[Car home race] Toyota has confirmed that they will return 100% to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year and use gasoline hybrid racing cars to participate in the LMP1 group. This plan will mark Toyota's first full-scale Le Mans attempt after racing with GT-ONE cars in 1998 and 1999. This year, Toyota has supported the Rebellion team in the LMP1 race as an engine supplier.
In addition to participating in Le Mans, the new car will also participate in some rounds of the World Endurance Championship. The chassis of the car will be built by Toyota Motorsport Co., Ltd.-previously responsible for the F1 project, and the engine will come from Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation Sports Director TMG Chairman Tadashi Yamashina said that the introduction of hybrid technology is the key to Toyota's return to top-level motorsports.
“Although Toyota Motor Corporation has participated in Le Mans before, this time we use hybrid technology, which will be a new challenge. By using hybrid technology, we want to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship. Write a new page in history. In addition, our goal is to learn from experience and compete in this challenging racing environment to improve our car production technology. Le Mans is a legendary race, and I want to thank ACO Constructive and active cooperation with the FIA in the past few months.” Shan Kezhong said.
Toyota's statement mentioned that the new car is planned to be released at the end of the year and the beginning of the test in early 2012. Before shifting energy to F1, Toyota had previously won pole position in Le Mans and won the runner-up in 1999.