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  1. Our Australian legacy started 60 years ago when Sir Leslie Thiess privately imported 12 LandCruisers to work on the Snowy Hydro Scheme. One million ...
  2. Toyota Gazoo Racing clinched a hard-earned double podium finish in the 4 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday (10 November) as their seven-race winning streak came to an end in the third round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Victory eluded the team as their cars competed with maximum success handicap, the result of having won both the opening rounds of the season. This made their rival non-hybrid cars in the championship’s LMP1 class more competitive, but a patient race and efficient pit stops helped the Toyotas secure second and third places behind the No1 Rebellion car. Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley in the No8 TS050 Hybrid gained a three-point lead in the drivers’ championship by finishing second, ahead of their team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López who finished third in the No7 Toyota. In the teams’ championship, Toyota Gazoo Racing have now a 27-point advantage over their nearest challengers. In the early stages, Kobayashi held third in the No7 car ahead of Buemi before the Swiss driver moved ahead on lap 12. The first pit stops for fuel came after 45 minutes, with prompt work by the Toyota crew getting their cars back on the track 10 seconds faster than the rival Ginetta team. This gave Buemi the opportunity to leapfrog the No5 Ginetta to take second place and subsequently the race lead, which he held until the Rebellion car, running on new tyres, was able to pass on lap 40. Kobayashi and the two Ginetta drivers were handed a drive-through penalty for a start-line infringement which led to the No7 Toyota falling back to fifth place. At the first driver change around the 90-minute mark, Hartley took over the No8 Toyota in second place, around 30 seconds behind the race leader, with López a similar distance behind in third. The positions remained stable at half-distance as the drivers battled severe tyre wear and heavy traffic. The final driver change brought Nakajima and Conway into the action, but neither was able to improve their position before the chequered flag. The focus now switches to the fourth round of the season, the 8 Hours of Bahrain, which will take place on 14 December. 1st No1 Rebellion (Senna/Menezes/Nato) 125 laps 2nd No8 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley) +1min 6.984secs 3rd No7 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Conway/Kobayashi/López) +1 lap 4th No5 Ginetta (King/Hanley/Orudzhev) +1 lap 5th No6 Ginetta (Robertson/Simpson/Smith) +2 laps 6th No38 JOTA (Gonzalez/Da Costa/Davidson) +4 laps
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  5. Mike Conway celebrated a home victory as Toyota Gazoo Racing made a perfect start to the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship at the 4 Hours of Silverstone on Sunday (1 September) Conway and his No7 car team-mates Kamui Kobayashi and José María López took victory in their TS050 Hybrid to register a sixth consecutive win for the reigning world champion team, ahead of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley in the No8 Toyota. “It’s great to win my home race, I have been trying to win this race for a while now – it’s taken me long enough!” said Conway. “Big thanks go to my team-mates who did a really solid job in tricky conditions. It was a very tight race so it feels great to come away with the win.” This one-two result was achieved in spite of new sporting regulations that meant the Toyotas were carrying an extra 99kg compared to their nearest rivals. Conway started the race from pole position, maintaining an advantage over Buemi during the early stages. A full-course caution period briefly saw the Rebellion team cars at the front of the field, before Buemi moved through to the lead, with Conway running second. A heavy rain shower forced the team to make unscheduled pit stops to fit wet weather tyres. Pit stops were crucial to the team’s strategy, as the new regulations have also increased the refuelling time for the Toyotas. Brendon Hartley, making his race debut for the team, took over the lead, but was passed by Kobayashi towards half distance. The running order closed up as the race entered the final two hours due to a safety car period, after which the two Toyotas battled for victory, swapping position several times before López and Nakajima took over the driving duties for the final hour. López held the advantage in the closing stages, taking the chequered flag less than two seconds ahead of Nakajima. This gives Toyota Gazoo Racing an early World Championship lead ahead of the second race of the season, a home event for the team at Fuji Speedway in Japan, on 6 October. Here the race format will return to its more familiar six-hour length. 