Hampton Downs headquarters is next-level stuff for Toyota Racing New Zealand
Toyota Racing New Zealand now has new headquarters located at the Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in the North Waikato.
With a main floor area of 1200 square metres, plus a mezzanine, the all new facility features room to work on all 20 cars in the series - something previously impossible at the old Otahuhu facility - along with parts storage and room to park the race transporter.
Toyota NZ motorsport manager Steve Boyce says the move to Hampton Downs marks a new era in the company's commitment to premium-level motor racing – and to nurturing fresh Kiwi race talent, a view echoed by Toyota's marketing general manager, Andrew Davis.
"When you turn up at the track, it's not just about trying to put our product on showcase," says Davis.
"It's about finding New Zealand's next world champion."
The new facility also marks the next step in the development of Hampton Downs, something that has happened at an ever increasing pace since the track was purchased by Cromwell's Highlands Motorsport Park owner, Tony Quinn.
Quinn's spokesperson and chief operating officer of Hampton Downs, Josie Spillane, said that the operation was delighted to have Toyota recognise the facility as a destination worthy of their support.
"It confirms our belief that we are on the right track," she says.
Spillane confirmed at the event that construction of a four-star hotel would commence, with an expected completion date sometime in the first quarter of 2019.
A cafe, museum and information centre would also soon be appearing at the North Waikato track, with a large glass wall between the Toyota facility and the section of the building that will house the cafe and museum allowing visitors to view a fully-fledged race HQ in action.