Toyota TS040 Hybrid

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Toyota TS040 Hybrid
Toyota TS040 Silverstone Pits
Toyota TS040 at the 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone
Category LMP1-H
Constructor Toyota Motorsport GmbH
Predecessor Toyota TS030 Hybrid
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb monocoque
Suspension (front) Independent
Suspension (rear) Independent
Engine Toyota 3.7 L 90-degree V8 Normally aspirated mid, longitudinally mounted
Fuel Total petrol
Competition history
Notable entrants Toyota Racing
Notable drivers Austria Alexander Wurz
France Nicolas Lapierre
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
United Kingdom Mike Conway
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[1]
Debut 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
8 5 4 4
Constructors' Championships 1 (2014 FIA World Endurance)
Drivers' Championships 1 (2014 FIA World Endurance)

The Toyota TS040 Hybrid is a racing car developed for the 2014 Le Mans Prototype rules. The car is the direct successor to the Toyota TS030 Hybrid that ran in the 2012 and 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Development[edit]

During the 2013 WEC season, Toyota announced that it would continue racing in the 2014 WEC and would thus develop a new LMP1 car for the 2014 Le Mans Prototype regulations.[2] More details were revealed by Toyota Racing technical director Pascal Vasselon at the WEC São Paulo round on August 31.[3] The TS040 will continue to use a naturally-aspirated V8 engine with a supercapacitor system mounted on the rear axle. The 2014 car, however, will add an additional supercapacitor system on the front axle to allow the car to use temporary Four-wheel drive.[4] The car was officially unveiled on March 27, 2014. The car made its debut at the 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 20, 2014.[5]

On December 2, 2013, Toyota Racing announced that it had re-signed all of its 2013 drivers: Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson, Stéphane Sarrazin and Sébastien Buemi. In addition, Toyota Racing signed British driver Mike Conway as a reserve and testing driver.[1]

Racing History[edit]

2014[edit]

The season started with the 6 Hours of Silverstone and the first race of the new LMP1-H rules. Toyota and Audi both brought new cars and were joined by the returning Porsche. In qualifying, the No.7 Toyota took pole position with a combined time of 1m44.774s in the hands of Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima, only 0.005s ahead of the second placed Audi.[6] In the race, the No.8 Toyota took the victory with the No.7 in 2nd after the race was shortened with 26 minutes from the end due to heavy rain.[7] It was the team's first 1-2 finish in the WEC.

At the second round of the championship, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the TS040s qualified 2nd and 4th in damp conditions with the No.8 and No.7 respectively.[8] In the race, the No.8 took Toyota's second win of the season with a margin of 1m13s and the No.7 finishing 3rd.[9] The No.8 car also scored the fastest lap of the race in the hands of Anthony Davidson with a time of 2m01.327s.

At the official test day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 1 June, the Toyotas were fastest, placing first and second on the overall time sheets.[10]

The No.7 TS040 started the 24 Hours of Le Mans from pole, and took the early lead. The No.8 was caught out in a sudden downpour and suffered heavy damage in the hands of Lapierre, losing 50 minutes of time for repairs. The No.7 would continue to lead through the night, only to have a wiring loom failure and officially retire after 13 hours and 53 minutes.[11] The remaining TS040 No.8 continued with the race and eventually finished 3rd.

After a long break the season restarted with the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The No.8 claimed pole position in the hands of Buemi and Davidson, whilst the No.7 qualified 5th.[12] The No.8 took the lead in the initial stages, until a heavy rain shower caught out driver Nicolas Lapierre, who became beached in the gravel. The No.7 also suffered in the rain, losing a lap to the leaders in the red flag.[13] Once the race was restarted, both cars continued and eventually finished with the No.8 in 3rd and the No.7 in 6th.[14]

The next round of the season was the 6 Hours of Fuji in Toyota's home nation of Japan. It was announced that Nicolas Lapierre would be absent from the No.8 car owing to "personal circumstances".[15] The No.8 again took pole in the hands of Davidson and Buemi, with the No.7 qualifying 4th.[16] In the race, the No.8 led for most of the race and finished 1st with the No.7 25 seconds behind in 2nd to take the team's second 1-2 finish of the season.[17]

Complete World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Nat. Entrant Class Nat. Drivers No. Rounds Points WEM
pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2014 Japan Toyota Racing LMP1-H Austria
France
Japan
Alexander Wurz
Stephane Sarrazin
Kazuki Nakajima
7 SIL
2
SPA
3
LMN
DNF
COA
6
FUJ
2
SHA
2
BHR
1
SÃO
4
289 1st
United Kingdom
Switzerland
France
Anthony Davidson
Sebastien Buemi
Nicolas Lapierre
8 SIL
1
SPA
1
LMN
3
COA
3
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
11
SÃO
2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Watkins, Gary (2 December 2013). "Conway joins Toyota in reserve role". RACER.com (Racer Media & marketing, Inc.). Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Watkins, Gary (5 July 2013). "Toyota set to cut back to one WEC entry". Racer.com (Racer Media & marketing, Inc.). Archived from the original on 8 July 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Dagys, John (5 September 2013). "Toyota Reveals Details on 2014 LMP1 Car". Sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Dagys, John (27 December 2013). "2014 Silly Season Update: LMP1". Sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Dagys, John (17 January 2014). "Toyota TS040 Hybrid Set for Unveil in March". John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Watkins, Gary (19 April 2014). "Silverstone WEC: Toyota beats Audi to pole position". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Watkins, Gary (20 April 2014). "Silverstone WEC: Toyota starts 2014 with one-two, disaster for Audi". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Gary (2 May 2014). "Spa WEC: Marc Lieb and Neel Jani give Porsche 919 Hybrid first pole". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Watkins, Gary (3 May 2014). "Spa WEC: Toyota wins again with Davidson, Lapierre and Buemi". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Dagys, John (1 June 2014). "Toyota 1-2 at Le Mans Test Day". Sportscar365.com. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "TOYOTA RACING LUCKLESS AT LE MANS". toyotahybridracing.com. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Watkins, Gary (20 September 2014). "Austin WEC: Anthony Davidson/Sebastien Buemi put Toyota on pole". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Watkins, Gary (21 September 2014). "Austin WEC: Storm and crashes interrupt race, cause red flag". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Watkins, Gary (21 September 2014). "Austin WEC: Audi denies Toyota in dramatic race". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Watkins, Gary (6 October 2014). "Toyota's Nicolas Lapierre to miss Fuji WEC race". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Watkins, Gary (11 October 2014). "Fuji WEC: #8 Toyota denies Porsche pole in dying seconds". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Watkins, Gary (12 October 2014). "Fuji WEC: Anthony Davidson/Sebastien Buemi win as Toyota dominates". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 October 2014.