Hybrid to race in Le Mans
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has announced that they will take part in several races of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The entry will be based upon an LMP1 prototype chassis from TMG, featuring a petrol hybrid powertrain produced by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. The exact scope of Toyota's participation and its official name will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
TMG's high-performance technical centre in Cologne, Germany, where the LMP1 chassis has been designed, developed and produced, will be the base for the team.The car is planned to take part in a roll-out around the turn of the year prior to an extensive test schedule in 2012.
“Toyota Motor Corporation has entered Le Mans before but by using our hybrid technology this time will be a completely new challenge,” said Tadashi Yamashina, TMC Senior Managing Officer and Toyota Motorsport GmbH Chairman. “We want to write a new page in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as in the FIA World Endurance Championship, through our use of hybrid technology.”