TOYOTA BRINGS HYDROGEN, HORSEPOWER AND HERITAGE TO THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
- Hydrogen-powered Mirai to make its first appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (23 to 26 June)
- Focus on rallying past and present with the GT86 CS-R3 competition car and Dakar 2016 Hilux and plus Toyota greats from three decades of World Rally Championship competition
- First UK appearance of the new 2017 GT86 coupe
- New Toyota C-HR crossover vehicle on public display for the first time in the UK
The Toyota Mirai is set to take the Goodwood Festival of Speed into a new era of hydrogen power. Following up its recent UK motorsports competition debut, Mirai is being readied for a high-profile appearance on the famous Goodwood hill climb course. It will also be available for public test drives, with six lined up for the festival’s Moving Motor Show on 23 June.
Toyota is also hosting two significant UK premieres at Goodwood, revealing both the 2017-specification GT86 coupe that will be appearing in showrooms later this year, and the new C-HR compact crossover, which will reach the road early next year.
The GT86’s sporting qualities will be to the fore, with the Toyota Motorsport-developed CS-R3 version demonstrating its speed and handling on Goodwood’s rally stage. The car has been produced as an exciting and cost-effective machine that’s suitable for all levels of the sport, from grass roots up to international FIA-sanctioned competition.
The new Toyota Hilux will be featured both on the rally stage and the hill climb course in full Dakar rally-raid trim, celebrating the third place finish secured in this year’s event by Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz.
While the GT86 and Dakar Hilux put Toyota’s current motorsport programme in the frame – a schedule that includes development of Yaris for entry in next year’s World Rally Championship – a clutch of classic Toyotas will celebrate three decades of the marque’s competition at the pinnacle of the sport.
Midgley Motorsport will be fielding its rare Celica TE27 and RA40 models from the 1970s and a 1986-vintage Corolla AE86. The ultra-powerful age of Group B rallying in the 1980s will be represented by the Celica TA64, appearing alongside a Celica GT-Four – the model which Carlos Sainz drove to his second world championship title in 1992.