Friday, October 14, 2011

Toyota Returns to Le Mans!

Here's some great news just before the weekend: Toyota is returning to Le Mans next year with a contender designed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany (former F1 team base) and driven by a hybrid powertrain. The car looks stunning (if I may say so) and I just can't wait to see it in competition next year!

Earlier this year, Toyota's name returned to Le Mans with a technical partnership with REBELLION Racing. They've gone on to win the manufacturers title, really impressive stuff.

Here's what Toyota had to say about their latest motorsport venture:

So now you know. Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2012, as well as participating in several races of the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship.

As if the news of our return to top-level motorsport was not interesting enough, Toyota’s hybrid technology adds a new and fascinating aspect to it all. Variety is part of the DNA of Le Mans so expect a unique spectacle next season as petrol, diesel and hybrid cars go head to head.

This exciting news opens a new chapter in TMG’s history at the legendary Le Mans race – our GT-One took pole position and second place in 1999 while this year we supplied engines to Rebellion Racing, who were the leading petrol car after 24 long hours racing.

And TMG is ready for the unique challenge of introducing hybrid technology to the world’s most gruelling race. As you can see from our illustration, the LMP1 chassis is taking shape and promises to look stunning, just as the GT-One did all those years ago.

But please be patient. It was important to us to let everyone know our plans as soon as possible, but many significant details – such as team name, our exact schedule, etc. – are still awaiting confirmation. So expect more good news soon and we hope for your support on this new, thrilling motorsport adventure.

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