- Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Concept Cars unveiled at Auto Expo 2012
- Toyota Racing Development to support the racing series
- 2012 to see a whole lot of motorsport activities by TKM to popularize EMR
- Online applications will be made available from January 15, 2012
- EMR Trophy series of races to start in the second half of 2013
New Delhi, January 06, 2012 – Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) today unveiled the concept cars of its upcoming Etios Motor Racing Trophy, one make racing series.
Continuing the Company’s global legacy of motorsports, the racing tourney will be supported by one of the most accomplished and acclaimed companies in motorsport history – TRD (Toyota Racing Development), the corporate brand from the Toyota affiliate, Toyota Technocraft Co. Ltd.
This new venture from Toyota comes close on the heels of the very successful launches of the Etios, Etios Liva and their diesel versions, all introduced in over a span of a year. The Etios brand was introduced in the mass segment with a youthful vibe, and the motorsport venture is an extension of the new image that Toyota is creating in India. Toyota’s foray into motorsport in the country also comes at a time when the popularity of the sport is gaining momentum, more so after the resounding success of the first ever Indian F1 race in October last year.
The EMR Trophy series that is slated to be held in the second half of 2013 will be based on a one-make racing championship platform, comprising of 5-6 individual race events, and will race the Etios Sedan Petrol in the first season. The cars will be FIA qualified with racing parts supplied by TRD, and their technical expertise will be utilized throughout the series. Toyota will also partner and work closely with Indian motorsport experts such as Red Rooster Racing (International) Pvt., Ltd. based in Bangalore to better understand the needs of the sport and work towards popularizing it.
The Etios racing platform will help talented young racers develop their skills, and further train them to gain a competitive edge for their future in motorsports. They will be mentored by experts in the field, and will be given an opportunity to compete among the best in the country. This series will not only highlight the technological prowess of the manufacturer, but also the endurance levels of the Etios and the ‘fun to drive’ aspect of the vehicle.
The unveiling of the racing concept cars is only the beginning of the excitement that the EMR project has in store during the run up to the series the following year. In its effort to take motorsports closer to its customers and the youth of the country, the EMR concept cars will be touring 13 cities and 22 TKM dealerships across the country. Every weekend for four months, starting the 28th of this month in Chandigarh, motorsport enthusiasts will be given an opportunity not only to touch and feel the Etios in its racing avatar but also engage in a plethora of racing activities.
In addition to which, the TRD powered Etios cars will be featured in mega road shows and exhibition races planned in the second half of this year for a never before motorsport experience.
Mr. Hiroji Onishi, President, TMAP-Marketing and Sales who was present at the event, said: “One of our objectives is to contribute to local motorsports culture in every country we do business. In the Asia Pacific region, you can see good examples in countries like Japan and Thailand where Toyota and Toyota Technocraft (TRD) are the driving forces behind single-make races for entry-level young drivers. Today, I am very pleased to see the combination of Toyota and TRD happening again in India.”
Mr. Sandeep Singh, DMD-Marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said: “The Etios Motor Racing is a special project to us, and we are very excited to introduce it to not only motorsport enthusiasts but also all existing Toyota fans and customers in the country. Capitalizing on our global motorsport heritage, and with support from experts of the renowned Toyota Racing Development, we see it as an ideal grass-roots category for young drivers to learn and make their way up the motorsport ladder. Through our racing initiatives, we will make motorsports more accessible not only to participants but spectators as well.”
- Applications will be open online www.toyotaetios.in/emr starting January 15, 2012
- Online application will be closed on February 15, 2012
- Rigorous EMR camps will be conducted between March and June, 2012 to shortlist the drivers and arrive at the final driver line-up
The selected applicants will go through simulator evaluation rounds and go-kart selection rounds to begin with, and then graduate to driving the Etios Motor Racing cars along with in-depth lectures as part of the training process. All the training will be conducted by professional drivers and instructors from Toyota and local racing experts. The study material will be a combination of what is used in Japan and what is required by FMSCI to ensure the drivers are trained to international standards.
|Company name||Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited|
|Managing Director||Hiroshi Nakagawa|
|Equity participation||TMC: 89%, Kirloskar Group: 11%|
|Number of employees||Approx. 6,000 +|
|Land area||Aprox. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)|
|Building area||74,000 m2|