TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corporation has appointed Tommi Mäkinen as its new motorsport advisor.
From January 2021 onwards, Mäkinen will begin his duties with the aim of further advancing the manufacturing of sportier cars.
Mäkinen's team at Tommi Mäkinen Racing Oy helped Toyota to develop a highly competitive rally car and also built the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team to run at FIA World Rally Championship.
Already in 2018, the second year after their return, Toyota earned the manufacturers' world championship title, and in 2019 they won the drivers' and co-drivers' world championship titles.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team and the design and development of World Rally Cars will be managed directly by TMC.
From 2021, the WRC operations will be run by Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe GmbH - the Toyota group company responsible for the core functions of Toyota motorsports in Europe.