Toyota Gazoo Racing’s enjoying a successful year in top-level motorsport, leading the World Rally, World Endurance and World Rally-Raid championships. At the same time, the organisation is helping Toyota in its efforts to create future sustainable, connected communities and eliminate carbon emissions.
Sustainable community development goal
The city of Jyväskylä is regarded as the home of sport in Finland and is long-established as the base for the annual Rally Finland. The Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team (TGR-WRT) are based nearby and have recently joined with the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) to signal their commitment to helping the community.
They are signatories with the city to a Letter of Intent for future collaboration to achieve a carbon-neutral, sustainable and diversified society through community development that’s in harmony with people and nature. This will go hand-in-hand with the construction of a new TGR-WRT development centre that’s planned for the city region.
Carbon-cutting in Cologne
Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe (TGR-E) has celebrated a topping-out ceremony for a new cooling system at its Cologne technical centre that’s expected to reduce annual CO2 emissions from the 30,000m2 site by around 1,400 tonnes a year.
This new facility, delivered in partnership with RheinEnergie, marks an important step on TGR-E’s journey to carbon neutrality, in line with the global Toyota Environment Challenge 2050. This targets zero CO2 emissions in vehicle manufacturing processes via innovative technologies and continuous improvement.
Saluting long-term partner McLaren Racing
TGR-E’s Cologne centre has hosted and provided technical support to McLaren Racing for more than a decade.
What began as initial test sessions in 2010 to become familiar with the accurate, cutting-edge systems in both TGR-E wind tunnels, evolved into a long-term cooperation utilising the Cologne facility’s R&D and production capabilities to seek a competitive advantage in the ultra-competitive world of Grand Prix racing. McLaren has made good use of the facilities in the development of each of its grand prix cars from the race-winning MP4-26 of 2011 to its latest challenger, the MCL60.