It’s a known fact that car manufacturers indulge into motorsports to develop their products. Ferrari and McLaren developed their supercars through their exploits in Formula One for decades, while Audi developed the famous quattro all-wheel drive system during their rallying prime. Now, Toyota is looking to develop its compact crossover by racing in this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours!
The Nurburgring 24 Hours is perhaps the world’s toughest endurance race where all cars are tested to its limits at neck-breaking speeds within the confines of the Green Hell. That’s an ideal place for Toyota’s racing arm, Gazoo Racing, to test their HR-V and CX-3 fighter. The car will join the likes of Lexus RC and RC F as well in this endurance race. This year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours race will take place from 26 to 29 May 2016.
The C-HR compact crossover was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and will reappear again at Geneva this March. In fact, this is not the first time we’ve witnessed an unorthodox entry by Toyota; in 2011 the team fielded a CT200 hybrid in the Nurburgring 24 race too. Also, compact crossovers have already been involving in motorsports, in the form of endurance rallying like Dakar. This year’s Dakar rally saw the Mini Countryman duke out against the Peugeot 2008, where the latter took this year’s honours.
In the end, it’s only a matter of time before a compact crossover “crosses the finish line first”, be it on tarmac or asphalt. World Touring Crossover Championship, anyone?