Toyota Racing has revealed the TS040 Hybrid endurance racing car and its revised driver line-up for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
With a maximum power of 1000PS – 520PS from a 3.7-liter petrol engine and 480PS from two electric motors/generators located on each axle – the TS040 Hybrid is one of the most advanced racing hybrids.
Developed specifically for the revised WEC technical regulations, which put a particular focus on fuel economy, the new Toyota Hybrid system has to deliver a 25 percent reduction in fuel usage compared to 2013. Savings are achieved through powertrain, aerodynamics and driving style efficiencies.
The TS040 Hybrid features an Aisin AW motor-generator on the front axle complementing the Denso unit on the rear. Under deceleration, the motor-generators apply braking force in combination with traditional mechanical brakes to harvest energy, which is transferred via inverter to the Nisshimbo super-capacitor. During acceleration, the motor/generator reverses its function, acting as a motor to deliver a 480PS power boost.
That four-wheel-drive hybrid power is linked to a normally-aspirated V8 engine, both having been developed by Motor Sports Unit Development Division at the Higashifuji technical centre, where next-generation TOYOTA road car technology is born.
Designed, developed, manufactured, built and operated by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) in Cologne, Germany, the TS040 Hybrid chassis represents a major evolution on the TS030 Hybrid and embraces regulation changes which see maximum width reduced by 10cm and a series of safety items introduced.
The driver line-up for the 2014 season includes Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima on the #7 car, with Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi in the #8 car. The TS040 Hybrid made its track debut at Paul Ricard on 21 January and has subsequently completed 12 days of testing across Europe, covering around 18,000km.