Toyota Motor Corporation announced on Monday that its European research and development base, Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), has changed its company name to Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe GmbH (TGR-E).
TMG was initially established as Andersson Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany in 1979, and changed its name to TMG in 1993 when it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota.
In addition to the company’s engagement in motorsports activities, in recent years, the company has expanded its work with the Gazoo Racing Company to the development of GR series production cars.
The change in the company name reflects its closer relationship with GRC.
TGR-E will continue to serve as the hub for Toyota’s motorsports activities in Europe, including operations of its FIA World Endurance Championship program as well as playing a development role in the new Toyota GR Supra GT4.
“The absolute mission of participating in motorsports, which is a battle of works produced by manufacturers, is winning,” said Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda.
“That is why TGR Europe must be a team of professionals that produces winning works.
“To continue winning, we have to do kaizen (continuous improvement) and making things better and better and better, no matter what the circumstances. Our team will continue to make ever-better cars here in Köln, Germany, to win.”
TGR-E will also utilize “knowledge and expertise” it has accumulated through its motorsports activities over the years in the development of production cars.