Toyota Racing Series

The Toyota Racing Series, an automobile racing series for Formula One racing car. It is the highest single-seater racing series in New Zealand and is held annually since 2005.


The series features drivers from New Zealand on an international starter field.

Former driver of the Toyota Racing Series are for example Wade Cunningham and Jay Howard (both IndyCar Series), Brendon Hartley ( Formula 1 test driver ) or Chris van der Drift ( Superleague Formula ). In the Toyota Racing Series launched alongside younger racers but also pilots, who already had some experience in motorsports, such as Matt Halliday, who had previously competed already in the Champ Car and A1GP.

In the race calendar of the Toyota Racing Series is the Grand Prix of New Zealand. In addition to the Macau Grand Prix this is the only racing event outside of the Formula 1 World Championship, which has the status of a national Grand Prix.


The single-seater is based on a designed and manufactured by the Italian racing car Tatuus forged carbon fiber monocoque for the FIA Formula 3 regulations. The chassis is a typical formula car with front and rear wings, winglets and vollverkleidetem underbody diffuser, together with. Are powered by a tuned racer 1.8-liter Toyota engine with the designation 2ZZ -GE. Is operated with the 85 % ethanol - biofuel, thus making about 160 kW ( 215 hp). The unit tires ( slicks ) comes from Michelin (front 20x54x13, 24x57x13 Rear ). The carriage has a total weight of about 480 kg.


  • Feilding (since 2005)
  • Invercargill ( since 2005)
  • North Waikato (since 2009)
  • Taupo ( since 2006)
  • Timaru (since 2005)
  • Christchurch (2005-2008)
  • Hamilton ( 2008)
  • Pukekohe (2005-2008)

Points system

Each race weekend will be extended three races. The first race will take place on Saturday afternoon, the other two on Sunday morning and afternoon. In every race the same points system is applied.