ALL-NEW GR86 FEATURE

The origins of
GAZOO Racing

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86
Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86

How can you make cars that people will still talk about 100 years from now? There’s no single answer. We know that the car must be one that you really want to drive. The moment you see it; the moment you get in – it moves you. This is a quest we set out to achieve when TOYOTA GAZOO Racing was formed.

With the upcoming release of the thrilling All-New GR86, we took a look back at the origins of the GR badge.

Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86
Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86

Have you experienced 'Waku Doki'?

Much has changed in performance vehicles over the 60 years we’ve been involved in motorsport, but one thing remains the same for us at Toyota: the concept of Waku Doki. A Japanese expression for “heart pumping, adrenaline racing.”

This captures the spirit of excitement running through all Toyota sports cars. Looking to the origin of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, you’ll see GR and Waku Doki go hand in hand.

A brief TGR motorsports timeline

Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86 - Brief TGR motorsport timeline
Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86 - Brief TGR motorsports timeline
Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86
Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86

Toyota GR Series: motorsports DNA in your hands

Developing new cars from track to road meant working hand-in-hand with our award-winning motorsports engineers. Applying our six-decade history in motorsports, we developed the GR Series with the same spirit of challenge and Waku Doki that TOYOTA GAZOO Racing represents.

We built this series to meet a three-stage development process, borrowing from how our racing vehicles are innovated:

Race cars are continuously adapted with new technologies in petrol and hybrid.

These features get tested on the world’s most challenging roads and conditions like Dakar and Nürburgring.

Feedback from our racing teams informs the development of next-generation road vehicles.

Our current and upcoming GR Series

TOYOTA GR Supra: LEGENDARY

The first global model in the GR sports car series, the GR Supra is the evolution of a Toyota legend—a sports car designed for heart-pumping exhilaration.

GR YARIS: BORN FROM WRC

Inspired by the car that won three World Rally Championship titles, the GR Yaris is pure sports-tuned performance that will make you love every single second on the road.

ALL-NEW GR86: RAW DRIVING, EVOLVED

The All-New GR86 is our upcoming third global GR model. Engineered for fans of the 86 and newcomers alike, GR86 is geared to bring the heart-thumping adrenalin of next-generation TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to the road – and the track.

A new era for 86 and GR

For the All-New GR86, our TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team came on board to help design the uniquely thrilling driving experience that you’d expect of a GR vehicle. Applying pit team expertise to engineer more intuitive handling, instinctive responsiveness and outstanding agility at the upper limits of performance – while still carrying on the tradition of the Toyota 86.

Toyota GAZOO Racing Club Australia - All-new GR86
Toyota GAZOO Racing Club Australia - All-new GR86

Australia’s exclusive GAZOO RACING CLUB

Building a community for like-minded GR enthusiasts, we launched the GAZOO RACING CLUB in Australia in 2021. Offering exclusive privileges to owners of the thrilling GR Yaris and GR Supra.

With the upcoming GR86 joining the ranks, a calendar of trackside events and the involvement of Toyota Ambassadors and rally royalty, Neil and Harry Bates, there has never been a better time to join the club and drive GR.

Want to know more about TOYOTA GAZOO Racing? Click here to explore all our upcoming activities.

You can also find more information about All-New GR86 and register your interest. While you’re fantasising about life in a GR vehicle, check out the GAZOO RACING CLUB and explore all the exclusive benefits you’ll enjoy.

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia - All-new GR86
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