The commitment of TRD Indonesia and TTI (Toyota Team Indonesia) to participate in the world of off-road competition never seemed to disappear. When there was double cabin special class in the arena of Indonesia Xtreme Off Road Racing, Team TTI and TRD would appear with 2 Toyota Hilux VNT. Now the move is continued by following the international-scale event that is Federal Vessel Asia Cross Country Rally 2017 (FVACCR) in Thailand 13 to 19 August. This prestigious annual event is positioned as "Mini Asia Rally Dakar". Event FVACCR is held with the concept of always moving location and has a class of four-wheel or two-wheel (motor trail).
"TRD Indonesia wants to motivate Indonesia off-road racing world to the international level, just like any other motorsport category," said Toshio Obara - Vice President of PT TRD Indonesia. Memet Djumhana - one of the important figures in TTI also said, "TTI with TRD Indonesia and also Takuma GP is preparing the latest Toyota Fortuner that has been specially modified for FVACCR. Takuma Aoki will be the driver." "For this first racing we enlist with a Japanese driver, but in the future it is not impossible for an Indonesian driver to be seated in this car cabin.
Takuma Aoki is a former GP500 racer (now MotoGP) who last raced in 1997. In his last racing, Aoki suffered a severe accident and forced him to quit his career in the world's highest class of motor racing. Since then Aoki must use a wheelchair.
According to Obara, persistence and passion that is owned by Aoki is the reason why TRD Indonesia and TTI give the confidence to ride the 2.8 L turbo diesel engine Fortuner. "Hope what Aoki is doing will inspire other disabled people. Disability is not an obstacle to keep moving forward and get achievement, "said Obara.