Motorsport, motor sports or motor vehicle racing is a broad term generally used to cover the collection of organized amateur sports competitions that primarily involve the usage of motor vehicles, particularly for racing but sometimes including other kinds of non-racing competitions as well. These competitions may include sprint races, endurance competitions, time trials and even street-style racing. The most notable motorsport events are Formula 1, the World Touring Car Championship (WTC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These three have been sponsoring some of the major events in motor sports for several years now, with Toyota’s involvement in the sport of Formula One starting more than 30 years ago.
Automobile racing was also one of the first sports to be covered by motorsport. The first major event in this sport was the French Grand Prix held on the streets of the town of Longwy and it marked the beginning of a tradition that would eventually take the world of motor sports by storm. The evolution of motorsport has had its fair share of ups and downs since the beginning. Traditional road-and-street racing became less of a challenge after World War II when bigger and more powerful vehicles were introduced and it gained momentum. The popularity of these types of vehicles eventually faded as other, more radical trends took hold however, and the once all-but-forgotten Grand Prix concept was rediscovered in the 1960s.
The modern history of motorsport can be traced back to the birth of the concept of satellite race tracks and even to the development of the highly successful and popular World Wide Web. These innovations enabled more ambitious and technically superior forms of racing to be developed. The birth of the modern motor sport came with the dawn of new techniques and greater technological capacities that allowed racers and manufacturers alike to push the limits of their vehicles and their racing craft. As more innovative technology became available, motorsport was no longer a radical concept but something that many people could participate in. Today, the modern concept of motorsport and motorsport racing is still steeped in tradition and heritage. In this light, it can be said without exaggeration that motorsport and motorsport racing are inseparable.