What happens when top-level motorsport technology is brought to the field of para sports? Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe’s engineers swapped the design of World Championship-winning race cars to begin a clean-sheet design of a Racing Wheelchair, the latest expression of their commitment to mobility.
Working hand in hand with experienced athletes to develop unique solutions, TGR-E’s knowledge of para sports has reached new heights.
Racing Wheelchair: Philosophy
A key philosophy behind the development was the dream to create a platform which can be adapted to the size and shape of other athletes. Only a minority of components require modification to adjust the wheelchair to the needs of each athlete.
Being more familiar with techniques and technologies on the various race tracks of the world, TGR-E engineers strived for the optimum shape, ensuring all the athlete’s energy goes into forward motion. The innovative back support ensures optimum safety and comfort, with a quick release mechanism for ease of use.
Racing Wheelchair: Design
Inspired by what it takes to win in motorsport, every detail has been evaluated and optimised for peak performance, combining the knowledge of high-tech materials with powerful design tools and processes.
Working closely with top athlete Alhassane Baldé, a multiple European Championship medal winner, TGR-E engineers used the latest technology and methods to conceptualise this new kind of Racing Wheelchair.
The result is a design as visually striking as it is technically innovative, bringing performance and safety together to elevate para sports technology to a new level. The racing wheelchair is adaptable to most athletes, handmade and adjusted to each individual’s exact requirements alongside being crafted from the lightest, strongest materials available.
Adjustability and Steering
The seat can be adjusted in four directions to ensure peak comfort in all circumstances. The racing wheelchair is also equipped with an integrated steering within the main spine of the wheelchair for optimum performance.
Following the same principle as that of the TGR race cars, the wheelchair is lightweight, and the high strength composite materials form its structure, embracing the latest in production technologies to deliver immense strength.
The base cost of the Racing Wheelchair is €37,850 (excluding VAT) plus individualisation packages (approx €5,000-€15,000), individual wheel sets (price upon inquiry) and delivery fees. View the brochure here.
The TGR-E Racing Wheelchair is born from a winning heritage on the race tracks of the world, and pushes the limits for better to create new successes in the para sports arena. What do you think of it? Tell us in the comments below.
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