Toyota Goes Van Racing: "Sky's the Limit!"

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Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that its new Proace van will compete in the British Touring Van Championship.
British Touring what? Yep, it's a new series slated to debut this summer and it seems that three UK independent touring car teams have already agreed to hoon race-prepped Proace vans around the tracks of Britain. At least that's what Toyota said today, April 1, get it?

"The Touring Van Championship is just the kind of cost-conscious racing Britain needs. The Proace carries up to 1.2 tonnes in its seven square meters loadspace, so everything you need to go racing can be carried in the back. No big trucks, no catering wagons, no fancy-dan hospitality units – if it won’t fit in the Proace then it’s not needed at the circuit," said championship spokesman Gideon Gleman.

Before competing in the newly established British Touring Van Championship, the Toyota Proace will undergo full race assessment at the Nurburgring, during the annual Lastkraftwagenpokal meeting.

"Volvo raced an estate car back in the ‘90s, so we see it as a natural evolution of touring cars to embrace vans as a holistic, 360-degree engagement with stakeholder behaviours. If you want inclusivity in British motorsport, count us in! Toyota has a fine history of truck racing in America – even Kimi Räikkönen has been behind the wheel of a high-speed Tundra pick-up – so the sky’s the limit," Gleman added.

Editor's note: This could have been a lot of fun...
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