Toyota wants to break its record at Le Mans on a modified prototypeDecember 26, 2019
Toyota Gazoo Racing plans to break the Le Mans lap record at the end of the 2019/2020 season, pulling its TS050 HYBRID prototype out of the shackles of the regulations, according to the American magazine RACER.
In this case, the Japanese manufacturer will repeat the Porsche move, whose 919 Hybrid prototype, which is not bound by the WEC regulations, set an absolute circle record in the Spa Francorchamps and on the Nurburgring North Loop.
“I will never forget a record 3.14,791 from Kamui [Toyota pilot Kamui Kobayashi set this time in 2017]. In fact, I assumed that we could get out of 3 minutes 15 seconds, ”recalls Rob Lepin, director of Toyota Gazoo Racing. “I even told some kind of journalist about it, but in response I received:“ Yes, you are crazy! ”Kamui then created a sensation.
Current rules do not allow us to show what the machine is capable of. We updated the aerodynamic component, making the chassis even faster, but the Equivalence of Technology restrains us for the sake of private teams.
So we are very seriously considering doing the same as the Porsche. I would really like to unleash the potential of the car in Le Mans and with good pilots. What will Kamui show behind the wheel of a TS050 that is not bound by any restrictions? Will it be out of 3 minutes 10 seconds? ”
The current WEC championship season will be the last before retiring the prototype class, which will be replaced by hypercars. This means that Toyota’s record can hold for many years.
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