A person of Toyota Australia’s most senior executives has hosed down expectations the organization is taking into consideration a manufacturing unit-backed Supercars marketing campaign soon after the Gen3 technological polices roll out in 2022.
By BRUCE NEWTON
Whilst remaining created with a 2765mm wheelbase, Automobile Motion has also noted the Gen3 platform is anticipated to keep the possibility to flex its wheelbase, so that the body designs of more compact vehicles aren’t distorted too a great deal in the Supercars homologation course of action.
The compact Toyota Supra two-doorway sports activities motor vehicle is the vehicle constantly outlined as benefitting from these a strategy and Australia’s most important new- motor vehicle seller continues to be linked by way of pitlane rumour with a Supercars championship campaign with Triple Eight Race Engineering.
But Toyota Australia revenue and advertising main Sean Hanley dismissed that as “total speculation and rumour”.
“It’s not anything I have listened to of,” he advised Car Action in an distinctive job interview.
Toyota has been connected on and off with Supercars programs for at minimum 20 several years, but has constantly opted for other groups these types of as the Australian Rally Championship and has additional lately invested in the thriving 86 one-make collection that is a staple on the Supercars help method.
Hanley explained that is where Toyota will go on to spend its motor racing revenue.
“Right now our emphasis is Australian rally and that is remaining done via our assist of the Bates relatives, who stand for us by means of Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia,” mentioned Hanley.
“We have the Toyota GR 86 sequence that will continue on by way of to the close of 2022.
“But we truly have nothing more to announce with regards to Toyota Australia’s motorsport attempts at this time.”
Turning to Supercars, Hanley said he wished to be definitely obvious, so he did not mislead or begin incorrect rumours
“There are currently no plans around Supra or getting into V8 Supercars less than the new regulations at all.
“Anything you are hearing is purely speculative.”
Hanley investigated Supercars and in the end turned down involvement in 2015, when he was operating Toyota’s luxurious model Lexus in Australia, whilst he did sign up to supply assistance motor vehicles.
He said Supercars events give “a fantastic platform” for the advertising of the 86 sports activities motor vehicle and the Gazoo Racing (GR) manufacturer below which Toyota marketplaces its overall performance automobiles and motor racing.
Hanley revealed he was not currently being kept up to day on the progress of the Gen3 tech regs or aware that Toyota was remaining consulted about them.
“We’re always intrigued in developments in Supercars for the reason that we have an lively interest in the whole event and we have an energetic desire in motorsport, but we are not directly concerned in insurance policies or methods in relation to the new guidelines at all.
“But we do like to be in get hold of of training course, not since we have any programs to enter at this place but because we are normally intrigued at searching at prospects. That is just the right matter to do in organization.”
Hanley was also not conscious of any proposals pitched by Supercars teams to woo Toyota into a racing method.
“That’s not to say it has not took place somewhere else at Toyota but I have not been associated. I know I would get concerned at some issue if it was a serious strategy.
“I am not conscious of any immediate discussions on a official basis around our involvement in the Supercars with any team on the Toyota aspect.”
Asked why Supercars groups have been unable to persuade Toyota to join the championship in spite of decades of hard work, Hanley was diplomatic.
“We assume Supercars is a genuinely essential party for motorsport in Australia and that’s’ why we are aspect of it in some way,” he said.
“We truly appreciate the function in each way and we assume it appeals to the Australian viewers and it’s deeply in the Australian culture.
“In the finish for us it does appear down to priorities, but it also gets down to products and product or service alignment to that party and products attractiveness outside of that function to the marketplace.
“All of these things we look at.”
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Day posted: September 29, 2020