Toyota 90C-V

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Toyota 90C-V
Category Group C1
Constructor Toyota
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fiber monocoque
Length 4670 mm
Width 1990 mm
Height 1000 mm
Engine Toyota R32V and R36V
3.2 liter or 3.6 liter V8 Twin-turbo
Transmission 5-speed manual
Tyres Bridgestone
Dunlop
Competition history
Notable entrants Toyota Team TOM's
Toyota Team SARD
Notable drivers United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Japan Hitoshi Ogawa
United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Austria Roland Ratzenberger
Debut 1990 500 km of Fuji
Races Wins Poles
18 1 4
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Toyota 90C-V was a racing car built by Toyota, developed as a Group C1 car. It took part in the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, the World Sportscar Championship, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

All Japan Sports Prototype Championship[edit]

The 90C-V raced in the 1990 All Japan Sports Prototype Championship (JSPC). It raced alongside the 89C-V for the first two races at Fuji. The 90C-V achieved its only victory at its debut race at the Fuji 500 km. The car achieved moderate results for the remainder of the season, finishing in the top 10 in most races.

The 90C-V also took part in the first two races of the 1991 season. It finished 3rd and 5th in those races, before it was replaced by the 91C-V for the remainder of the season.[2]

World Sportscar Championship[edit]

The 90C-V participated in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship season. It did not produce the same results as it had in the JSPC. Its best finish came at season opener, where it finished 4th at the 480 km of Suzuka. However, it finished outside the top 10 in every other race.[3]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Toyota entered 3 cars into the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the numbers #36, #37, and #38. The best in qualifying of the three cars was the #36 car driven by Geoff Lees, which qualified 10th for the race. The #37 and #38 cars managed 14th and 16th in qualifying, respectively.

The #37 car retired about 4 hours into the race due to an accident, with Aguri Suzuki driving at the time. Then, during the 18th hour, the #38 car suffered an engine failure, leaving the #36 car the only 90C-V still in the race. It eventually finished in 6th position (both overall, and in class), 12 laps behind the leader.[4]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toyota 90C-V information". Toyota Racing. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  2. ^ "All Japan Sports Prototype Championship results (1983-1992)". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ "1990 World Sportscar Championship results". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  4. ^ "1990 24 Hours of Le Mans". Lemans.org. Retrieved 2012-11-18.