4 Hours of Silverstone results: 1 No7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 129 laps 2 No8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +1.901secs 3 No3 Rebellion (Berthon/Derani/Duval) +1 lap 4 No5 Ginetta (Robertson/Hanley/Orudzhev) +5 laps 5 No42 Cool Racing (Lapierre/Borga) +5 laps 6 No36 Signatech Alpine (Laurent/Negrão/Ragues) +5 laps
  6. Toyota Gazoo Racing will begin the defence of their FIA World Endurance Championship title this weekend when the 2019-2020 series opens with the 4 Hours of Silverstone Home favourite Mike Conway leads the line-up in the No7 car, alongside Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, while in the No8 car, World Champions Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima are joined by Brendon Hartley, who will make his Toyota Gazoo Racing debut at Silverstone. Conway said: “Silverstone is a special place for me, not only as my home race but because the track itself is really cool, with fast and flowing corners. When you put together a fast lap there, it is very rewarding because it is so quick. There’s always a big crowd and I have family and friends supporting me, so I would love to finally win my home race; I’ve been close a few times but I hope that this is the year.” The team enjoyed a near-perfect season in 2018-2019, which included two Le Mans 24 Hours victories. They return to the track with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid race car, competing in eight races on four continents, including the climax of the season at Le Mans on 14 June 2020. To start their fourth and final year of competition, the TS050 Hybrids will compete at Silverstone in high-downforce trim, debuting a new aerodynamic configuration that the team revealed at the championship prologue test in Barcelona in July. The team are particularly determined to succeed at Silverstone, as it is the only race they failed to win last season, having been excluded from the results because of a technical infringement caused by accident damage. This year the Silverstone race is the first in the WEC’s modern era to be held over four hours, during which the leading cars can expect to complete close to 500 miles. At stake is the Royal Automobile Club International Tourist Trophy, a prize first presented in 1905 and won by some of the legendary figures in world motorsport, including Tazio Nuvolari, Stirling Moss and Graham Hill. The challenge to the Toyotas will come from LMP1-class non-hybrid rivals from Rebellion and Ginetta, which will benefit from revised regulations that give them weight, fuel and engine performance advantages. The action will start on Friday with two 90-minute practice sessions, followed by qualifying at lunchtime on Saturday. The race will get under way at midday on Sunday. The weekend marks the first visit to a WEC race for Katsuyoshi Hikichi, in his new role as President of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the Cologne-based technical centre where the TS050 Hybrid is designed and assembled. He takes over the position from Hisatake Murata, who remains Team President of Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC and Field General Manager of the Gazoo Racing Company.
  7. Toyota Australia has today announced that it will initiate a safety recall on 183 Camry, Corolla, Prius and RAV4 hybrid vehicles sold to consumers that were produced between April 2019 to May 2019 In the subject vehicles, there is a possibility components of the electronic brake booster pump assembly may have been manufactured improperly. In some cases, the brake booster pump may stop operating. If this occurs, multiple warning lights and messages could illuminate on the instrument panel and audible chimes could sound. After several brake pedal applications, power brake assist could be lost completely. A loss of power brake assist while driving could increase the vehicle stopping distance and may increase the risk of an accident. Toyota Dealers will notify all involved vehicle owners about this recall personally by telephone, requesting they make an appointment at their preferred/closest Toyota Dealer to have the vehicle inspected. If