The evolved design has undergone rigorous testing over the winter months with endurance programmes, including tests at Portimao and Aragon completed, in an effort to ensure it meets its primary targets of winning the FIA WEC for a second time and taking a so-far-elusive Le Mans victory.
Toyota will showcase its most efficient design yet as it races to modified regulations.
As the only hybrid entry, Toyota will have a restricted fuel flow to 80kg per hour compared to the 110kgs for non-hybrid cars. To be sure the Japanese manufacturer can mitigate the restriction, the team will be testing both low and high-downforce configurations at Paul Ricard, with the intention of using this set-up at the opening round at Spa and at Le Mans in June.
“Unlike previous years, the upgrades on our 2018 car are limited”, said Toyota Technical Director, Pascal Vasselon.
“In addition to reliability improvements on the powertrain, we updated the cooling system and developed the bodywork within our 2017 homologation. In terms of outright performance, in the past four years we have had a car fast enough to win Le Mans on three occasions, with no fundamental reliability issues. We always have to improve and there was room for improvement to reach our obvious targets.”
All 35 entrants will begin testing at 10h00 Friday (06 April) for the start of the 30-hours of testing available at Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet.
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