Toyota’s presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2023 will celebrate the achievement of winning three world championship titles, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Dakar Rally — all secured within the space of a year — as well as look towards a zero carbon future for motorsport.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2023: Toyota’s world beaters and more…
The cars that helped Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) achieve success in the World Endurance Championship, the World Rally Championship and the World Rally-Raid Championship will be on display and in action in the grounds of historic Goodwood House in the South of England.
Toyota’s participation will also highlight our progression towards a sustainable, zero carbon future for motorsport using multiple technologies – without detracting from the excitement and spectacle enjoyed by fans around the world. This includes the use of sustainable, carbon-neutral e-fuel in current competition cars and demonstrations of how the potential of hydrogen might be realised in the future.
This year the festival is honouring TGR’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and his third Dakar Rally win with the addition of a new ‘Nasser’s Jump’ feature in the off-road arena. Al-Attiyah helped design the leap, which will add air to the action when he takes to the course in his GR DKR Hilux T1+.
The Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid will lead a trio of GR Yaris competition cars that will be in action at Goodwood. The model which claimed a clean sweep of the 2022 WRC titles will be joined by the new GR Yaris WRC2, built for the championship’s second tier, and the hydrogen-powered GR Yaris H2 – both of which will make their first festival appearances.
The GR Yaris WRC2 was unveiled in concept form at Rally Japan at the end of the 2022 season, and is set to be offered by TGR as a customer car that is eligible for many national regional championships worldwide. Meanwhile, the GR Yaris H2 will demonstrate the carbon neutral hydrogen combustion engine technology Toyota is developing with the aim of maintaining the speed, sound and feel of high-performance motorsports for drivers and spectators alike.
Featured drivers showcasing this TGR line-up will include TGR World Rally Team principal Jari-Matti Latvala, championship contender Elfyn Evans, eight-time WRC championship winner Sébastien Ogier, and four-time WRC winner, Finnish rally legend Juha Kankkunen. Toyota is currently leading the manufacturer and driver standings in all three disciplines of motorsport: WRC, WEC and W2RC.
The hydrogen theme will also be showcased in the Goodwood debut of the GR H2 Racing Concept. Unveiled by Akio Toyoda at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, this hydrogen-engine prototype has been developed with future competition in its sights, notably a future top H2 category at the legendary endurance race. The GR H2 Racing Concept will be on static display alongside the GR010 Hybrid, which has been a dominant force in the FIA World Endurance Championship since the introduction of the Le Mans Hypercar category in 2021. It has already secured two successive manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles as well as Le Mans victories in 2021 and 2022.
The recently upgraded GR Supra GT4 Evo race car will be shown in the festival’s First Glance paddock for new models and will be in action on the hill climb course, driven by TGR Europe vice chairman and three-time Le Mans winner Kazuki Nakajima. Running on synthetic e-fuel, the race-prepared GR Supra will showcase another example of how Toyota aims to preserve the stirring sound and sensory excitement of motorsport in a carbon-neutral era. The potential of this e-fuel technology was demonstrated on the racetrack earlier this year when it was used for the first time in one of the GR Supra GT4 models entered in the gruelling Nürburgring 24 Hours.
The First Glance paddock will also host the public debut of the new GR Supra GT4 100th Edition Tribute. This special version of the GR Supra has been produced to celebrate TGR completing 100 GR Supra GT4 race cars for customers. Just 100 examples will be produced, distinguished by an exclusive Plasma Orange paint finish, matt black 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels and carbon fibre dashboard inserts. Customers will be able to specify an optional rear spoiler, evoking the look of the GT4 competition car.
Goodwood will also welcome the Toyota Mirai Sport Concept, a concept study for a sports version of the pioneering hydrogen fuel cell electric saloon. Initially revealed at the Fuji 24 Hours race in Japan, it features powerful new front styling with a deep diffuser, gloss-black exterior details, lowered suspension and 21-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport S tyres.
What are the dates of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2023?
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The event takes place on 13-16 July 2023.
Where is Goodwood?
The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2023 is held within the parkland grounds of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. The venue is located just outside Chichester, approximately 60 miles from London, and 30 miles from Brighton and Southampton. Click this link for directions.