Toyota is giving one of its upcoming C-HR small SUVs the motorsport treatment, with help from Gazoo Racing.
The new racing crossover will then head to Germany’s famed Nurburgring, where it will participate in the 24-Hour endurance event.
The racer’s appearance is said to be closer to the road-going model than that of the C-HR concept, with the latter making its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and reappearing last year in updated form in Frankfurt (pictured, below).
Toyota said it chose the C-HR to compete over a more recognisable ‘sports’ model to deepen the challenge that a 24-Hour race represents. The carmaker is racing the crossover to ‘hone our team members and the cars”.
“I remember Gazoo Racing first taking on the challenge of the Nurburgring in 2007 in an Altezza (Lexus IS) like it was yesterday,” Toyota boss, Akio Toyoda said. “There are so many memories. What has remained the same throughout, however, has been 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. I have experienced this approach at first hand over the last nine years and, for me, this is the real meaning of motorsport.”
Finer details for the C-HR racer have not been revealed, but the car will be driven by Masahiko Kageyama, Kumi Sato, with a third driver who is yet to be confirmed.
Lexus will also be represented at the event, with racing versions of both the RC and RC F competing.
The Nurburgring 24-Hour will take place from May 26-29.