The Nurburgring 24 Hours is definitely one of the toughest endurance races there is and Toyota has always entered it with some interesting entries. Fielding cars like the LFA and 86 in previous races, the upcoming Nurburgring 24 Hours will be an interesting one as Toyota will be putting the C-HR subcompact crossover concept to the test.
Partnering up with Gazoo Racing, a modified version of this crossover will be participating the 2016 edition of the race as company CEO Akio Toyoda wanted to do something special. He also explained that the race is important for Toyota’s strategy of developing cars under intense racing conditions.
The C-HR has yet to reach production level and the one racing in the Nurburgring 24 Hours will officially be a concept. But the lessons learnt from the program will then be used to aid the development of the production C-HR, which is expected to be launched later this year.
“I remember Gazoo Racing first taking on the challenge of the Nurburgring in 2007 in an Altezza like it was yesterday. The one thing that remains the same is the unforgiving conditions of the circuit and the intensity of the racing – every year we use these conditions to hone both our team members and our cars,” said Toyoda.
The C-HR will not be the only race car bringing the Toyota flag as it will be joined by the racing versions of the Lexus RC and RC F coupes. While we would like to get hold of the technical specifications of this C-HR racing machine, Toyota has yet to release any figures or details regarding on this project.