owners cannot be reached by telephone, a letter will be sent to their last known address. Expected commencement timing is July 2019. For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will inspect the brake booster pump and replace it with a new one if necessary, free of charge. There have been no reported incidents or injuries in Australia or worldwide caused by this condition. For further information, please contact the Toyota Recall Campaign Hotline on 1800 987 366 (Monday - Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm AEST) Q1. What models are involved? A1. Camry (AXVH71), Corolla (ZWE211), Prius (ZVW50), Rav4 (AXVH52/54) model vehicles VIN Range Production Period Model Name Model Code WMI VDS CD From To From To Camry AXVH71 JTN B23HK # 03036371 03039526 6/5/2019 31/5/2019 Corolla ZWE211 JTN K93BE 03008578 03009688 26/4/2019 31/5/2019 Prius ZVW50 JTD KB3FU 03087452 16/5/2019 RAV4 AXAH54 JTM BW3FV 0D021490 0D026428 26/4/2019 31/5/2019 0D510520 0D511490 23/5/2019 30/5/2019 0J014588 26/4/2019 DW3FV 0D021468 0D026454 26/4/2019 31/5/2019 0J014691 0J016057 6/5/2019 21/5/2019 RW3FV 0D021377 0D026514 26/4/2019 31/5/2019 0D511130 0D511746 28/5/2019 31/5/2019 AXAH52 W23FV 0D019074 0D021554 26/4/2019 31/5/2019 0D502469 28/5/2019 Y23FV 0D019055 0D021585 26/4/2019 31/5/2019 0D501978 0D502479 26/4/2019 28/5/2019 0J018929 0J020364 6/5/2019 31/5/2019 Z23FV 0D019116 0D021579 6/5/2019 31/5/2019 0D502538 30/5/2019 Q2. How many vehicles are involved? A2. There are approximately 183 vehicles sold to consumers involved in Australia. Q3. What was the production period of the involved vehicles? A3. The involved vehicles were produced between April 2019 to May 2019. Q4. What is the condition? A4. The subject vehicles are fitted with an electronically controlled brake booster pump, which consists of an accumulator and a pump motor. The pump motor contains a plastic brush holder that holds motor brushes. There is a possibility that due to an error in the manufacturing process, the dimensions of the brush holder are not to standard. This may cause the pump motor to stop operating. If the pump motor stops operating, multiple warning lights and messages could illuminate, and audible chimes could sound. In this condition, brake assist could be lost, reducing braking performance, increasing the risk of an accident. Q5. Are there any symptoms/warnings before the condition appears in a vehicle? A5. Yes, multiple warning lights and messages could illuminate, and audible chimes could sound. Q6. Can I continue driving the vehicle when this condition occurs? A6. If this condition occurs, the vehicle owner should immediately stop driving the vehicle and contact their nearest Toyota Dealer for diagnosis and repair. Q7. What does the remedy involve? A7. For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will inspect and if required, replace the electronic controlled brake booster assembly free of charge to guests. Q8. How long will the remedy take? A8. The remedy will take approximately 4-7 hours (model dependant). However, it may be necessary for the owner to make the vehicle available for a longer period depending upon the dealer's schedule. Q9. Does this condition affect other Toyota models? A9. No other Toyota models in the Australian market are involved in this campaign. Q10. What if an owner has additional questions or concerns? A10. Owners with additional questions or concerns are asked to please contact their local Toyota Dealer in the first instance or the Toyota Recall Campaign Helpline on 1800 987 366 (Monday - Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm AEST). Please quote your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Q11. Where can I find my VIN? A11. VIN number location varies by model. For information on how to find the VIN position specific to your vehicle, please search "vehicle identification number" in the alphabetical index at the rear of your Owner's Manual. Q12. Toyota recently issued a sales stop on the same vehicles. Is this recall in relation to the same issue? A12. Toyota Australia recently put a selected number of vehicles on a temporary sales stop, as a precautionary measure to understand the consistency of manufacturing amongst those vehicles. The majority of vehicles inspected were found to be consistent with Toyota's manufacturing standards and have since been released. Unfortunately, 183 vehicles had already been delivered when the sales stop was put in place and have therefore not been inspected. Subsequently a recall for these vehicles has been announced.
