Toyota is expanding its business to racing sports car, and the is going to build a new hybrid race car for Le Man race that will be held next year.
Toyota intends to enter the hotly-contested LMP1 class starting next year with a car powered by a petrol hybrid power-train. Toyota’s presence on Le Mans racing next year will meet other popular diesel racing cars including from Peugeot and Audi.
Many analysts predicted that, Toyota’s move to join the Le Mans racing will take another one or two year to find the perfect ingredients for success at the hybrid level, as Audi has been beaten twice during the last 12 years, while Audi is a sister company to Bentley, which won in 2003 owing to Audi’s technology.
Even though Toyota is the world largest car company, the chance seems to be questioned, since Toyota is not yet familiar with Le Mans’ racing. Meanwhile, Peugeot is preparing its 908 Hybrid 4 for 2012, and is now already on track. The Peugeot’s 908 Hybrid 4 was publicly shown at Geneva Motor Show back in March this year. The first shakedown run in mid-September, and its first track test at Estoril in Portugal took place last week.
Thus far, no technical info about Toyota’s latest hybrid racing sport car yet, but according to announcement made by Toyota Motorsport Chairman, Tadashi Yamashina, the company is preparing to write new chapter in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Will the latest hybrid engine is a modification of the Toyota R36V liter twin-turbo V8 with 600 bhp? Or changing the Toyota GT One engine?
Do you think Toyota going to outsmart other participants in 2012’s Le Mans racing? Can’t wait to see the latest hybrid technology from Toyota!