BTCC: Toyota Team Europe profile

Press Release issued to "Racing Into the Future" Courtesy Paul Risbridger, Toyota Team GB Team Manager The Toyota Team Europe (TTE) motorsport centre in Cologne, Germany, is providing technical expertise for Team Toyota GB's assault on the ...

Press Release issued to "Racing Into the Future" Courtesy Paul Risbridger, Toyota Team GB Team Manager

The Toyota Team Europe (TTE) motorsport centre in Cologne, Germany, is providing technical expertise for Team Toyota GB's assault on the 1995 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship.

TTE has been incredibly successful in the World Rally Championship taking top honours in 1993 and 1994. On 21 September, 1993 it entered the record books as the first Japanese car maker to take motorsport's toughest competition for production cars when it secured the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers, followed a few weeks later by the Drivers' title for Juka Kankkunen.

The marque's history in the Championship started on the 1972 RAC Rally when leading driver, Ove Anderson, took a 140bhp Toyota Celica Coupe to a class win. Subsequently, Toyota assisted Andersson to set up the rally team which grew into a custom-built headquarters in Cologne during the late 1980s.

This was further expanded and a new facility, doubling the space at the TTE headquarters, opened in 1994. Toyota Team Europe accommodates the most up-to-date equipment for the Team's technicians, designers, mechanics and organisational personnel. It features the latest CAD equipment to 4WD rolling roads, advanced engine dynos and an extensive research and development section.

Some 200 strong staff are based at Cologne where in 1995 they will assist the Team Toyota GB's challenge on the British Touring Car Championship.

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