  8. The 2019 Toyota Prius Plug-in is launched this summer with a new, five-seat interior. An established pathfinder for advanced technologies, the updated model also focuses on greater convenience and choice with a series of new features and options What remains constant is Prius Plug-in’s exceptional efficiency and versatility. Its rechargeable powertrain delivers an official 217mpg (WLTP data) with 29g/km CO2 emissions (NEDC correlated data), and allows an all-electric EV driving range, with zero emissions, of up to 34 miles. The car’s designed-in efficiency includes a sophisticated heating system with a pump which draws heat from air outside the car, requiring less power than heaters which generate warmth from the engine. Also, the lithium-ion battery has a warming system which ensures the cells are brought up to an efficient working temperature, so that efficiency and EV driving range are maintained even in cold weather. The new look interior replaces the rear centre console with a third seat to take capacity up to five people. A new seat fabric pattern has been introduced and there are two interior colour options: Cool Grey, with grey seat bolsters, and Black. The car’s trim has also been changed to all-black, including the centre console, shift lever and steering wheel, matching the look of the 2019 Prius. There are new colour choices for the exterior, too, with the introduction of Scarlet Flare pearlescent and Galaxy Black metallic finishes. Equipment changes include the provision of a larger wireless charging tray, which can accommodate the latest generation smartphones. Prius Plug-in also adopts the latest specification Toyota Touch multimedia system. Equipment specifications for the two-grade range are unchanged. The Business Edition model comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, smart entry and start, head-up display, Toyota Touch 2 with navigation and DAB, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with HUMI occupant detection, wireless phone charger, heated front seats and two TFT multi-information colour displays. The Excel version adds leather seat upholstery, a JBL premium audio system and Simple Intelligent Park Assist, with front and rear parking sensors. The new 2019 Toyota Prius Plug-in is on sale now.
  9. Toyota Gazoo Racing today confirmed it will launch the GR Supra GT4, a race car for private/customer teams, in 2020 This comes on the back of growing worldwide customer expectations following the unveiling of a GR Supra GT4 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, and the GR Supra’s participation in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race in June. The company plans to strengthen its focus on customer motorsports to help people around the world take part in racing, It will use feedback gained from their involvement to help develop ever-better cars. The GR Supra GT4* race car is based on GR Supra – Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first global model, released earlier this year – and is developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH. The GT4 competition category is popular with private race teams around the world because of its low cost and simple entry requirements. GT4 cars are eligible for a wide variety of races, including the continental series and the VLN endurance races at the Nurburgring in Europe, the Michelin Pilot series in the USA and the Super Takiyu series in Japan. GR Supra already competes in the NASCAR Xfinity championship in North America and, from 2020, is scheduled to take part in the Super GT GT500 class in Japan. Toyota Gazoo Racing joined forces with three technical partners to develop the GR Supra GT4: Akrapovič, Pirelli and Ravenol. Akrapovič will co-operate in development of motorsport exhaust systems, while Pirelli will collaborate on tyre development and Ravenol will provide lubricants. The car’s full specifications, pricing, sales area and release date will be announced later this year. GR Supra GT4 outline technical specifications Chassis Length (mm) 4,460 Width (mm) 1,855 Height (mm) 1,250 Construction Steel body with high-strength roll cage Front diffuser Natural fibre composite Rear wing Natural fibre composite Fuel tanks Motorsport-spec’ with fast refuelling system Driver’s seat FIA-standard racing seat Engine and transmission Engine type Six-cylinder, in-line with twin-scroll turbocharger Displacement (cc) 2,998 Transmission Automatic, rear-wheel drive Lubricants Ravenol Exhaust system Akrapovič Suspension, steering and brakes Front suspension MacPherson strut Rear suspension Multilink Steering Electric, rack and pinion Tyres Pirelli Wheels Five-hole, 11 x 18in * GT4 is a competition category for production race cars, based on SRO-regulated Grand Touring (GT) cars. It is positioned one rank below GT3.
