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    Toyota Motorsport visit and a detailed look at the Toyota GT-One Road Car ...

    On our way back from the Geneva Motor Show, we stopped at the Toyota Allee in Cologne to visit Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG). We spent the morning in TMG's private museum and captured the highlights with the turbines of the wind-tunnel overhead running at full pelt. This has prompted us to take a closer look at the company's colourful history, which started with Swedish rally driver Ove Andersson running privately prepared Toyotas in the World Rally Championship in the early 1970s. During the next four decades, the team gradually evolved to become the Japanese manufacturer's official racing arm. During this period, Toyota Team Europe and later Toyota Motorsport GmbH was particularly successful in rallying, finished second at Le Mans twice and also ran Toyota's Formula 1 campaign. TMG's detailed history is illustrated by a 50-shot gallery.
    One of the cars we singled out during our visit was the Toyota GT-One Road Car, which has not been seen in public for many years. It had originally been built to homologate the GT-One or TS020 competition car, which placed second at Le Mans in 1999. As a genuine homologation special the Road Car is equipped with only the bare necessities for street use and from the outside can hardly be distinguished from its competition counterparts. As can be seen in our 23-shot gallery, the Road Car does feature a complete interior.

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    Toyota Motorsport visit - Ultimatecarpage.com - Powered by knowledge, driven by passion

    1998 Toyota GT-One Road Car - Images, Specifications and Information
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    GT-One, what a gem! There was only one road car build, right?

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    Indeed. What a cool chance to visit W. Pretty neat coverage from a smaller venue. We are all looking forward to when you guys swing into full gear during the summer months!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecnelis View Post
    GT-One, what a gem! There was only one road car build, right?
    Yup, it was a great rule to have.
    Life's too short to drive bad cars.

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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I think this video is highly appropriate.

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfjivmApqpc"]Toyotas Secret Collection Of Race Legends - XCAR - YouTube[/ame]

    I wonder how much of a role the guy in the video had in creating the Celica that had a floppy air intake that made more power.

    I love how every Japanese manufacturer has a secret car stash somewhere. Honda has one in California somewhere, and Nissan has an incredibly extensive one in some warehouse in Japan.
    Last edited by NSXType-R; 03-19-2015 at 03:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecnelis View Post
    There was only one road car build, right?
    Let'r get back to this question: 1998 Toyota GT-One Road Car - Images, Specifications and Information

    Two road cars were built but neither were ever sold.
    There where two cars? Where is the second car? Or is it just a mistake?

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    Second road car is in the Toyota Museum in Japan (if on display or in storage is beyond my knowledge).
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