Toyota Racing has today taken the covers off the highly anticipated TS030 HYBRID.
Based out of Toyota GmbH – the German facility used for their previous F1 campaign – Toyota Racing will enter two TS030 HYBRIDs in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. The unveiling occured at Paul Ricard, where ex-F1 driver Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre performed a shakedown.
The TS030 uses an all-new carbon chassis and features Toyota's THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System – Racing) powertrain that was developed with Denso, Aisin AW and Nisshinbo. "It was cool to drive the TS030 HYBRID car for the first time" Wurz said. "Just leaving the garage on the electric power is very futuristic, then when you let the clutch go and the internal combustion engine kicks in it is like an old friend has returned!"
The new team will make its debut in May at the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship: the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. We can't wait!
Here are the specs on the Toyota TS030 HYBRID:
- Charles Kha