Toyota Gazoo Racing announced its 2022 motorsport team setups and three GR86 teams will be competing in the Super Taikyu series.

The first two teams are with ORC ROOKIE Racing and the third team is TOM'S SPIRIT.

The ORC ROOKIE "Corolla H2 Concept" is based on the GR86 and will be competing in a class that uses biomass-derived synthetic fuel.


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  • In addition to a vehicle based on Corolla Sports and utilizing a hydrogen combustion engine, ROOKIE Racing will enter the ST-Q class with a vehicle based on the new GR86 that uses biomass-derived synthetic fuel. TGR will continue to implement testing at racing events in order to explore new options to achieve carbon neutrality. At the same time, TGR will also accelerate its technological development as SUBARU plans to race with a vehicle based on the new SUBARU BRZ.
  • TOM'S SPIRIT will race in the ST-4 class with the new GR86.
(All drivers are Japanese)
TeamClassVehicleNo.Driver
ORC ROOKIE RacingST-QORC ROOKIE Corolla H2 Concept28Naoya Gamo
Daisuke Toyoda
Kazuya Oshima
Ryuta Ukai*1
*2
ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF Concept32Masahiro Sasaki
Hiroaki Ishiura
Morizo
Yasuhiro Ogura
TOM'S SPIRITST-4TOM'S SPIRIT GR8686Takamitsu Matsui
Kenta Yamashita
Shunsuke Kohno

【Challenges with ROOKIE Racing aiming for ever-better car making using motorsport as a starting point】
  • With ROOKIE Racing, a diverse range of drivers participate in races, including master drivers, professional drivers, gentleman drivers and internal assessment drivers. From 2020, it has started competing in the Super Taikyu series with the GR Supra and GR Yaris, and TGR has engaged in coordination with ROOKIE Racing aiming for ever-better car making from a starting point in motorsports.
  • During the 2021 Super Taikyu series, a vehicle powered by a hydrogen combustion engine was entered instead of the GR Yaris from the third event, the FUJI SUPER TEC 24 Hours Race, and this was refined in the harsh environment of motorsports to promote the agile development of this technology. By implementing a cycle of identifying issues in each race and then making improvements before the next race, power output was improved by approximately 20% and torque by approximately 30% to achieve performance at the same level or better than a gasoline-powered engine over approximately six months from the first race. Filling time was also reduced from approximately five minutes at the initial race to within two minutes.
  • Much cooperation has been received for the entry of a vehicle powered by a hydrogen combustion engine, including from the Super Taikyu Organization (STO) and circuit officials. Toyota is working together with various companies and local municipalities in initiatives to expand options for “transporting” and “using” hydrogen rather than simply “using” hydrogen. With the help of all related parties, wide networks are being expanded across industries boundaries.
  • In 2022, TGR will continue to work together with ROOKIE Racing to engage in challenging initiatives to expand new options with “purposeful passion and action” to achieve carbon neutrality.