expected to play an active role in the worldwide arena.
In contrast to many other vehicle manufacturers, who outsource chassis and engine development to different companies, TRD develops both in-house, allowing us to have good solutions ready even in the middle of a season. The vehicles we develop and manufacture are delivered to racing teams. On top of this, the racing teams also fine tune the vehicles for the actual races. Whether in the on or off season, TRD remains dedicated to developing vehicles. In addition to incorporating feedback from each team into vehicle design, we consistently review in qualities such as aerodynamics and engine characteristics and conduct endurance tests along with a battery of other tests.
All vehicles feature engines designed by TRD. In addition to tuning suited to GT racing, TRD handles everything, including mounting and technical support during races. While each vehicle is being set up by its team, they coordinate with TRD to begin the race. TRD also manages all Lexus teams. TRD participates not as a team but as a developmental and technical support unit for all Lexus teams, bringing a passion to improving the performance of Lexus GT vehicles throughout the season.
Lexus RC F 2013 test vehicle & the TRD development team
Testing a GT engine
TRD has won the GT500 championship (known as the JGTC until 2002) eight times – In 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2016.
2016 SUPER GT
DENSO KOBELCO SARD RC F #39
Drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate
2013 SUPER GT
ZENT Cerumo SC430 #38
Drivers Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate
2009 SUPER GT
Petronas Tom’s SC430 #36
Drivers Juichi Wakisaka and André Lotterer
2006 SUPER GT
Open Interface Tom’s SC430 #36
Drivers Juichi Wakisaka and André Lotterer
2005 SUPER GT
ZENT Cerumo Supra #38
Drivers Yuji Tachikawa and Toranosuke Takagi
Esso Ultraflo Supra #6
Drivers Juichi Wakisaka and Akira Iida
au Cerumo Supra #38
Drivers Yuji Tachikawa and Hironori Takeuchi
Castrol Tom’s Supra #36
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Michael Krumm
TRD develops and produces racecar parts for Toyota vehicle drivers participating in all categories of motorsports. From beginners to experts, TRD works to further popularize and develop participatory motorsports. Our efforts here include everything from planning to vehicle and part development and production, the creation of regulations, and PR activities, as part of the full spectrum of support provided for hobbyist-oriented entry-level races such as the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Netz Cup Vitz Race, and the rally-format TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge. We are also proactively involved in efforts related to “making great cars” and “getting to enjoy and love cars”, the themes of the GAZOO Racing initiative started by Toyota in 2006.
The TRD Vitz Challenge started in 2002 as Japan’s first one-make rally car race has grown into one of Japan’s biggest rally events. To encourage further participation in the event, we changed its name in 2012 to the TRD Rally Challenge, and in 2016 to the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge. The event is done in the WRC style that is familiar to novice racers, and is a one-day event that lets participants get maximum fun out of day off. Entry fees are low for this rally event for Toyota cars that let drivers test their skills against others. TRD provides support for this rally-format motorsport event that participants can readily take part in, by setting multiple entry classes even with non-TOYOTA vehicles, based on a concept that has been well received since its inception.
In addition to support for vehicle development and production for “JAF-certified one-make races with road-taxed vehicles”, races that make dreams come true for those hoping to one day take part in a race, TRD also manages races and provides technical support.
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race has been held since 2013. It has garnered considerable attention as a JAF-certified one-make race with road-taxed vehicles based on rear wheel drive sportscars. Starting from 2015, the classes are divided into Club-man Series and Professional Series. Now some races are inviting more than 100 entries, providing a thrilling experience in each battle.
One of the first one-make races with road-taxed vehicles, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Netz Cup Vitz Race has grown over many years since its start in 2000. Much loved by fans, this pioneering participatory motorsport has a series championship held in five areas throughout the nation.
Of the four joys of GAZOO Racing, namely having a car, driving it, going out with friends, and talking about cars, TRD focuses especially on the fun of driving cars by conducting planning and management and providing vehicles and technical support. We maintain and manage vehicles for Waku-doki Driving events, where drivers can experience circuit driving and learn more about cars and the true excitement of driving.
By tempering cars on circuits such as Nürburgring and rally courses throughout the world, TRD stays engaged in providing its car-loving customers with great machines.
TRD provides support for the GAZOO Racing team’s participation in motorsports such as the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race, Super Taikyu Endurance Series, and TRD Rally Challenge.
The T.D.P. (Toyota Young Drivers Program) sees Kazuki Nakajima, Kohei Hirate, Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Yuji Kunimoto, and other top drivers in Japan participate in SUPER GT and Super Formula events. The program develops racecar drivers who compete in top categories in Japan and around the world, and TRD lends support for affiliated driver discovery, development, and enhancement projects.
TRD has been developing racecars based off of the new Vios that launched throughout Asia in 2013 and has contributed to promoting grassroots racing and sales efforts. We have also provided support in holding one-make races in Thailand and the Philippines as well as providing parts, technical assistance, and event management support.
Started in 2012, this one-make race was the first in India to use Toyota vehicles. TRD has provided support in planning events, developing vehicles, conducting driving schools, and providing technical support during the events.
Etios racing car
TRD took part in the 2013 FIA APRC (Asia-Pacific Rally Championship). The competitor was an FIA-homologated Vitz developed together with Toyota. In collaboration with the Cusco World Rally Team, it won the championship title in four categories, including the Manufacturers Championship and the Asia Cup.
Cusco TRD DL Vitz
Driver Michael Young
86 racing car made by TRD was entered into MMER, a 12-hour endurance race. Involved in vehicle development in conformance with N1 regulations, TRD collaborated with Malaysia’s Wing Hin Motorsports and secured a third class win in 2012 and fourth and fifth class wins between two vehicles in 2013. TRD-recommended Japanese drivers participated in the race.
TEAM Wing Hin Motorsports With TRD