Toyota announced that three drivers, Woods, Rappel and Kazuki Nakajima, will join the team to drive a new Toyota hybrid LMP1 car to compete in the 2012 WEC World Endurance Championship.
In the new season, Toyota will choose to participate in some WEC events, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. This will be the first time the Japanese manufacturer has returned to the top Le Mans category since the 1990s. It is reported that two-time Le Mans champion and former F1 driver Wurz will transfer from Peugeot to Toyota. “At first, when I heard about the opportunity to join the Toyota team, I immediately became very excited and wanted to join in,” Wools said.
“I like endurance racing. I have been a fan of Le Mans since I was a child, so I have a lot of memories of Toyota's past racing history. At that time, the Toyota GT-One racing car was very charming and looked cool.” As a Le Mans with ambitious goals Mang expedition, legendary history combined with the strong technical capabilities of Toyota Motorsport Division (TMG), created a very attractive combination.
Lapierre is a member of the ORECA team. He won the championship with his teammates in this year's Sebring 12 Hours. As part of the team’s cooperation with Toyota, Rappel will join Toyota. Rapper said he was honored to be selected by Toyota, and he was very excited to be able to participate in the race with a hybrid vehicle.
The opportunity to return to the highest category at Le Mans has allowed Kazuki Nakajima, a former Williams F1 driver and Toyota's long-term training target, to return to top international events. He returned to Japan to compete after losing his F1 driver's seat. At present, the three drivers are already working on Toyota's simulator, and they will conduct the first test on the track in early 2012.