Dakar hero Alonso now heading for Indy racing?

LONDON, England – Ex-Formula 1 pilot and more recently a driver for the successful South African Toyota Gazoo team in the 2020 ‘Dakar’, Fernando Alonso, is now available to drive for any team in the Indianapolis 500 after ending his relationship with McLaren. The team is reported as confirming that the double World F1 champion’s…

Sainz wins 2020 Dakar for X-raid, four SA cars in top 10

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Carlos Sainz has secured his third Dakar Rally victory from the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time, with Toyota Gazoo’s SA reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah second. Al-Attiyah’s Toyota Gazoo SA squad-mates Giniel de Villiers and Bernhard ten Brinke made it four Hiluxes in the…

One stage left! Can Toyota’s Al-Attiyah haul back 10min?

2nd on Stage 11 for Al-Attiyah/Baumel 4th on Stage 11 for Ten Brinke/Colsoul 6th on Stage 11 for De Villiers/Haro Alonso/Coma fight back after roll HARADH, Saudi Arabia – The second part of the tough Dakar Rally Marathon Stage saw crews race from the small overnight bivouac at Shubaytah back to the main camp near…

Alonso, Coma on a roll as Dakar marathon takes its toll

3rd on Stage 10 for De Villiers / Haro 6th on Stage 10 for Ten Brinke / Colsoul Al Attiyah / Baumel lose time to leaders Alonso / Coma roll HARADH, Saudi Arabia – Stage 10 of the 2020 Dakar Rally brought mixed results for the South African Toyota Gazoo team with Giniel de Villiers…

All SA Toyotas finish Dakar Stage 9 in top 10

2nd on Stage 9 for Al-Attiyah / Baumel 6th on Stage 9 for De Villiers / Haro 7th on Stage 9 for Ten Brinke / Colsoul Al Attiyah / Baumel close up to 24sec off lead HARADH, Saudi Arabia – Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel were second-fastest on Stage 9 of the 2020…

‘Solid’ day for Gazooers on Day 3 of desert dashing

NEOM, Saudi Arabia – Wednesday was a day of consolidation for South Africa’s Toyota Gazoo Gazoo Racing’s Nasser al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel who posted the second-fastest time of the day behind Stage 3 winner Carlos Sainz and his Mini by 3min 31. However, the South African team’s performance was tempered by a penalty…

Rash of flats gives SA Toyota crews tough Dakar start

AL WAJH, Saudi Arabia – It was a tough opening stage at Dakar 2020 for Toyota Gazoo Racing thanks to 11 punctures suffered by the four Toyota Hilux crews. Defending crew Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel set the early pace but three punctures 100km from the end of the 319km special stage saw the Qatari…

SA’s Toyota crews lead off the racers for 2020 Dakar Rally

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – The Toyota Gazoo off-road racing team has been cleared to race in the 2020 Dakar Rally to be run for the first time in Saudi Arabia with the liaison The four Toyota Hilux race vehicles – along with all other competitors – were meticulously examined by technical scrutineers and team boss…

Who’da thought? A RAV4 that’ll outdrag sport cars

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4, on the market for barely a year, is being overtaken by the arrival in South Africa of the first RAV4 TRD Off-Road model as announced at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show. It will, Toyota says, be a premium, fun-to-drive, RAV4 performance model with an estimated 225kW, advanced…

Alonso, Coma, warming up for 2020 for Dakar Rally

SAUDI ARABIA –  Fernando Alonso and off-road bike racer Marc Coma are making their final preparations for the 2020 Dakar Rally with Toyota Gazoo Racing and their entry in the current2019 Al Ula-Neom Cross-Country Rally  in Saudi Arabia is part of the testing. The Spanish duo’s latest rally entry comes just a week after a…

Toyota GR Supra GT4 ready for global racetracks

LONDON, England – Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed that it will start sales of GR Supra GT4*1, a race car for customer teams, in March 2020 in Europe, expanding to the US by August and to Japan and Asia in October. The cars will be based, Toyota says, on the GR Supra – Gazoo’s first…

Toyota zooms in on electricars for all – including the elderly

TOKYO, Japan – Toyota has revealed details of a production-ready, ultra-compact, battery-electric vehicle ahead of probable launch in Japan towards the end of 2020. Development chief Akihiro Yanaka told The Corner the vehicle, which is less than 2.5m long and 1.3m wide, is a next-generation mobility solution designed to cover short distances with little effect…