Looks like Porsche won’t be the only automaker bringing in some historical racers to the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week. Turns out, Toyota is joining in on the fun too.

To celebrate the Japanese automaker’s successful forays into the world of the WRC in the 80’s and 90’s, Toyota is bringing at least three of their rally-winning race cars, including the Group B Celica Twin Cam TA64, the very same car that scooped up a number of rally wins back in its heyday and was even nicknamed the "King of Africa" for its dominating performance at the Safari and Ivory Coast rallies. Joining the the Group B Celica is another one of its brethren, the Group A Celica ST185, the three-time championship car that staked titles for Toyota from 1992-1994, and Toyota’s more recent rally machine, the Corolla WRC, which scooped up 25 podium finishes from 1997 to 1999.

These cars, of course, only constitute a small chunk of machines Toyota’s gearing up to bring to Goodwood. In addition to the rally racers, the brand is also showing off a couple of its more recent releases, including a Dakar-participating Land Cruiser, a special edition supercharged iQ, a 900bhp Supra GT, and last, but certainly and most definitely not least, the brand’s new ultimate pride and joy, the Lexus LF-A.

Press Release after the jump

Toyota celebrates the glory years of its World Rally Championship campaigns at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed from 2 to 4 July with a roll-call of some of its most celebrated and successful WRC cars.

Ready to burn up the Goodwood rally course, they represent 16 years of success at the pinnacle of the sport. They include:

  • Celica Twin Cam TA64, the 380bhp Group B machine (1983 – 1986) that was hailed as the "King of Africa" for its dominance of the Safari and Ivory Coast rallies
  • Celica ST185, the Group A car that was driven to consecutive driver’s championships by Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol from 1992 to 1994, and Toyota’s first manufacturer’s championship with seven victories in 1993.
  • Corolla WRC, which claimed 25 podium finishes between 1997 and 1999

Spectators will also be treated to the thrilling sight and sound of the Lexus LFA. Gazoo Racing will be setting the pace, fresh from scoring a maiden class victory for Lexus at the Nürburgring 24 hours. The competition car will be joined on the course by a road-going version of the ultra-exclusive supercar. At the other end of the scale, the tiny iQ will be in action, in a new prototype supercharged version created by Toyota Motorsport.

With an eye on setting one of the fastest hillclimb times of the festival, Jonny Milner and Adrian Smith will be charging up their 2010 Toyota Sprint Series Celica GT4. Not content with its 600bhp engine, the car also boasts a nitrous oxide system that can add an extra 150bhp when required.

There will also be Goodwood debuts for rally-raid specialist Ronan Chabot in his Dakar 2010 Land Cruiser, and for Latin America’s all-conquering 900bhp Supra GT, brought all the way to Sussex from Costa Rica by Javier Quiros .

Technology Pavilion

The Lexus CT 200h will be seen for the first time in the UK in the Festival of Speed’s technology pavilion, ahead of its sales launch early next year. Marking Lexus’s entry into the premium C-segment, it represents the latest development of Lexus full hybrid technology, delivering lower emissions and improved fuel economy with hallmark Lexus luxury and reliability.

Toyota Pavilion

Toyota’s static display at Goodwood represents a complete spectrum of technical and design innovation, ranging from the mighty GT One that competed in the 1999 Le Mans 24 hours, to the Polar Hilux that became the first car to be driven to the Magnetic North Pole, courtesy of the BBC’s Top Gear team.

Visitors will also be the first in the UK to see the FT-86 concept, Toyota’s vision for a new, compact rear-wheel drive sports car. Aygo Crazy and Gazoo Racing’s eye-catching take on iQ demonstrate that being small is no barrier to performance, while the new Auris Hybrid will fly the flag for British manufacturing excellence.

Source: Toyota

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12 comments:

  (273) posted on 05.12.2011

: Seriously, Toyota? I mean they faced a lot of shortcomings during the past months and yet they would like to join their cars in the race? I just wish them – Goodluck.

  (273) posted on 05.12.2011

Seriously, Toyota? I mean they faced a lot of shortcomings during the past months and yet they would like to join their cars in the race? I just wish them – Goodluck.

  (534) posted on 11.15.2010

I guess, what they mean was bring “recalled” iconic cars..lol

  (858) posted on 11.5.2010

If Toyota will actually done the rally well, I’m not interested after all...smiley

  (216) posted on 10.11.2010

The Sienna is not the best example but it is a example like it or not. You want a sporty minivan the Sienna would be prob the ONLY choice and from what I’ve read from reviews about it goes and handles pretty well.

  (309) posted on 10.6.2010

The LF-A is the only one by the company, but its safety record has been called into serious question, given a BMW -3 base model can protect its occupants better than Toyota’s crown jewel can..

  (677) posted on 09.24.2010

And Toyota is getting back on its feet. IS-F and the F-line, the LF-A, the FT-86 whenever it comes out, heck, even the new Sienna SE is sporty.

  (745) posted on 09.2.2010

That’s a great news for all Toyota Fans. I hope they’re going to support the festival.

  (329) posted on 08.4.2010

The LF-A is the only one by the company, but its safety record has been called into serious question, given a BMW -3 base model can protect its occupants better than Toyota’s crown jewel can..

  (859) posted on 07.4.2010

Is that a one (two)-wheel burnout, or exhaust? I would assume that a car of that caliber would have a LSD, but I also wouldn’t want to run a car of that value if it’s exhaust was smoking that much.

  (765) posted on 06.30.2010

rarely-seen collection of distinctive customized cars owned by some of the world’s leading guitarists (e.g. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and leading American blue’s player Jimmy Vaughan) are planned to be displayed at the Festival of Speed, along with each musicians signature guitar.

  (1333) posted on 06.29.2010

not bad, but i wish that Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen Edition will also be here.

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