After a year and a half of intense work, the Toyota GAZOO Racing officially presented the Toyota GR010 HYBRID, the hypercar with which it will compete this year in the World Endurance (WEC). The vehicle was developed on the new technical regulations LMH, which replaces the LMP1 used until last year.
With this model the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, English Mike conway and the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi They will come out to defend the title they won last year. The other unit will be led by the Swiss Sébastien Buemithe Japanese Kazuki Nakajima and the New Zealander Brendon Hartley.
The hypercar that replaces the TS050 HYBRID The LMP1 features a powerful all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain, with a 6-liter V3.5 biturbo engine providing 680 CV to the rear wheels and which is combined with a 272 hp engine, developed by AISIN AW and DENSO, on the front axle. Total power is capped at 500kW (680PS), which means that the sophisticated electronics of the GR010 HYBRID reduce engine power according to the amount of hybrid boost implemented.
The striking new look of the racing prototype reflects the look of its inspiration, the hypercar GR Super Sport which made its public debut during an exhibition at the 24 2020 Hours of Le Mans and is currently in development. To mark this new era for Toyota GAZOO Racing, a new livery includes the iconic letters GR to indicate the strong link between racing and road cars.
As part of a cost reduction initiative incorporated into regulations, the new GR010 HYBRID is 162 kg heavier and with 32% less power than its predecessor TS050 HYBRID, and Le Mans lap times are expected to be around 10 seconds slower. It also has larger dimensions; it is 250mm longer, 100mm wider, and 100mm taller.
For the first time since the start of its WEC project, Toyota will participate without a rear engine generator unit as the only one allowed must be on the front axle. This means that a starter must be installed, while fully hydraulic rear brakes are also required.
The GR010 HYBRID features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, optimized for efficiency and developed using powerful computational fluid dynamics and wind tunnel testing software. The new technical regulations allow a single homologated body pack, with a single adjustable aerodynamic device. Therefore, the GR010 HYBRID will compete in the same specification on low and high downforce circuits, with an adjustable rear wing that modifies the aerodynamic characteristics.
The tournament will begin on March 19 with the 1.000 miles of Sebring. The 24 Hours of Le Mans, the event's flagship race, will be held on June 12 and 13.