Toyota Motorsport GmbH
is a Toyota
division based in Köln
. It was renamed from Toyota Team Europe to Toyota Motorsport GmbH
(TMG) in 1993. It currently employs around 200 people in a 30,000m<sup>2</sup> factory and provides motorsport
and automotive services both to fellow Toyota
companies and outside clients.
TMG was responsible for Toyota's World Rally Championship
cars starting from the 1970s right up to the 1990s. In addition, since 1994, TMG has developed a tuning business for road cars, offering complete vehicles or tuning and sports accessories.
In 1999 the company stopped participating in rallying, in order to prepare for a switch to Formula One
In the meantime, they entered sports car racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans
: the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans
and the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans
. The Toyota GT-One
were very fast, but not lucky, starting on pole position but finishing 2nd in 1999.
In 1997, it became the first motorsports business in the world to be ISO 9001 certified
From 2002 to 2009, TMG participated in Formula 1 under the team name Panasonic Toyota Racing
, starting 139 Grands Prix. In that time, they finished on the podium 13 times, earned three pole positions and scored a total of 278.5 points. On November 4, 2009, Toyota
announced their withdrawal from Formula 1.
TMG continues with a new business model, offering high-performance development, testing and production facilities for clients in the motorsport and automotive sectors, and more... Read More