El Toyota GAZOO Racing you are ready to start a new era with your Hypercar, the Toyota GR010 HYBRID, when the next May 1 begins a new season of the World Endurance (WEC) with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Direct successor to the legendary period of the Group C of the 1980s and 1990s, the spectacular era LMP1 came to an end, now leaving the top endurance racing category in the hands of the generation Hypercar Le Mans (HLM).
The Japanese team, current World Champion and three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is the first manufacturer to be present on the Hypercars grid in 2021, along with the Scuderia Cameron GlickenhausWhile Audi, Ferrari, Peugeot y Porsche, they will join the battle for years to come.
After an intense pre-season testing program, the new GR010 HYBRID Hypercar is ready for its race debut and the team aims to defend its world titles and win Le Mans for the fourth time in a row with an unchanged driver line-up.
For the fourth consecutive season, the world champions, the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, English Mike conway and the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi they will share the N ° 7 GR010 HYBRI; while last year's Le Mans winners, the Swiss Sébastien Buemi, the nippon Kazuki Nakajima and the New Zealander Brendon Hartley They will be at the wheel of the N ° 8 GR010 HYBRID.
Beyond the thousands of kilometers of tests completed on three different circuits since the GR010 HYBRID first spun in October last year, the final step in the preparation for Spa comes with the Prologue, a general test between this Monday and Tuesday.
These two days of testing will allow the Toyota GR010 HYBRID to be on the track for the first time with rival cars, giving the team and drivers an important opportunity to evaluate the new car in traffic and against its main competitors, Cameron Glickenhaus and Alpine, which will compete with a prototype LMP1.
The Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar incorporates a powerful hybrid powertrain of competition with Traction on the four wheels, with a 6 biturbo V3.5 engine, which provides 680 CV to the rear wheels and is combined with a 272 CV on the front axle. Its predecessor, the Toyota TS050 HYBRID weighed 162 kg less and had 1.000 CV, although strict fuel-per-lap restrictions effectively limited top speeds.
With such fundamental differences compared to its conquering predecessor, the drivers will have to adapt their approach, while the engineers finish fine-tuning the last details of the new Hypercar to obtain the maximum performance, particularly when it comes to overtaking the fastest cars. slow of LMP2 y GT.
In addition to performance on the track, the entire team will have to adapt to the new regulations that limit the size of the operating personnel on the circuit to Per people. This cost-saving measure requires significant reorganization and flexibility on the part of mechanics and engineers to maintain high standards of support on the circuit, with Spa being the first time that a small team will operate in a competitive environment.
After the Prologue there will be a practice session on Thursday the 29th. The busy Friday the 30th will have two practice sessions before the starting grid for Saturday's race is defined in a new qualifying format, where a single driver per car will establish a single fast lap.
Toyota GAZOO Racing has an excellent record at Spa-Francorchamps, with five victories since its first WEC race in 2013 and, despite the strong resistance expected from its competitors, the aim is to start the season with maximum points.