Toyota's secret collection of racing legendsTucked away, deep in a basement below a pair of wind tunnels, is a collection of some of the most legendary racing cars ever to take to track, road or dirt.
TMG is Toyota motor sport GMVH. It is one of the official cars totally owned by Toyota for motor sports. The other part is TRD. Theoretically we can do everything in house. Yea, so in other words, we, we can build, engineer, construct, and produce any car, and put it on to the road and race it. Doesn't matter what it is. Engine, chassis, whatever you like, we can do it. We started under the name of Anderson Motorsport in 19. In 72 in Sweden and made the entry in the 73 RAC with Uber Anderson in a TA 22 1600 GT. I think 74 was 3 cars, including Pat Moss Calsson who won the ladies prize. The company then moved. To Belgium where it consisted mainly of a few Swedish mechanics. They built Celicas and Corollas. The Corolla was at that time was T27. In the beginning it was with the normal 8-valve engine. Later it had the 16-valve engine. And so did the celica turned into a 2-liter celica. Also with a 16-valve engine, quite famous on things like, RAC Rally, Hannu Mikkola, 1976, great sounding car, could be quicker than an Escort at times. Never really won a rally but the, but the Corolla did, in the hands of Hannu Mikkola it won the. 1,000 lakes rally. The first rally went for Toyota, and at that time it was called Toyota Team Euro. Up until 1999 we were rally, and at that time we won a few championships, quite a few rallies, 46 rallies. World Championship runners. What we won five drivers' championships, I think? And three manufacturers' championships. That was the most prolific time for, for us in motor sports, you would say. English people wo, would al, always recognize the Carlos Sainz or Luis Moya putting his crash helmet through the rear windscreen of the Corolla in our race. Really these sort of things, you know. These are the. Era that was the best. And then part of the company in 1997 we started into Le Mans. Finished rallying basically in '99. So we're running parallel. Roughly end of that was 2000, 2001. We started getting involved in Formula One. So we did all the Formula One cars until 2010. And then since 2010 we build the W.E.C. cars and W.R.C. cars. Now I'm allowed to say that. We're going to back rallying. And hopefully, hopefully we can be as successful as we were before. Which could be quite nice. Basically where you are is you're underneath. One of our wind tunnels. We have two wind tunnels, and underneath wind tunnel number two [INAUDIBLE] is not running. We have a collection of some of our cars unfortunately with most of the rally cars there's a lot of them missing. And then we have a collection of some of our Lemont cars, Formula One cars. And one or two concept cars, because we are also getting involved in doing engineering for TMC, for various different people, and we make concept cars and other cars. So there is roughly at the moment in here there's about 25 cars. There's there's a, there's a bit in here. I started working with Toyota in 1977. Starting off basically as a, a normal mechanic, and then going up, all the way up through workshop foreman, workshop boss, and then in the time of Formula One, basically you could say I was responsible for everything that went to the race circuit apart from the car. All of the pitch equipment, all of the air freight, all of the sea freight, all of the trucks. Part of my job is this. Looking after these cars. Keeping some of them running, if I can. Plus some landmark cars, like the group B Celica. Okay, the group S is quite an important car, because you don't see many of those. The f i a decided that they wanted to go with a new class of car, in 87. They thought this car should be a little bit more, meaty than the group b car. In 1986, unfortunately, there were several drivers, spectators, killed in Bogue with group b cars. And unfortunately, it stopped this group s project. But we were testing a variant of a car. It was based on an MR2. It has a rear engine, four cylinder, 2.1 liter turbo-charged engine, four wheel drive, variable difs. Horsepower we were talking around about 600 horsepower. The engine that is in it was. A pure race engine, which turned into the 3s engine later on. It has the possibility to go from, should we say, 350 horse power to over 1000 horse power. It was used in Lamont as 600 horse power. It was used in [UNKNOWN] in America racing at 900 horse power, qualifying over 1000 horse power from a 2.1. Full cylinder engine but it's dangerous because the technology was not there in those days to control these cars. When you drive this car it has an extremely large turbo [INAUDIBLE], about three seconds. And then when it comes on power you don't know if it's gonna under steer, over steer, or whatever. It's a bit hairy to drive. I'm the only person that's actually driven it in public. It's a fiery thing, good fun though. We have this IS, it was a normal IS4, 30 or something like that which we turned into a thing that is called the TR650. It was a project that we did for TMC. To produce a car that was able to beat an AMG Mercedes. It's got an ASF engine in it with two turbochargers on it at 650 horsepower. It's relatively quick, it would drive from here to south of [INAUDIBLE]. There's a circuit there. And it goes round that at three hundred and twenty two kilometers an hour, and then turns around and comes back again. I mean, it's nice. And it could be pushed up to a bit more horsepower, seven hundred and fifty horsepower, eight hundred horsepower. We've got a few other project cars like that, including things like the tiny iCue. With a compressor on it, which was also sold as Aston Martin signet [UNKNOWN] does just over 200 kilometers now. Makes Porches look a little bit funny sometimes on the motorway. We could easily be a, N, G Toyota. No problem what so ever. What you want [MUSIC] One thing that we did was we took a radical and we put into a radical two engines for both rear wheels. So you drive left end side and right end side. Big battery pack. Still at the moment is the quickest electric car around, no [UNKNOWN]. Which means that it's, it's way up there. [MUSIC] GT1 regulations means that you have to build this car from a road-going car. So basically what you do is you build your racing car and then one of them turns into a road car. It's probably driven something like 25 kilometers, or something like that. It was in Le Mans, after the race we said, no, we're not going to sell it. The next year, the regulations changed, and we didn't have to have that car. So, one car is built, anybody want to buy it? 3 million Euro's would be a nice price I think for it. Something like that. Now obviously we're going into, back into rally. We are developing a car a the present moment. The car that we're developing is a Yaris. And this will be. Nice to put in here, into the museum in end of 2017 it'd be a nice time to have a car and to add to the collection. [MUSIC]