[YesAuto Featured Race] Compared with the misfortunes of the Audi team before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Toyota team received good news in the qualifying race. Their No. 7 car team scored 3:21.789 Won the race pole position. This is the second time Toyota has won pole position in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (The first time was in 1999 and was completed by British driver Martin Brundle)
It was Japanese driver Kazutaka Shima that “smashed” this result in the No. 7 car. At the same time, he became the first Asian driver to win pole position in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 29-year-old Kazuki Nakajima used to play for the Williams F1 team as a driver (2007-09 season), and his father Satoru Nakajima was also a F1 driver.
The number 7 team members who partnered with Nakajima Kazuki also included Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin. They drove a Toyota TS040 HYBRID race car, built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the racing department of Toyota, and its power system was composed of a 3.7-liter V8. The engine is composed of AISIN AW electric motor (front axle) and DENSO electric motor (rear axle), and the combined output power can reach 1000 horsepower. (Compilation/Auto House Guo Feng)