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    Toyota 2012 Le Mans and WEC entry

    Really guys? No-one's picked this one up yet?



    Toyota has confirmed that it will make a fully-fledged return to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with a petrol hybrid LMP1 car, as predicted by AUTOSPORT in June.

    The programme will mark Toyota's first full-scale Le Mans bid since its GT-One car of 1998 and '99. Toyota had already rejoined the LMP1 ranks as engine supplier to Rebellion Racing this year.

    The new car will enter several other World Endurance Championship rounds alongside Le Mans. Its chassis will be constructed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH - formerly the firm's Formula 1 operation - with the engine coming from the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.

    Tadashi Yamashina, Toyota Motor Corporation Senior Managing Officer and TMG chairman, said the hybrid technology element was key to Toyota's return to sportscar racing's top flight.

    "Toyota Motor Corporation has entered Le Mans before but by using our hybrid technology this time will be a completely new challenge," he said.

    "We want to write a new page in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as in the FIA World Endurance Championship, through our use of hybrid technology.

    "In addition, we aim to learn from the experience of competing in such a challenging motorsport environment to enhance our production car technology.

    "Le Mans is a legendary race and I would like to thank the ACO and the FIA for their constructive and positive cooperation over the last few months."

    A Toyota statement said the new car "is planned to take part in a roll-out around the turn of the year prior to an extensive test schedule in early 2012."

    Toyota's previous Le Mans programme saw it take pole position and finish second in the 1999 race, before it switched its attention to its forthcoming F1 operation.
    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/95341
    R.I.P Dan Wheldon
    R.I.P Marco Simoncelli
    R.I.P Guido Falaschi
    You'll never be forgotten.

    #2
    Great news! I hope it will be technically mature until Le Mans and will provide some keen competition for the diesel powered cars!
    when the flagg drops - the bullshit stopps

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      #3
      Yep, that's excellent. Nissan, your move.
      You're an inspiration for birth-control.

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        #4
        They should totally use this livery:



        I am so fucken happy to see Toyota back in lmp. Let's hope Nissan becomes more than an engine supplier in the near future.
        Understeer is when you hit the tree with the front, oversteer is when you hit it with the back.

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          #5
          Originally posted by nsx_23 View Post
          They should totally use this car
          FTFY

          Great to see Toyota back.

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            #6
            http://www.oreca.fr/wp-content/uploa...bH_2012_GB.pdf

            TMG will build the cars, while Oreca will be racing them.
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              #7
              http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/95979

              First three drivers confirmed: Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima. No word so far as to how many cars Toyota will field next year, so far it's possible to assume that it'll be a single car with these three as teammates.
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                #8
                why would Wurz abandon the established peugeot team to take a gamble at toyota?

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                  #9
                  I'm guessing it's a full-time drive while Peugeot was only offering a role as a third driver in the long races.

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                    #10
                    great to see Toyota back there, was a bit surprised at Wurz going there also

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                      #11
                      Wurz says deal too good to miss
                      "And this is the car that Jeremy has chosen...because he's an idiot." - James May



                      http://www.mygranturismo.net/31731

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                        Understeer is when you hit the tree with the front, oversteer is when you hit it with the back.

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                          #13
                          Since it's unveiled and going through the process of getting ready to race now, why not discuss it in the thread about the series it's going to race in?

                          http://forums.finalgear.com/motorspo...-thread-52209/
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                            #14
                            indiviual cars can get their own thread imo

                            is it just me, or does that car look like it's 5m long? side profile looks like shit tbh

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                              #15
                              It's that damn big honkin fin, screws up the side profile of any car.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by bone View Post
                                indiviual cars can get their own thread imo
                                In that case, do we need a thread for the Audi, a thread for the HPDs, a thread for the Oreca-Nissans, a thread for Pescarolo...? There's too few of us to discuss this stuff around here, compared to other forums like Ten-Tenths where there's a full subforum for sportscar racing, so it's probably more economical that it all stays in one place.
                                Last edited by vikiradTG2007; January 26th, 2012, 9:15 AM.
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