Recently unveiled at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France, the all-new Toyota TS050 Hybrid is a sight to behold, ready to take on the new season of the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Since joining the championship four years ago in 2012, Toyota has now produced three high-performance vehicles, with the TS050 Hybrid indisputably the fiercest, most powerful and most capable yet – and it’ll need to be in order to achieve Toyota’s tough self-set performance targets for the nine-race season.
The Japanese marque is looking to return to the head of the pack as leader of a ruthlessly competitive WEC field, after winning LMP1-H in 2014 but missing out on last year’s title.
The TS050 Hybrid’s powertrain has been developed by Toyota’s Motor Sport Unit Development Division at the brand’s Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre in Japan – a 2.4-litre twin-turbo direct injection V6 engine is paired with an 8MJ hybrid system to power the Toyota creation. Toyota’s turbo engine technology can be used in the brand’s road cars as well as in its racing endeavours.
With regenerative braking, revised suspension kinematics, a redesigned chassis, enhanced aerodynamics and improved underfloor airflow, the TS050 Hybrid will offer maximum performance and efficiency from every angle, and is set to start the season with a bang at Silverstone on 17th April.