Racing driver Billy Monger is all set to take on a unique para sport challenge to be broadcast on Channel 4 in August – with a little help from Toyota.
The 21-year-old, who achieved success in the Ginetta Junior and British F4 race series before tragically losing both his legs in a race in 2017, has taken delivery of a Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Pro sports car.
His Supra has been adapted by Elap, a company that provides bespoke mobility products and solutions. The system fitted to the car allows Billy to operate the accelerator and brake by using a hand lever mounted on the side of the steering wheel.
The Toyota GR Supra is the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car and the first to benefit from the engineering skills of Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota’s international motorsports arm.
Its performance heart is its 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine, producing 335bhp and 500Nm of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds.
Since his Formula 4 accident, Billy has made a remarkable return to the sport, lobbying the FIA to let disabled drivers race against able-bodied racers and getting back to winning races in Formula 3.
He is also part of Channel 4’s on-screen Formula One team and recently raised over £3million for Comic Relief by competing an Ironman.