Toyota's President Will Race A Gr Supra At The NĂźrburgring 24 Hours

Toyota's president will race a GR Supra at the Nürburgring 24 Hours

Akio Toyoda over the years has professed his love for speed and racing, which is noteworthy because Toyota, the company Toyoda helms, has for many years been most known for making beige and boring automobiles. But Toyoda has been a steady path to change that with the automaker churning out some legitimately exciting and interesting automobiles. If you're still in doubts of Toyoda's latest efforts and claims, what he's about to do may just change your mind.

Coming up this weekend is the world-renowned annual ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring and of course, Toyota's Gazoo Racing team will be participating, particularly with racing specification GR Supras. Peering at the list of primary driver's reveals some genuine talent on call, including the likes of famed racers Takeshi Tsuchiya, Masahiro Sasaki, and Nayoa Gamou, along with well-known VLN Endurance racer, Uwe Kleen, just to name a few. But there's one name that raises an eyebrow among the team roster: an odd "Mr. Morizo."

24 Hours Of Le Mans Mega Gallery | Toyota Wins Again

24 Hours of Le Mans Mega Gallery | Toyota wins again

Toyota Gazoo Racing just took its second one-two finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second straight year, and it was another dominant performance. As the only factory-backed cars in the top-tier LMP1 class, Toyota was expected to beat the rest of the field with ease. However, a tire puncture and pitstop shenanigans in the final hour ended up causing more drama than was necessary for the No. 7 Toyota that was leading for the majority of the race. That allowed the No. 8 Toyota to snag first place near the end, making Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima the winners.

The No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE took home the class win in GTE Pro, and the No. 85 Ford GT nabbed the win for the GTE Am class. Ford will be happy to see the GT go out on top at Le Mans, as the company already announced that this is the last 24 Hours of Le Mans it's backing in the Ford GT program. We compiled a gallery of best hits above, so enjoy the photography from Circuit de la Sarthe in France.

2020 Toyota Supra Will Take On The Nurburgring 24 Hours

2020 Toyota Supra will take on the Nurburgring 24 Hours

Though announced a few months ago, we're now getting our first look at the 2020 Toyota Supra that will be part of Gazoo Racing's two-car assault (the other is a Lexus LC race car) on the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race held by the VLN series that races exclusively at the German race track. It appears virtually identical to the Toyota Supra GT4 concept shown in March. The bodywork is mostly stock except for the front and side splitters and the giant rear wing. And if it's based on the GT4 concept, which was built for the SRO's GT4 class, that means it surely has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six closely related to the production car.

The car will be racing in the SP8T class, which is a relatively open class permitting body modifications such as what we see on this GT4-style Supra. SP8T is specifically for cars up to 4.0 liters of displacement with forced induction. This will be the third VLN race in which the Supra has competed. Of the two previous races, the Supra has finished only one.

Alonso To Leave Toyota Wec Team After 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Alonso to leave Toyota WEC team after 24 Hours of Le Mans

LONDON — Fernando Alonso will be replaced by New Zealander Brendon Hartley in the Toyota World Endurance Championship (WEC) team after the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Wednesday. Toyota said Formula One two-time champion Alonso "will explore new motorsport adventures within the Toyota Gazoo Racing family." No details were given, but the Spaniard recently tested a Toyota Dakar Rally car in South Africa. The next edition of that race will be held in Saudi Arabia in January 2020. Alonso won Le Mans with Toyota last year and will be trying to win the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren later this month to become only the second driver to complete the so-called "Triple Crown of Motorsport." "Now is a good time to take on new challenges, and there are many interesting opportunities to explore within Toyota Gazoo Racing," said the 37-year-old, who left Formula One last year. "We still have two important races remaining as we are still in the fight to become WEC World Champions, and I will be pushing hard to win both of them." Hartley won Le Mans with Porsche in 2017 and is a two-time World Endurance champion. He raced in Formula One with Toro Rosso last year. "I believe I am returning to WEC an even stronger driver following my experience in Formula One," he said. The 2019-20 WEC season starts at Silverstone on Sept. 1 and runs to Le Mans on June 14, 2020.

Softbank To Ban Smoking During Work Hours

Softbank to ban smoking during work hours

Japanese telecom firm Softbank says it will start banning smoking by employees during business hours.

The firm says it will introduce non-smoking days next month. Non-smoking periods will be gradually increased until a total ban takes effect next April.

Survey: Japanese Youth Spend 3 Hours A Day Online

Survey: Japanese youth spend 3 hours a day online

A government survey shows that young people in Japan are spending nearly three hours each day online, mostly watching streaming videos, visiting social networking sites, or emailing.

The Cabinet Office surveyed 5,000 people aged between 10 and 17 in November and December last year. 3,079 people, or 61.6 percent of those surveyed, responded.

Inspections Reveal Illegally Long Work Hours

Inspections reveal illegally long work hours

Japan's labor ministry says that employees at nearly half of the businesses inspected by its staff have been required to work illegally long hours.

The ministry conducted on-site inspections at 25,676 business establishments across the country for one year through March. They included entities where deaths from overwork have been reported.

Nintendo Uk Website Lists Poke Ball Plus Charging Time As 3 Hours

Nintendo UK Website Lists Poke Ball Plus Charging Time As 3 Hours

Last week Nintendo announced that there would be two new Pokemon games headed to the Nintendo Switch in November. In addition to the new games, it was also revealed that there would be a new accessory called the Poke Ball Plus, a controller shaped like (as the name suggests) a Poke Ball.

Details were initially scarce at the time of announcement, but now more details have been revealed such as its charging time. According to the listing on Nintendo UK's website, they have listed the accessory as having a 3 hour charge time, so it's something to take note of if you're planning on buying it in the future.