Toyota heads for 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed


Toyota has lined up five notable debuts for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, led by a first appearance in the UK for the Lexus LF-A supercar.

Gazoo Racing’s V10-powered LF-A will be one of the main new attractions on the hill climb course, coming to Goodwood after successfully completing the Nürburgring 24-hour race as part of its continuing development program. It will be joined by another competition Lexus, the racing IS F which also took part in the 24-hour event.

Panasonic Toyota Racing will be back at Goodwood, ready to stir the crowds with a supreme display of F1 speed and technology. Timo Glock, one of grand prix racing’s fast-rising stars, will be on hand to drive the TF108, the last F1 Toyota to be designed before the sport introduced its current restrictions on wing sizes and additional aerodynamic elements.

The occasion will also provide a high profile showcase for Toyota’s continuing involvement in grass roots motor sport in the UK. The Toyota Sprint Series will be represented for the first time on the hill climb, in the shape of the mighty 700hp Fensport 4WD Celica GT4-X. Two more cars from the popular competition will also be included in the festival’s static display.

With the likely absence of any ice around Goodwood in early July, Alain Prost’s all-conquering Andros Trophy Auris will be confined to Toyota’s static display. The four-time F1 champion has claimed back-to-back titles in the annual ice racing championship at the wheel of this extraordinary car, which features carbon fiber bodywork and a tuned version of the 3.0-litre V6 engine that was used in the Lexus RX.

The festival rally stage will echo to the roar of some of Toyota’s most celebrated and successful machinery, including Group B Celica Twin-cam Turbo, Celica ST185, Celica GT4 ST205 and its ultimate championship machine, the WRC Corolla.

As well as enjoying the thrill of seeing the TF108 F1 car in action, visitors will also be able to get a driver’s eye view from the cockpit in the pit stop challenge simulator. This will form part of Toyota’s display stand alongside a wealth of classic and contemporary cars, including the mighty Toyota 7 Can-AM V8, the TS010 Le Mans Car and Yaco Racing’s 2008 German Procar Championship-winning Auris S2000.

The wilder side of Toyota styling can be enjoyed with Aygo Crazy and iQ Gazoo, and the Arctic-conquering Polar Hilux will also be on show. Toyota exhibits in the Technology Pavilion will include cut-away versions of new Prius and iQ, illustrating Toyota’s latest Hybrid Synergy Drive system and, on the iQ, its new Toyota Optimal Drive technologies. Another LF-A will be on show, along with Crystallised Wind, a glass artwork by the Japanese artist Sou Fujimoto, inspired by Lexus’s L-finesse design principles. Source: Toyota

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