• 2016

The TOYOTA RACING SERIES is a high-octane motorsport competition that takes place in New Zealand every year. The Motor Trend OnDemand brings this show to you, giving you an inside look at the race that has been drawing in racing enthusiasts from all around the world for nearly two decades.

The series is especially significant due to its condensed format, with five back-to-back race weekends in January and February. Each weekend consists of three races, with the first races held at Hampton Downs before moving on to the Teretonga circuit in Invercargill. The competition culminates in five days of non-stop racing at the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Manfeild Circuit in Feilding in late February.

The TOYOTA RACING SERIES consists of a grid of 20 identical race cars, all built by Italian manufacturer Tatuus. Each car weighs roughly 1275 pounds, and they are powered by two-litre engines capable of producing 270 horsepower. To level the playing field, the chassis are all identical, as are the engines, gearboxes, and suspension.

However, as the series progresses, certain cars develop more favorable setups, providing distinct advantages to pilots. As a result, the drivers must adapt their driving style to remain competitive even when their car is not providing an optimal setup.

The competition consists of a range of drivers from all around the world, including racers from New Zealand, North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The drivers range from seasoned professionals to rookies, and the points-based system is designed to give young, talented drivers a fighting chance at achieving success.

Throughout the competition, the drivers compete in a range of races, including sprints and feature races. In the feature races, the grid is determined by the results of the sprint races, with the fastest qualifier starting from the grid's front. These races run between 25 and 35 minutes, with the overall winner decided by the competitor with the highest point totals at the end of the series.

The competition is not just a fantastic platform to witness exciting racing, but it is also a breeding ground for young drivers. The TOYOTA RACING SERIES has produced numerous successful drivers who have gone on to achieve ample success at a higher level. Drivers such as Brendon Hartley, who was crowned champion in 2007, went on to race for Formula 1 teams such as Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso.

The show is the perfect opportunity for those who are passionate about motorsport to watch a unique and adrenaline-fueled competition and get an inside look at the drivers, cars, and teams behind the action. The TOYOTA RACING SERIES is not just about the racing but also the engineering, data analysis, and team management that goes into getting a team of drivers to the top of the podium.

Not only is the competition challenging for the drivers, but it is also an exciting and competitive platform for the teams, engineers, and support staff. Each team has a full complement of engineers, technicians, and mechanics who are responsible for maintaining the cars and refining the setups to give their drivers the best chance of achieving success. As a result, teams and drivers alike are under immense pressure to perform, meaning that the stakes couldn't be higher.

Overall, the TOYOTA RACING SERIES is an exciting and challenging motorsport competition that brings together drivers, teams, and fans from all over the world. The Motor Trend OnDemand provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of the competition, giving racing enthusiasts a unique insight into the world of motorsport. Whether you are a seasoned racing fan or new to the sport, this show is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.

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2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 5 Manfeild
5. 2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 5 Manfeild
February 12, 2017
The fifth and final round of the 2017 Toyota Racing Series takes place at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, located in Feilding, New Zealand. Enjoy highlights from the last three races of the season and find out which driver will be crowned champion of the 62nd New Zealand Grand Prix.
2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 4 Taupo
4. 2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 4 Taupo
February 5, 2017
We have reached the sharp end of the 2017 season as the open-wheel racers of the Toyota Racing Series hit the asphalt at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo, New Zealand. With only two rounds to go, competitors will have to step up their game if they hope to catch series leader Australian driver Thomas Randle.
2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 3 Hampton Downs
3. 2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 3 Hampton Downs
January 29, 2017
We cross the halfway point in the 2017 Toyota Racing Series season with Round 3 at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in Waikato, New Zealand. Driver Richard Verschoor continues to maintain a healthy lead in the points race, but Australian Victory Motor Racing driver Thomas Randle is not far behind thanks to his two Third Place finishes at Teretonga Park last round.
2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 2 Invercargill
2. 2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 2 Invercargill
January 24, 2017
Grab your helmet and strap in-it€™s time for Round 2 of the 2017 Toyota Racing Series! Dutch driver Richard Verschoor leads in series points as we head to one of the southernmost tracks in the world: Teretonga Park in Invercargill, New Zealand. Drivers will have to get a good start off the line and take advantage of the reverse-grid format in order to achieve success.
2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 1 Christchurch
1. 2017 Toyota Racing Series Round 1 Christchurch
January 17, 2017
Join host Jonathan Green for the opening round of the 2017 Toyota Racing Series at Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. This open-wheel racing series provides valuable track time and experience for young drivers as well as a chance for more experienced racers to practice during the northern hemisphere winter.
  • Premiere Date
    April 23, 2016