Toyota GAZOO Racing presented his new TS050 HYBRID for WEC Super Season 2018-2019 at the French circuit of Paul Ricard, before the first appointment of the season, the 30-hour prologue that will take place between Friday and Saturday.
The 050 TS2018 HYBRID faces the challenge of an eight-race WEC season with the clear goal of finally clinching the victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will face the challenge in the TS050 HYBRID No. 7While Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima will receive the arrival of Fernando Alonso in the TS050 HYBRID No. 8. Anthony Davidson It will continue to contribute in its role as a reserve and development pilot.
? Although Toyota is the only major manufacturer in the LMP1 category, TGR faces an unprecedented challenge for its hybrid electric technology as the TS050 HYBRIDs will have to fight for victory against private LMP1 rivals, who have 69% more power. made out of fuel.
Thus, the new regulations for this season give private LMP1 teams that do not use hybrid technology 210,9 MJ per Le Mans lap, compared to 124,9 MJ available for the TS050 HYBRID, in addition to 8 MJ of hybrid electric power.
? The TS050 HYBRID's fuel flow has also been restricted, to 80kg per hour compared to competitors' 110kg / hr, in an attempt to bolster the options for non-hybrid LMP1 vehicles, which can also be 45kg. lighter.
The TS050 HYBRID has already raised the bar for performance and efficiency, with the fastest lap ever at Le Mans last year, which it completed using 35% less fuel than the team's WEC debut. in 2012. Advances in motorization technology for the Toyota prototype at Le Mans contribute to both improvements in competition and car production.
Kinetic energy recovery is a key factor in achieving these improvements; Thus, for example, when braking, energy is generated thanks to powerful motors / generators on both axes, which convert it into electricity. This is then used during acceleration to save fuel and boost performance.
It is the same principle by which Toyota has established itself as the world leader in the field of hybrid electric vehicles, with more than 11 million units sold to date. As part of ongoing efforts to develop human resources as well as technology, several production car engineers from Higashi-Fuji Technical Center, Japan will rejoin the team to enhance their skills.
? The 1.000 hp hybrid electric motor in the TS050 HYBRID has been modified to enhance reliability. Otherwise, the vehicle is similar to the one that closed the 2017 season with three consecutive victories.
Some small but productive improvements have also been made to the aerodynamic structure, following strict homologation rules. Additionally, the 2018 vehicle features a Gentex rear view camera, the image of which is displayed for the first time inside the cockpit.
After finishing last season as the fastest vehicle, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's goal is now to be crowned in the unpredictable and always tough 24 Hours of Le Mans, as part of the fight for the WEC drivers and constructors' titles.
The action begins at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on May 5, concluding eight races later at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on June 15-16, 2019.