It’s sometimes easy to forget the impact Toyota has made on global motorsport over the years, but not if you’re a regular at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Toyota has turned out in force at the FoS for some years now, and an array of interesting motorsport metal is being wheeled out once again in 2009.
Look out also for the spectacular 700bhp Fensport 4WD Celica GT4-X which competes in the Toyota Sprint Series, as well as the 3.0-litere V6-powered, carbon-bodied Auris ice racer that former F1 world champion Alain Prost has driven to back-to-back Andros Trophy championships.
Meanwhile, the festival rally stage will echo to the roar of some of Toyota’s most celebrated and successful machinery, including the Group B Celica Twin-cam Turbo, Celica ST185, Celica GT4 ST205 and Toyota’s ultimate championship machine, the WRC Corolla.
While we salute Toyota’s commitment to helping make the Festival of Speed such a great event, we admit to being a little bemused by one exhibit the car maker has promised to display. There’s apparently going to be a glass artwork by Japanese artist Sou Fujimoto – inspired by Lexus’s L-finesse design principles and named ‘Crystallised Wind’. Perhaps we’ll pass on that one!