Toyota celebrates its history at Le Mans

The Japanese brand presented the Automobile Club del Oeste with the No. 050 Toyota TS8 HYBRID that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020.

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Toyota GAZOO Racing secured a permanent spot on the circuit of La Sarthe when handing over to Western Automobile Club a treasured piece of your history in 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Toyota TS050 HYBRID N ° 8 who won the 88th edition of the legendary race in the hands of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima y Brendon Hartley in September 2020.

With 1.000 hp, all-wheel drive and a weight of just 895 kilograms, the TS050 HYBRID established itself as the ultimate LMP1 car, achieving the fastest lap ever at Le Mans in 2017, when Kamui Kobayashi recorded a time of 3m14s791s at an average speed of 251,9km / h.

Toyota le mansThat was the first of four consecutive pole positions for a TS050 HYBRID, setting the stage for the other victories in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Mike conway set the record for the fastest race lap, having been behind the wheel of the # 7 TS050 HYBRID that came second in 2019 with a lap of 3m17s297 at 248,6 km / h.

The team president, Hisatake murata, met with the president of the ACO, Pierre Fillon, for the handover ceremony at the museum, where the TS050 HYBRID is the centerpiece of a unique exhibition celebrating Toyota's history at Le Mans.

The exhibition featuring iconic cars from key periods of Toyota's participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which began in 1985, explores the passion and technology, as well as the failures and triumphs, that characterized the company commitment to endurance racing.

Toyota le mansVisitors to the museum began the tour by seeing one of Toyota's first Le Mans competitors, the car of the Group C 86C with the striking colors of Leyton House, which competed in 1986 with Satoru Nakajima, Geoff lees y Masanori Sekiya behind the wheel.

Head-to-head and symbolizing the rapid development that saw Toyota emerge as a true candidate for victory in the early 90s, is their latest Group C car, the # 33. TS010 1992 in legendary Casio signature colors, and the # 1 94CV, a car modified for the new LMP1 regulation for 1994.

Both vehicles finished second, the TS010 driven by Sekiya, Pierre Henri Raphanel y Kenny Acheson, and the 94CV for Eddie Irvine, Mauro martini y Jeff Krosnoff.

The TS020, which wowed racing fans in 1998 and 1999 with its thrilling speed at La Sarthe, will undoubtedly be a fan favorite at the show, while, for a new generation of enthusiasts, its prominent place in the video game Gran Turismo it was a first introduction to a first-class Le Mans car.

Toyota le mansEntering a new era, # 7 TS030 HYBRID achieved its place in the history books by becoming the first hybrid Toyota to lead Le Mans, on its debut in 2012, when Alex Wurz, Nicolas lapierre y Kazuki Nakajima they started a new chapter that would eventually lead to Le Mans glory and three consecutive victories for the TS050 HYBRID.

Fans attending the 24 Hours of Le Mans this week, to witness the first attempt at victory for the new GR010 HYBRID, will have the opportunity to visit the Toyota exhibition and the spectacular Le Mans museum.

The Toyota show will be open every day of the week, until February 20, 2022.

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