The Japanese based automaker Toyota, and its Motorsport division, have recently revealed the Toyota TS030 Hybrid, which will race on the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
According to Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the TS030 Hybrid race car will compete in the LMP1 class and the model is coming with a carbon fiber chassis. Under the hood, the Toyota TS030 race car is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.4 liter V8 engine, which is helped by an electric motor, and the whole hybrid system is named the Toyota Hybrid System – Racing. Even if Toyota has revealed its TS030 Hybrid for Le Mans, details on the racer will remain unknown, for obvious reasons.
“Toyota Racing today announced more details on its forthcoming FIA World Endurance Championship participation, including an intention to race two cars in specific races”, as the automaker says in its official press release.
Two Toyota cars will compete in Le Mans, and the first model will be driven by Kazuki Nakajima, Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz, while the other team is currently being assembled and it should be announced soon.
Toyota says that the hybrid powerplant will be fitted on a new developed chassis according to the LMP1 specifications, which will be made at the company’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany, by Toyota Motorsport, while the hybrid powertrain will come from Japan, from the Toyota Motor Corporation. Sadly we don’t have any other details on the 2012 Toyota Le Mans Hybrid race car and until the competition starts you can watch the few images launched by the manufacturer below.