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  11. Toyota Gazoo Racing won the 87th Le Mans 24 Hours yesterday (Sunday) with a one-two finish for their cars in spite of a final hour drama that closed the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship season Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso defended their Le Mans title in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, securing them the drivers’ World Championship. They crossed the line with a 16.9-second advantage over their team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, who had looked set for victory in the No7 car. On the 367th lap, López held a lead of more than two minutes, but had to pit when his car’s on-board sensors indicated a puncture. A sensor issue resulted in the wrong tyre being replaced and the car being sent back into the race still with a deflating tyre. A further slow lap back to the pits for another tyre change handed an unassailable lead to Nakajima. The No7 crew had controlled much of the race, including setting a new record Le Mans race lap with a time of 3 min 17.297sec. Other motorsport records were rewritten, too: Nakajima became Japan’s first circuit racing world champion and Alonso became only the second driver to win four-wheel world titles in two different disciplines, having previously been crowned Formula 1 World Champion. Kobayashi had put the No7 Toyota on pole position with the fastest qualifying lap, just ahead of the No8 car. That set the scene for an exciting and close battle between the two 1,000hp machines as the race progressed. After 12 hours the gap was still less than nine seconds, but during the night the No7 extended its advantage as its sister car encountered aerodynamic issues from bodywork damage. During the final hours the gap remained stable at around two minutes and the focus switched to bringing both cars home safely. All appeared to be going to plan until the final drama played out with less than an hour to run. Hisatake Murata, Team President, said: “We have an unusual feeling because we have won our second Le Mans but everyone in the team is sorry for Mike, Kamui and José and the No7 crew, who would have been deserving winners. Nevertheless, I am proud of the overall performance as well as the team spirit which we showed throughout the race, also in the difficult moments in the final hour. Congratulations to the new World Champions Sébastien, Kazuki and Fernando, also on their second Le Mans victory. This was a dramatic end to an incredible season for Toyota Gazoo Racing and we look forward to defending our titles next season.” FINAL CLASSIFICATION, LE MANS 24 HOURS 2019 1st No8 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) 385 laps 2nd No7 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Conway/Kobayashi/ López) +16.972sec 3rd No11 SMP (Petrov/Aleshin/Vandoorne) +6 laps 4th No1 Rebellion (Jani/Lotterer/Senna) +9 laps 5th No3 Rebellion (Laurent/Berthon/Menezes) +15 laps 6th No36 Signatech Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet) +17 laps
  12. Toyota Gazoo Racing are preparing to defend their Le Mans 24 Hours crown next week in the most challenging race of the year and the final date in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018-2019 season The team have dominated the series since claiming Toyota’s first Le Mans win last year, and enter this year’s race already assured of taking both the teams’ and drivers’ world championships. The drivers’ title will be decided between the crew of the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid – the 2018 Le Mans victors – Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, and their No7 car team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López. The No8 drivers go into the race with a 31-point advantage, but with a maximum 39 points still to be won. Looking ahead to the prospect of his second Le Mans, Alonso said: “Le Mans is the toughest race on the calendar. The victory last year meant a lot to me, it was a dream come true to achieve that on my first attempt. The podium celebration when you see the whole straight, the whole pit lane full of people after so much hard work makes you feel very proud of your team. Fortunately this year we do not have the pressure of winning for the first time and I hope we can enjoy the race a bit more, but we will work hard and it will definitely be very challenging.” Toyota has competed at Le Mans with a hybrid-powered LMP1 prototype car since 2012. This year’s TS050 Hybrid has all-wheel drive courtesy of motor-generators on the front and rear axles and maximum power of 1,000hp. This high output supported by a regenerative braking system that recovers energy under braking for storage in the car’s high-power battery. Because this year’s race is part of the same season as the 2018 edition, the competition rules prohibit any major changes to the low downforce-specification TS050 Hybrid, but the team have been able to fine-tune the car’s set-ups and their race strategies. Preparations for race week stepped up a gear with the official Le Mans test day on 2 June, during which the two Toyotas set the pace. Buemi recorded the overall quickest lap, marginally slower than last year’s best test lap due to 10kg increase in the car’s minimum weight. The Le Mans meeting encapsulates the spirit and challenge of endurance racing with close to 35 hours of driving, starting on Wednesday, 12 June with a four-hour practice session at 4pm, followed by two hours of qualifying from 10pm. Qualifying continues the following day with further two-hour sessions at 7pm and 10pm. The starting grid is decided by the fastest overall laps from any of the sessions. On Saturday a 45-minute warm-up precedes the race getting underway at 3pm.