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  • TMG Sports 650 concept

    Toyota’s motorsport partner TMG is unlikely to develop high-performance road cars based on Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The motorsport skunk works, which is based in Cologne, Germany, currently builds Toyota’s Le Mans prototypes as well as customer race cars based on the Yaris and GT 86 (Scion FR-S) models, but recently it built a high-performance Lexus LS prototype that was developed to showcase its capabilities in the area of road cars. MUST SEE: Ferrari 360 Modena Crashes Down Steep Malibu Embankment: Video Together with previous comments from TMG boss Yoshiaki Kinoshita, the...

  • Lexus LFA service being done at TMG in Cologne, Germany
    The Lexus LFA Gets Serviced Like A Le Mans Car

    The LFA isn’t your run-of-the-mill Lexus, so it should come as little surprise that when it’s due for a service, owners can’t simply roll up to their local Lexus dealership. While in the U.S. LFA owners are looked after by a handful of specialized dealerships, over in Europe Lexus...

  • 2013 Toyota Yaris R1A rally car
    Toyota Starts Work On Yaris WRC: Report

    The World Rally Championship doesn’t get much attention here in the U.S., and even globally its popularity has been on the wane in recent years. But that may change in coming years as more of the major automakers join the fray. Just this year, in fact, Volkswagen entered WRC and won the title...

  • 2013 Toyota GT 86 CS-V3
    TMG Announces Plans For Toyota GT 86 Rally Car

    Toyota motorsport partner TMG has announced plans to build a rear-wheel-drive rally car based on the Toyota GT 86, the global version of the Scion FR-S. TMG is targeting the FIA’s new R3C rally category, which calls for vehicles with two-wheel drive, normally aspirated engines ranging from...

  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Yaris Hybrid-R Live Photos And Video From The 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    At the Frankfurt Auto Show this week, Toyota presented a new concept based on its Yaris hatchback that leverages the automaker’s hybrid technology developed for its TS030 Hybrid Le Mans prototype. While the new concept, labeled the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R, is not destined for production, its...

  • TMG Sports 650 concept
    Lexus LS-Based TMG Sports 650 Hits The Track: Video

    Last year we saw TMG unveil a wild Lexus LS concept car built with the tools and technology previously used for building F1 cars (and now used for Le Mans). The concept was the TMG Sports 650, which came powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine delivering 641 horsepower (650 in metric...

  • 2013 Toyota EV P002 electric race car

    After breaking the Pikes Peak record for an electric car in 2012, and coming a respectable sixth overall, Toyota is set to return to the famous ‘Race To The Clouds’ this year with an improved version of its EV P002 electric racer. Toyota has also secured a new driver for its 2013 challenge: nine-time Pikes Peak winner Rod Millen, father of current Pikes Peak record holder Rhys Millen. The 2013-spec EV P002 is once again engineered and built by Toyota’s German performance unit TMG, though the chassis is supplied by British firm radical. It features a similar spec to last...

  • 2013 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Le Mans prototype
    2013 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Le Mans Prototype Makes Debut

    After a disastrous 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign last year, where both of its TS030 Hybrid prototypes ended up crashing, Toyota is back to fight again in 2013, with an updated version of its advanced gasoline-electric race car. The 2013 Toyota TS030 Hybrid prototype made its debut today at a special...

  • TMG Sports 650 concept, 2012 Essen Motor Show
    TMG Sport 650 Concept Live Photos From 2012 Essen Motor Show

    Already renowned for building some of the most capable race cars on the planet, Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the company behind Toyota’s former F1 program and current hybrid Le Mans prototypes, has set itself a new challenge: to build a car that’s not only fast, but comfortable too. It was...

  • TMG Sports 650 concept
    TMG’s Lexus LS-Based TS-650 Super Sedan Concept Debuts

    Toyota Motorsport Gmbh (TMG), the independently run motorsports partner for Toyota and Lexus, has unveiled its first concept car intended primarily for road use. The concept is the new TMG Sports 650, which is based on a Lexus LS 460 sedan and is set to make its public debut this Friday at the 2012...

  • TMG Sports 650 concept
    TMG Teases Lexus LS-Based TS-650 Prototype Ahead Of Essen Debut

    TMG, an official motorsports partner of Toyota and Lexus, has released some new teaser images of a high-performance Lexus LS prototype the company plans to unveil at the 2012 Essen Motor Show taking place in Germany at the end of this month. We previously brought you photos of a scale model of the...

  • TMG Lexus LS 650 wind tunnel prototype
    TMG Lexus LS 650 Prototype Set For 2012 Essen Motor Show

    For the past several years the TMG skunk works based in Cologne, Germany has been working on a number of secret projects for Toyota, including much of the automaker’s recent racing efforts, electric car development and groundwork for the launch of a potential TMG performance brand. One of...

  • TMG EV P002 at the Nürburgring

    Toyota has set a new Nürburgring lap record for an electric car using its TMG EV P002 prototype racer. The final time came in at 7:22.329, which is a full 25 seconds faster than the time set by Toyota’s first EV prototype, which set the previous electric car record for the 12.92-mile track in August of last year. The new TMG EV P002 is the latest development of Cologne-based Toyota Motorsport, and also holds claim to being the fastest electric car to ever ascend Pikes Peak. Driven by Toyota driver Fumio Nutahara, the electric racer set an impressive time of 10:15.380 for the hill...

  • Toyota GT 86 CS-V3 race car built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH
    Toyota Motorsport Builds Scion FR-S Customer Race Car

    Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the German motorsports company formerly responsible for Toyota’s Formula 1 program and now contracted to developing racing versions of its production cars, has rolled out a new racing version of the Scion FR-S’ cousin sold overseas, the Toyota GT 86 sports...

  • TMG racing simulator
    TMG Shows Off Its Advanced Racing Simulator

    Toyota competed in its first 24 Hours of Le Mans race in more than a decade earlier this year, using its new TS030 hybrid prototype developed primarily by the automaker’s independently run racing division Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) based in Cologne, Germany. After such a long break from Le...

  • Toyota Motorsport GmbH’s facility in Cologne, Germany
    TMG Ready To Build Virtually Anything From Scratch

    It’s very rare these days for an automaker to develop a car completely from scratch. Often, designing and building a car involves sourcing parts from other firms, including even from rival automakers. That’s because many firms do not have the capability to design, test and manufacturer...

  • Toyota Motorsport GmbH’s facility in Cologne, Germany
    Toyota And Lexus To Get ‘TMG’ Performance Sub-Brand?

    Since Toyota made the tough decision to pull out of Formula 1 racing at the end of the 2009 season, the automaker’s multi-million dollar motorsports facility based in Cologne, Germany, has been keeping busy with a number of performance-related projects. Although the team at Toyota Motorsports...

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