Double amputee British racing driver, Billy Monger teams up with Toyota ahead of para sport challenge

Formula 1 presenter and British racing driver, Billy Monger has received a Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Pro sports car, set to support him during a unique para sport challenge.

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Scheduled to be broadcast in August on Channel 4, Billy will participate in a para sport challenge event, set to coincide with the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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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.  It accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 4.3 seconds.

Billy Monger’s Supra has been adapted by Elap, a company that provides bespoke mobility products and solutions. 

The system fitted to the car allows the driver to operate the accelerator and brake by using a hand lever mounted on the side of the steering wheel.

RECOGNITION

With success winning in the Ginetta Junior and British F4, Billy was set to be the future of motorsport with the potential to be driving alongside current Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.

However, a crash on 16 April 2017 at the legendary Donington Park circuit saw Billy contact an unsighted, stationary car at over 120mph, Billy experienced life-changing injuries.

As a double leg amputee, Billy didn’t let this hold him back. In 2018, Billy was back behind the racing car at the March 2018 British F3 Championship.

In 2021, Billy made waves by raising a staggering £3m for Comic Relief during a gruelling 140-mile walk, kayak and cycle over the course of four days.

CHALLENGE

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The next challenge Billy will participate in will be aired on Channel 4 this August, filmed by Whisper, as part of a unique para sporting challenging.

With the help of his adapted Toyota sports car, there’s no denying we’ll need to buckle in for another exhilarating challenge featuring the sportsman.

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