For the upcoming season, the most successful car in Toyota’s circuit racing history, a 1,000PS four-wheel-drive hybrid prototype, has been modified with revised aerodynamics and further fine-tuning of mechanical parts to strengthen reliability.
“Our car for this new season is not radically different from last season’s car”, said Toyota Technical Director, Pascal Vasselon.
“We introduced the TS050 HYBRID in 2016 so there has been ongoing development over the seasons; this year’s updates are about optimising details and reliability. The most obvious change is the bodywork; we have updated the aerodynamics of the car and elsewhere there are minor modifications for reliability.
“Obviously, last season we had the strongest package and this showed in the race results. But when you look at the development rate of our competitors, from Le Mans 2018 to Le Mans 2019, you see a big step in their performance.
“Out of respect for their ability to improve their cars and extract more performance from their package, we could not stand still. We have never under-estimated their capabilities so we needed to continuously improve our package wherever it was possible and efficient.”
Behind the wheel, the #7 TS050 HYBRID features an unchanged line-up of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López while Brendon Hartley, a former Le Mans winner and WEC champion, joins World Champions Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 car.
Thomas Laurent will combine his new role as test and reserve driver with an LMP2 race seat with Signatech Alpine in order to enhance his development.
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