German companies have previously shown their prototypes prepared for participation in endurance racing World Endurance Championship . More at the end of last year was declassified car the Audi R18 an e-tron is quattro from , made its debut in March, Porsche 919 . Then their offspring presented 2018-2019 Toyota. TS040 is trying to impose competition two German hybrids equipped with an internal combustion diesel engines. The Japanese car gasoline engine.
New technical regulations in the LMP1 class, forced producers to reconsider the principles of creating a racing prototype. Especially in detail told about the representatives of Audi, explaining than R18 e-tron sample in is different from its predecessor. Porsche generally only returns to endurance racing after a 16-year absence.
In turn, 2018-2019 Toyota TS040 Hybrid is a deeply modernized version of the TS030 with a different powertrain. Aspirated 3.7-liter V8 engine with 513 horsepower impact and located in front of the rear axle was replaced by 3,4-liter “eight”. The internal combustion engine is assisted by two electric motors (Aisin AW DENSO front and rear) with total capacity of 473 horsepower for a total of 986 horses. The drive is full. According to the manufacturer, fuel consumption has been reduced by 25 percent.
Brake Energy Regeneration Technologies involved in full – there are inverter which charges the supercapacitors. About the presence of the heat recovery system exhaust energy available in both German rivals, the Japanese are not reported. A lot of time developers have spent in the search for a compromise between efficient aerodynamics and sufficient downforce. The width of the prototypes is reduced, however, is reduced and the width of the tire; curb weight decreased slightly.
The racing debut of 2018-2019 Toyota TS040 at “6 o’clock Silverstone” was more than confident – both cars took the leading position on the podium, leaving the third Porsche team. May “6:00 Spa” also brought a team of Japanese developer success in Belgium – 1st and 3rd places. In second place came the German Audi, which had bad luck at Silverstone.
The competition World Endurance Championship in involved cars are numbered 7 and 8. Pilots “Seven” advocate Alex Wurz, Kazuki Nakajima and Stéphane Sarrazin. Driving a car with eight on board are designed to Nicolas Lapierre, Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson. The reservists – test driver Mike Conway, who joined 2018-2019 Toyota in the camp at the end of . As for the main riders, they led 2018-2019 Toyota Racing prototypes of the battle for the third year in a row.