After Toyota withdrew from F1 in 2009, the facility’s staff was whittled down to 200 from the former full-bodied 800 it had while in full racing swing. It hasn’t shut down, though. In the subsequent years Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) championed the TS030 hybrid Le Mans car among others.
News of a TMG-tuned Lexus LS surfaced late last year with a twin-turbo 650-hp V8 under the hood and we event saw footage of it lapping the Nurburgring, but there hasn’t been much information since.
TMG will continue making race cars and is aiming to offer a Yaris as a WRC entrant in 2014, but it looks like effort will also be directed toward building high-performance Lexus vehicles.
“After we stopped Formula One [involvement] we decided several things. One of these things is to to become a [Mercedes] AMG-type company; we are now trying [to make it happen]. How feasible [it will be] I don’t know. But we are in a very good position,” TMG president Yoshiaki Kinoshita said.
Given what we saw with the LS “TMG Edition” last year, there will be a lot to look forward to out of the street-legal cars coming from Lexus’ German arm.
[Source: Car Advice]