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TOM'S Co., Ltd
IndustryAutomobile tuning & parts manufacturer for street and motorsports
Founded1974; 49 years ago (1974)
FounderNobuhide Tachi and Kiyoshi Oiwa
Key people
Nobuhide Tachi and Kiyoshi Oiwa, President
ProductsAutomobile tuning and racing products
OwnerNobuhide Tachi and Kiyoshi Oiwa

TOM'S Co., Ltd (株式会社トムス, Kabushiki-gaisha Tomusu), also known as TOM'S Racing, is an automotive aftermarket parts manufacturer and tuner of Toyota and Lexus vehicles and factory-backed racing team. TOM'S head office is located in Tokyo, Japan.[1][2]

TOM'S most prominently produces aftermarket parts for current Toyota vehicles, and has also created its own special edition of certain current Lexus models.[3][4]

In motorsport, the company is currently heavily involved with Super GT, Super Formula and Super Formula Lights.[5][6]


The name stands for Tachi Oiwa Motor Sport, as the company was established in 1974 by Nobuhide Tachi and Kiyoshi Oiwa.[7] Despite an oil crisis at the time, the two were able to show productive results and a healthy development of motorsports for Toyota.[8] With the support of Toyota, TOM'S went into business in 1974.[8][9]

In 1975 the Toyota Motor Corporation officially recognized TOM'S as an authorized tuning shop.[8] In 1978, the firm opened a garage in the Tama area of Tokyo.[8] The tuning firm expanded to Norfolk, England with branch openings in 1987.[8] TOM'S entered the Japanese Formula 3 as an engine tuner in 1981. In 1987 the company opened a British factory to produce Formula 3 engines for Europe. They also were F3 chassis manufacturers from 1991 to 1997.

In 1993, TOM'S produced vehicles for the Japanese Formula 3000.[8] In 1994, the firm marked its 20th anniversary with "TOM'S Angel T01", a commemorative model.[8] 1995 saw the lightweight sports car series T101, T082, and T020.[8] In 2003, TOM'S modified vehicles entered the All Japan F3 Championship group of the All Japan GT Championship.[8]

List of TOM'S complete cars[edit]

TOM'S T020 (MR2) complete car
TOM'S Supra 340kmh speedometer

Also the aero work done to the number 36 Castrol TOM'S SUPRA (1997 GTC 500 Champion with Michael Krumm and Pedro de la Rosa).[18]


TOM'S SC 430 GT500
TOM'S GR Supra GT500
TOM'S Super Formula Toyota RI4A

Outside of aftermarket tuning and parts, TOM'S Racing has a long history within the world of motorsport. Since its founding in 1974, TOM'S has continuously stayed involved in automotive racing, as a tuning partner, engine supplier, or racing team, especially with Toyota factory-backed racing teams.[2]


Japanese Formula 3 Championship[edit]

TOM'S Racing had a large involvement and repeated success in the now-defunct Japanese Formula 3 Championship.

They won the championship a record 21 times: in 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018.[2]

Super GT / JGTC[edit]

TOM'S Racing has been consistently involved in the Super GT racing series, the top level of Japanese sports car racing, since 1995 when it was called the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC). The team has raced both Toyota and Lexus silhouette cars.

TOM'S has won the GT500 Class Championship six times: in 1997, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2017, and 2021.[2][19][20]

24 Hours of LeMans[edit]

From 1985 until 1993, TOM'S competed in the 24 Hours of LeMans, with a best result of 2nd place in 1992 with a Toyota TS010.[2]

All Japan Sports Prototype Championship[edit]

TOM'S raced in the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship in Group C, winning a championship in 1992.[2]

Macau Grand Prix[edit]

With the second-most team wins in history, TOM'S has won the Macau Grand Prix five times: in 1992, 1998, 1999, 2007, and 2008.[2]

Japanese Touring Car Championship[edit]

TOM'S won the Japanese Touring Car Championship in 1994 with a Toyota Corona E, and in 1997 with a Toyota Chaser.[2]

Super Formula Championship[edit]

In the top level of Japanese single-seater racing, the Super Formula Championship, TOM'S has won the championship four times: in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2019.[21]

Additionally, in its developmental series, Super Formula Lights, TOM'S has won the championship every year since its inception, in 2020, 2021, and 2022.[2]


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  20. ^ "SUPER GT #36". SUPER GT #36 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2023-05-23.
  21. ^ "SUPER FORMULA". SUPER FORMULA (in Japanese). Retrieved 2023-05-23.

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