Toyota Returns to Le Mans with Hybrid Sports Car
Toyota will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2012 with a new hybrid sports car.
Its return to the world’s most famous endurance race will be with a new LMP1 chassis designed, developed and produced by Toyota Motorsport in Germany, equipped with a hybrid petrol powertrain engineered by Toyota in Japan.
Participation at Le Mans will be one of a number of races Toyota proposes to enter in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, a competition that will enable it to further explore the potential of its world-leading hybrid technology.
The new team will be based at Toyota Motorsport’s Cologne headquarters and it is expected that the new car will be rolled out early in 2012 for an extensive pre-season testing program. Further details about the team will be announced later.
Toyota Motosport’s award-winning engineering services and all its current motorsport projects are unaffected by the announcement of the new racing program and will continue as before. Toyota hopes the new enterprise will provide further impetus to Toyota Motorsport’s successful business development.
Toyota last competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours as a manufacturer in the late 1990s racing the GT-One, a car which famously established a new race lap record in 1999.
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