Toyota unveils new livery for 2016 WEC season

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Toyota has overhauled its traditional blue and white livery for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season in favor of a striking new design.

The Japanese manufacturer endured a difficult campaign in 2015 that yielded not a single victory and just two podium finishes as rivals Porsche and Audi got the jump in the development race.

As a result, Toyota has had to squeeze two years of development into one ahead of the 2016 season when it will once again field a pair of cars for the entire WEC season.

Although the new car won’t be unveiled until next month, Toyota has revealed the livery it will be running in for 2016 after putting the design on last year’s car.

Gone is the blue and in comes the red for a striking new look, albeit one not too dissimilar to that of Audi’s LMP1 car.

The redesign comes as part of an ongoing adoption of the Toyota Gazoo Racing name, under which banner the team will race in the WEC this year.

“The name first appeared as a logo on the TS040 Hybrid at last year’s Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and was carried for the remainder of the 2015 season,” a statement from the team read. “Now it is the team’s official name, meaning it will appear on all official WEC communication, including entry lists and television graphics.

“Toyota Gazoo Racing reflects a Toyota Motor Corporation philosophy to emphasise motorsport as a tool to make ever-better road cars.

“This philosophy is already embraced by the WEC programme, with hybrid technology and knowledge transfer from the race track benefiting road car development and engineers since the beginning of the project in 2012.

“The Toyota Gazoo Racing name is also used for Toyota new World Rally Championship project, as well as in various grassroots motorsport activities in Japan and the Nürburgring 24 Hours.”

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.