Toyota Racing has revealed the TS040 HYBRID car and revised driver line-up which will take it into the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship – and into a new era of hybrid motorsport.
With 480 hp of four-wheel-drive hybrid boost in addition to the 520 hp 3.7-litre gasoline engine, the TS040 HYBRID, was launched at Paul Ricard, has a maximum power of 1000PS and represents the most advanced hybrid technology in racing.
The move to a four-wheel drive hybrid sees Toyota return to a concept which has been part of its racing hybrid development since 2007, when the four-wheel drive Supra HV-R became the first hybrid to win an endurance race, the Tokachi 24 Hours.
The new Toyota HYBRID System Racing powertrain has been developed specifically for the revised WEC technical regulations, which put a particular focus on fuel economy. A 25 per cent reduction in fuel usage compared to 2013 is required, with savings achieved through powertrain, aerodynamics and driving style efficiencies.
A fuel flow metre will monitor fuel usage and penalties will be applied in the race if the three-lap average consumption exceeds defined limits.
The level of hybrid capacity each team commits to determines the fuel allowance. TOYOTA Racing has opted for 6MJ of hybrid capacity per lap of Le Mans.
The new, more open regulations have allowed TOYOTA Racing to implement a major increase in hybrid power, with an AISIN AW motor-generator on the front axle added to compliment the DENSO unit on the rear.
Metroland Media Group for Wheels.ca